Burgdorf Castle, Burgdorf

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Burgdorf Castle is a castle in the municipality of Burgdorf in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.HistoryDuring the High Middle Ages the land that would become Burgdorf was owned by the Kingdom of Burgundy and then after 1080 by the Dukes of Zähringen. Either the kings or the dukes built a castle on the left bank of the Emme river, this castle was first mentioned in 1080 as castellum Bertoldi ducis. In 1077 and 1084, a fortification on the Emme was mentioned, but the specific castle was not named, but it may have referred to Burgdorf. In 1139 it was mentioned as the Upper Castle which implies that there was a Lower Castle nearby. In 1210 it was called castello Burgdorf.In 1090, the Zähringens inherited the lands of Rheinfelder family when the last male heir died. In 1127, Duke Konrad of Zähringen received the Rectorate over much of Burgundy from Emperor Lothair III. With this authority, they began to accumulate lands and power. During this time the Zähringens founded a number of cities including Burgdorf. Under Duke Berthold V, in 1200, Burgdorf Castle was expanded. The old castle consisted of a gatehouse and attached wall. Berthold V added a tower, donjon and a hall that connected the two. The old market and town was north of the castle at the foot of the hill.
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  • July 19, 2017
    We visited the Castle ifm. a visit to Burgdord. It is nice and well kept and with a great view of the city. Unfortunately we could not get into the castle itself.
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  • June 28, 2017
    Prison condition, massive gates, two keeps, gorgeous moats, lovely position on a hill-everything you want from a medieval castle! Museum is closed until next spring, we were told, but you can visit th...  more »
  • April 11, 2017
    Recommended exhibitions. Interesting castle with wonderful views of Castle village, the Emme and the Bernese mountains.
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