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Heidegg Castle with its gardens, vineyards and gastronomy once served as country home to Lucerne's leading families. Today it is a cultural centre of the Lucerne Seetal valley. Here visitors can experience history, celebrate weddings and parties, enjoy concerts or take a short stroll and relax in the gardens or even hold seminars in the historical buildings.
Heidegg Castle – Experiencing history and holding celebrations
Overlooking Lake Baldegg, Heidegg Castle was once home to Lucerne's patrician families and today serves as a cultural centre in the Lucerne Seetal valley. The castle complex with its tower, chapel and residential buildings is surrounded by lush forests and idyllic vineyards. Starting at the famous rose gardens, visitors can explore the park on romantic paths and discover its chestnut-lined boulevards, rest areas and the "Tobelweg". The castle tower holds the oldest living quarters in Canton Lucerne. Exhibitions and hands-on attractions for young and old alike ensure that visitors experience Heidegg Castle and its history in unique and often surprising ways.
From a simple stone building to a Baroque castle tower
Built during the Middle Ages, the foundations of the modern castle tower might originally have served as the castle's palas, which by 1237 had been expanded into a fortified tower by of the Lords of Heidegg. During the Late Middle Ages the tower was remodelled into a more comfortable castle. After the decline of the Heidegg and Büsiger families the castle was taken over by Lucerne's patricians, who had gained their wealth through trade and foreign military service. The Pfyffer family further reconstructed the tower in a Baroque but still fairly historicist style, inspired by medieval architecture. During the 18th century the city of Lucerne acquired Heidegg Castle, which was later turned over to the canton. A distinctly aristocratic lifestyle was once again celebrated within the castle walls when the Pfyffer von Heidegg family once again moved in in 1875. However, when the last member of the family left it to the canton in 1950, the tower was turned into a museum. Since the last renovations that took place from 1995 to 1998 the Foundation Pro Heidegg has been in charge of running and maintaining the castle and park.
Shedding a new light on medieval times
In 1950 the Pfyffer family bequeathed Heidegg Castle and its entire inventory to Canton Lucerne and the castle museum soon became one of the best examples of the lifestyle and culture of Lucerne's old patrician families. In 2013 a surprising discovery shed a whole new light on the medieval origins of the castle: Tree-ring dating proved that the castle tower hosts the oldest living quarters in Canton Lucerne, a stone building dating from 1192. A visit to Heidegg Castle includes hands-on experience in the builder's hut or the children’s attic with its own marble run, dressing rooms, audio-video cabinet as well as the newly furnished café within the castle walls.
Roses, wine and an alpine view
The ceremonial halls and cosy gardens are ideal for celebrating and relaxing. A network of paths crisscross the castle hill and even in winter both our younger and older visitors enjoying the playground are warmed by the sun.
Opening hours as of 1 April to 31 October 2021:
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