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Schloss Ortenstein

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The largest castle complex in the valley of castles and palaces: The stately Castle Ortenstein below Tomils towers majestically above the Domleschg.


About one hundred and twenty meters above the Domleschger valley floor rises on the right bank of the Rhine on a steeply sloping rocky outcrop, called "ort" in Middle High German, Ortenstein Castle. The development of the castle began in the early 15th century with the construction of the striking keep.

The castle was most likely built by the Lords of Vaz. It was initially regarded as an episcopal fief, but soon as the property of the powerful family, which appears in the early 14th century in the possession of the castle "Ortenstain", first mentioned in a document in 1309.

Destroyed - except for the tower
Da Donat von Vaz, who had his residence on Ortenstein and with his additions to the tower gave the direction to later structural development, had died in 1337 as the last of his tribe, Ortenstein came in 1338 to his daughter Rudolf von Werdenberg-Sargans. In 1450 during the "Schamser War" the Ortenstein in Werdenberg was destroyed except for the tower. An arbitral award of 1452 allowed the reconstruction, and the east wing with the cellar carved into the rock was created.

In the following centuries, various owners changed ownership of the castle. In 1875, Ortenstein Castle passed to Dr. Johann Friedrich von Tscharner. He has maintained and enriched the castle since 1955 with a lot of love and a sense of art. The outer form in which Ortenstein shows itself to hikers today was essentially preserved in the first half of the 18th century by the traverse. They have re-listed the west wing and the two corner buildings of the east wing, placed the structure with onion dome on the clock tower and thus given the castle that compact shape that makes it appear organically grown out of the mighty rock alone.

Ortenstein Castle is the largest castle complex in the valley of castles and palaces.

Ortenstein Castle is privately owned and is not open to the public. The system is visible from the Burgenweg Domleschg.


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