Castle? Of course we have a castle, just a 5-10 minute walk at the top of the hill. The name is Castle Waldegg. If you have a castle then you build it so that you can see the land surrounding it. OK, it is more a chateau than a castle. It was built in 1862 and belonged to a Swiss nobleman who was quite active in France. After the French revolution he lost his influence and it changed hands over the years until 1962. It now belongs to the Kanton of Solothurn, where I live, and it is situated in our village, Feldbrunnen.
So what do you do with a castle if you have one in the back yard? I might take a wheelie in my chair around it for a few photos and even wheel into the garden. Many local people like to have a few wedding photos taken there.
I thought it would be a good idea to take a photo of the photographer as he took his photo of the bride. Generally people just drive their in the wedding car, have the photo taken and go back to the reception. If you an afford it, you can also have the wedding meal in the castle grounds outside. I often hear the music as I wheel past when they are celebrating.
If you are a golden oldie and live in the village of Feldbrunnen, then now and again you get an invitation to have lunch at the castle. on the first floor in the dining room. I have done it once with Mr. Swiss and it is really a good thing. You sit and talk with other village neighbours and the atmosphere is really good. The price is also very reasonable. It was my chance to get onto the balcony on the top floor for a few photos. The next meal at the castle will be at the end of October.
The view from the balcony is quite far and on a clear day you would see the Bernese Alps in the distance. Whilst we were there they were replacing the golden balls on the pillars outside. We live opposite the castle in the village where you can see the houses.
Wherever you go in our village you see the castle. Inside it is not so interesting, some old paintings and a few rooms,
There is even a bed in the castle, prepared for a sleep, but only to look at. No-one today sleeps at the castle, although for a while the descendants of the original owner still lived there. The guy who lived there once served in the Swiss garde for the Pope in the Vatican. I hear many stories and legends about the castle in our area. It has been used for the background to a few Swiss films.
And to finish my little blog
here is another castle in our area, just a little way up the Jura mountains, about 10 minutes by car. This originates in 1294 approximately and was built into the stone walls of the mountain, more for defence.
Sorry if this is sounding more like a history lesson than a blog.