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  • Spiez, Switzerland
    0933

    The Castle built

    Spiez, Switzerland
    0933

    According to Elogius Kiburger, the author of the Strättliger Chronicle, in 933 the King of Burgundy, Rudolph II, built the Castle.




  • Spiez, Switzerland
    11th Century

    Castle shield walls and main tower were built

    Spiez, Switzerland
    11th Century

    Shortly thereafter, the Freiherr von Strättligen settled in the castle. Portions of the current castle shield walls and main tower were built during the 12th century and by the 13th century the town of Spiez existed outside the castle walls.




  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1280

    The castle was listed as an Imperial fief under Vogt Richard de Corbières

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1280

    By 1280, the castle was listed as an Imperial fief under Vogt Richard de Corbières.




  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1289

    The Freiherr von Strättligen was co-owner of the castle

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1289

    In 1289, the Freiherr von Strättligen was co-owner of the castle along with a succession of other noble families.




  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1308

    King Albert I of Habsburg was murdered at Windisch on the Reuss

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1308

    In 1308, King Albert I of Habsburg was murdered at Windisch on the Reuss, by his nephew Duke John Parricida.




  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1338

    Johannes sold the castle, town, church and surrounding villages to Johann II von Bubenberg

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1338

    As part of their retaliation for the murder, the Habsburgs withdrew half of the Spiez fief from Thüring von Brandis and granted the whole fief to Johannes von Strättligen. Thirty years later, in 1338, Johannes sold the castle, town, church and surrounding villages to Johann II von Bubenberg who was the Schultheiss of Bern.




  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1340

    The Bubenberg-appointed vogt took orders from Bern

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1340

    By 1340, the Bubenberg-appointed vogt took orders from Bern, but was obligated to raise troops for the Habsburgs. As Bern was de facto independent from their former overlords, the Habsburgs, this created an unstable situation which remained for over 40 years.


  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1386

    Battle of Sempach

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1386

    After the Bernese and Swiss Confederation victory over the Habsburgs in the Battle of Sempach in 1386, the Habsburgs gave up their land claims west of the Aare, which included Spiez.


  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1506

    The castle and surrounding land remained with the Bubenberg family until their extinction

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1506

    The castle and surrounding land remained with the Bubenberg family until their extinction in 1506, when it was acquired by Ludwig von Diesbach. Von Diesbach held it for ten years before Ludwig von Erlach acquired the castle and lands.


  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1600

    The great hall and the northern buildings were expanded and renovated

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1600

    The old castle was expanded in several stages during the Late Middle Ages but little is known about the specific dates or what was changed. In 1600, the great hall and the northern buildings were expanded and renovated.


  • Spiez, Switzerland
    17th Century

    New Castle

    Spiez, Switzerland
    17th Century

    During the 17th and 18th centuries the south "New Castle" was built and then expanded and redecorated in the late Baroque style. The castle was surrounded with gardens, vineyards and forests.


  • Switzerland
    1798

    French invasion of Switzerland

    Switzerland
    1798

    The von Erlach family ruled the town and villages until the 1798 French invasion.


  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1875

    Von Erlach family retained ownership of the castle

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1875

    After the invasion and the creation of the Helvetic Republic, the von Erlach family lost their land rights and jurisdiction over the village, but retained ownership of the castle until 1875.


  • Spiez, Switzerland
    1875

    The castle passed through several owners until a foundation bought the castle and associated church

    Spiez, Switzerland
    1875

    After 1875, the castle passed through several owners until a foundation bought the castle and associated church. The gardens are now open to the public and the castle rooms are used for conferences, concerts, exhibitions and other events.


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