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A PLACE TO BE AMAZED, PLAY, DINE, CELEBRATE AND SLEEP
Heidegg Castle in the Lucerne Seetal valley was formerly an important residence of the Lords of Heidegg and the patrician class of Lucerne. Nowadays, visitors can come to explore history, celebrate special occasions, enjoy concerts and films and stroll through the park and gardens.
The oldest living quarters in the canton of Lucerne
Built on top of a lateral moraine, Heidegg Castle overlooks Lake Baldegg. The castle complex comprises a keep, a chapel, living quarters and a farm, and is situated in an idyllic location, surrounded by forests and vineyards. Inside the keep you will find the oldest living quarters anywhere in Lucerne, which were constructed, according to tree-ring dating, as far back as 1192.
From a noble fortress to a baroque, patrician castle
By 1237, the Lords of Heidegg had transformed this original building into an impressive, fortified tower and accommodation. In the Late Middle Ages, the noble Büsinger family improved the comfort of the living quarters and incorporated elements of gothic style. The nobility in the end made way for families of Lucerne’s patrician class who had made their fortune in mercenarism. The last of these, the Pfyffer family, transformed the keep into a baroque castle tower and founded the Pfyffer von Heidegg branch. In the 18th century, the lordship of Heidegg passed into the hands of the city of Lucerne.
A castle for all citizens
In the wake of the Enlightenment and revolution, the 19th century was marked by a process of democratisation. For fifty years the cantonal estate of the castle was managed by a steward. After the Sonderbund War, the liberal Josef Heggli bought the castle at auction. From then on, the inhabitants of Seetal would amuse themselves playing skittles, sampling the wine from the local vineyards and watching patriotic plays performed in the castle tower. From 1875 on, the rich American Caroline Slidell, having married into the Pfyffer family, turned Heidegg into a high-society meeting place for her guests, members of the upper classes and nobility from across the globe. In 1950, the last members of the Pfyffer family donated the castle to the canton of Lucerne and a museum was set up in the tower. After a complete restoration from 1995 to 1998, the canton handed over management of the castle and its grounds to the Foundation Pro Heidegg.
Explore your way up through the castle
Start your visit in the cellars of the keep, going back 830 years, where you can enjoy a captivating and mysterious staging of the history of the castle. Higher up in the tower, the Habitat Museum offers a vibrant presentation of the lifestyle and housing of the Lucerne patriarchy. The furniture and paintings come from the last owners, the Pfyffer von Heidegg family. The visitor trail, both interesting and fun, also has interactive stations such as the fancy dress trunk and the children’s attic with its marble run, as well as temporary exhibitions. Lastly, with a shop, café and refreshment bar (open on Sundays in good weather) we invite you to linger for a while on the esplanade of the castle.
Celebrate among the roses, vineyards and a panorama of the Alps.
Heidegg Castle is well known for its rose gardens, inspired by the former German Chancellor Adenauer, and for its vineyards that have been growing for centuries. With its original historic buildings and its impressive views, Heidegg is a unique and authentic location for weddings, parties and seminars. The castle offers a variety of rooms, each one more beautiful and convivial than the next: the baroque chapel, the festival hall with its stucco decorations, the vaulted cellars, the castle terrace or the rose garden…
Opening hours as of 1 April to 31 October 2022:
Tuesday to Friday: 1.30 to 5 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10 am to 5 pm
Castle Museum (Children's loft and rose garden):
- Adults: CHF 8.-
- Apprentices and students (up to 26 years): CHF 5.-
- Children (6 to 16 years):CHF 4.-
- Family Card 1 (1 adult and up to 4 children): CHF 14.-
- Family Card (2 adults and up to 4 Kinder): CHF 22.-
- Adults: CHF 2.-
- Apprentices and students (up to 26 years): CHF 1.-
- Children (6 to 16 years): CHF -.50
Groups as from 10 persons
- Adults: CHF 7.-
- Apprentices and students (up to 26 years): CHF 4.-
- Children (6 to 16 years):CHF 3.-
- Swiss Museum Pass
- Raiffeisen Cards
- Members of "Vereinigung Pro Heidegg"
Two picnic areas and playground near avenue.
Dogs are allowed in the park but not in the castle tower and rose garden. Tethering points available.
The castle grounds and rose garden are wheelchair accessible, the castle tower has limited wheelchair access (lift).
- Castle café with wine, coffee, cake;
- Schloss buvette (castle bar) on Sundays in fine weather.
Restaurant Sternen, Gelfingen
By public transport
by rail to Gelfingen and a 20 minutes walk to the castle
Heidegg Castle is located by Gelfingen. From the A1 motorway exit in Lenzburg in a 30 minutes drive.
Parking lots are available.
Hiking tips from Seetaltourismus: Gelfingen-Horben-Baldegg; Hochdorf-Hohenrain-Lieli-Gelfingen;
Hochstamm-Seetal route for e-bikes; cycle route around Lake Baldegg; Karin Thürig track profile; Seetal-Bözberg cycle route, Lucerne-Lenzburg stage.
- Appartment at Heidegg Castle
- Hotel Sternen, Gelfingen
- Seminar Hotel Hitzkirch