In September 2015 we are staying near Interlaken, in Switzerland, in a lovely hotel on the side of Lake Thun. One evening we were exploring the local surroundings and found a castle or Schloss. Unfortunately it was closed, but that didn’t stop me from having a good look at the exterior. I would like to go back and have a look, as it does sound quite interesting with a lovely garden. The weather was horrible, rainy and quite cold, so the photos were very dark and were headed for the trash. But I wanted a record of the castle, so with a bit of magic, I think I have just about saved them in mono and chrome. Thats another good reason to go back to capture the castle in the sunshine.
A little history that I found……The mighty keep of Schloss Oberhofen dates back to the twelfth century but the main palace and chapel are from the fifteenth century. The picturesque little tower in the lake is even more recent and a typical nineteenth-century addition. One of the first owners of Schloss Oberhofen was Walther von Eschenbach, who was an accomplice in the murder of the Roman German King Albrecht the First in 1308. Ironically, the castle soon after ended up in the possession of the Habsburgs just to lose it again after the Battle of Sempach (1386). From 1844 to 1925, Oberhofen Castle was the summer seat of the Pourtalès family of Neuchatel-Prussian nobility, who converted it into its present state, built the delightful little tower in the lake, and planted the park.