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Dedicated entirely to glass art, the Vitromusée Romont conserves and exhibits important collections of stained glass, paintings on glass, glass objects and graphic works, as well as tools and materials related to the glass arts. It also contains several thousand fragments of ancient stained glass, as well as artistic glazing and artists’ glass stocks. This concentration of all aspects of the glass arts in one single place makes Romont Castle a unique place in Switzerland.
Romont Castle, situated on top of a 780 m hill, together with the Collegiate Church, the ramparts and the houses inside the walls of the mediaeval city form the seductive and picturesque skyline of Romont. Since 1981, the castle has been the beautiful setting for the Vitromusée Suisse, founded as the Swiss Museum of stained glass.
The large building housing the collection of stained glass (the Savoyard Castle) and the dungeon (38 m high) were built in the 13th century, at the time of Pierre II of Savoy. In the 16th century the bailiffs of Fribourg ordered the construction of the building (Fribourg Castle), which, since 2006, has housed the large collection of reverse glass painting of the Vitromusée Romont. The décor in the former bailiffs’ salon going back to the 16th century is extremely well preserved.
The Burgdorf Castle offers you the unique opportunity to wonder, eat, sleep and celebrate, since it is a museum, a restaurant and a youth hostel, all in one ! In the museum, you will discover a diversity of world views, through its different cabinets of curiosities. In the restaurant you will taste regional dishes in a historical atmosphere, and at the youth hostel you will get a comfortable night's sleep surrounded by old stones, either in a double room, a family room or in a dorm. Burgdorf Castle is the ideal place to celebrate marriages, holding family gatherings or organising seminaries, all in a memorable setting.
An architectural heritage of national importance
Burgdorf Castle is one of the oldest and most important castles in Switzerland. The main buildings, still well preserved, were constructed in red bricks around the year 1200, under the rule of Berthold V, Duke of Zähringen. After his death, the House of Kyburg made the castle their residence, until they loose the war of Burgdorf and have to sell the county of Burgdorf to the Republic of Bern.
An Bernese avoyer, or Shultheiss, (a mayor in medieval Switzerland) took over the castle, making it an administrative centre of the canton, with both a courthouse and a prison, which closed in 2012. In April 2020, the castle re-opened as a museum, together with a restaurant, a youth hostel and halls available for rent.
A museum of curiosities and discoveries
Burgdorf Castle is a large cabinet of curiosities where the objects originating from many centuries and from all continents invite to wonder and discovery. Different exhibitions, based on stories from the castle itself, from Burgdorf and from the Emmental region creates bridges with the outside world and to the present time. Both young and old visitors can themselves become active and solve mysteries or explore the must-sees by following specific paths through the castle. Who will find the castle ghost?
A restaurant for delicacies and a banquet hall for celebrations
The 60-seat restaurant is designed to be a meeting place for both the Burgdorf inhabitants and the castle visitors. The guests will be served regional specialities at every meal of the day. The hall of the old Court of Justice offers a charming setting for lavish festivities, banquets or events, for up to 80 persons. A terrace in the castle's courtyard brings life to the old walls, and private cocktail parties can take place in the tower garden. Seven Fridays per year, the historical ceremonial hall of Burgdorf Castle is also open for marriage celebrations.
Staying overnight in the castle
Who has never dreamt of sleeping in a castle or a in a museum? At Burgdorf Castle, the dream can become true! The comfortable rooms of the youth hostel also hosts small stagings. The youth hostel is open all year-round and offers a total of 115 beds at reasonable prices, either in double rooms, in family rooms or in dorms. The breakfast and museum entrance fee are included in the accommodation price.
Discover the region
Burgdorf Castle is an ideal starting point to discover the Emmental region. The unique landscape calls for hiking or bicycle tours, with or without electricity! The city of Burgdorf and its region offers a vast array of cultural and historical activities and sports events. As a guest of the youth hostel, you are entitled to discounts on certain offers.
From November to March : Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm
From April to October, the museum is open daily, from 10 am to 6 pm
Last entrance to the museum : 5.30 pm
Individual and family rates
- Adult : CHF 14.-
- Students or disabled persons : CHF 10.-
- Children (aged 6 to 16 ) : CHF 6.-
- Family : the third, and every further child receives free admission
- Adult : CHF 10.-
- Student or disabled persons : CHF 6.-
- Children (aged 6 to 16 ) : CHF 4.-
- Swiss Museum Pass
- Raiffeisen MemberPlus Card
- CarteCulture from Caritas
- AMS/ICOM Card
- Guests at the Burgdorf Castle youth hostel (included in the accommodation price)
Picnic areas are available at the castle.
The castle courtyard, the restaurant, the youth hostel and some of the museum rooms are wheelchair accessible.
At the castle
The castle restaurant is open all day.
Delightful halls for marriage celebrations, family gatherings or seminaries.
In the vicinity
- Hotel and Restaurant Orchidee, Burgdorf
- Hotel Stadthaus, Burgdorf
- Restaurant Spanische Weinhalle, Burgdorf
- Restaurant Serendib, Burgdorf
- Restaurant Piazzetta, Burgdorf
- Restaurant Burgdorfer Schützenhaus, Burgdorf
By train :
Directly from Berne (13 min.), Olten (29 min.), Solothurn (27 min.), Thun (53 min.) and Zurich (1h10). From the train station, there is a 15 minutes walk through the old city to the castle. From 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., the bus 461 departs four times every hour towards Kronenplatz, from where you can join the castle in 3 minutes by foot.
By bike :
Burgdorf is situated on the « Heart Route », going from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance. The Emmental region offers other bike tours, for example the circuit around the Napf mountain. You will find a bicycle parking close to the castle hill. The castle also possess a charging cable for electrical bikes.
By car :
Burgdorf is located 10 minutes from the A1 exit à Kirchberg, and is easily accessed from everywhere in Switzerland. Since there is no parking at the castle, please use the Oberstadt parking or other parking places elsewhere in the city.
- Visit the old town of Burgdorf and its historical buildings and numerous culinary offers. On Thursdays and Saturdays there is small farmer's market with regional products.
- Walk to the Saint Bartholomew chapel and the only Maladrerie (leper-house) still in its original state in Switzerland.
- Enjoy a hike up the mountain of Lueg giving you a breathtaking view of the Emmental region and the Alps.
- Bike along the « Heart Route » with your electrical bike, and make a tour around the Napf mountain.