The Domain of Landshut
Sie ist mit Schloss, Park, Ökonomiegebäude, in dem heute die Stiftung Wildstation Landshut einquartiert ist, Orangerie und Nebengebäude im Wesentlichen in ihrer ursprünglichen Form erhalten geblieben und seit 1988 im Besitz der Stiftung Schloss Landshut. Das Schloss und die herrliche mittelländische Umgebung sind ein ideales Ausflugsziel für Familien, Schulklassen, Naturfreunde und Jagdgesellschaften.
Vom 16. Oktober 2023 bis 12. Mai 2024 sind das Schloss sowie das Schweizer Museum für Wild und Jagd geschlossen.
Am Muttertag, 12. Mai eröffnet sich das Schlosstor für die Saison 2024 mit einer neuen Sonderausstellung, spannenden Rahmenveranstaltungen und einer Serie der monatlichen Abendführungen zu aktuellen Themen aus der Welt der Jagd.
Saisondauer 12 . Mai bis 13. Oktober 2024
Dienstag-Samstag 14.00-17.00 Uhr
Sonntag 10.00-17.00 Uhr
Geschlossen: Montags, sowie Pfingstmontag , 1. August (Nationalfeiertag) und Eidg. Bettag.
Der Schlosspark ist das ganze Jahr frei zugänglich.
Anlässe, kostenlose Apéros, Picknicks und dergleichen sind im Schlosspark nicht erlaubt.
Hunde sind gern gesehene Gäste. Ins Haus/Schloss dürfen sie jedoch nicht mitgenommen werden.
Auf dem gesamten Areal gilt die Leinenpflicht! Wir haben um Verständnis gebeten.
A Quaint Aristocratic Gem
This is what a previous private owner called the Landshut Castle in the 15th century. Being the only moated castle in the canton of Bern, even today it captures heart, eye and mind of the visitor, as he strolls through the Park along the walking trails beside the numerous streams, around the castle surrounded by the round pond, and walks over the bridges into the impressive castle court. The base design, formed by the moat and the defensive wall with tower and oriel, goes back to medieval times and served as protection from enemies and floods. The present main building, the former Bailiff’s castle, is nearly in its quadricentennial and imposes itself as a stately ruler’s mansion with an overarching stair tower. In just two hundred years, as the castle was made into a summer residence and the value of life in the open was being newly discovered, the area surrounding the garden terrace and pavilion on the water was supplemented by a Bernese owner, who planted the trees and created the gorgeous park.
In the former living quarters, tastefully furnished rooms from the 17th century can be seen, which are representative of that time. Elegantly cut wood panelling and furniture, master works of cabinetry and carpentry, a room decorated with leather and bold paintings give an impression of the life of that time period, such as an amusing painting of two revellers, who were able to relish too much lush food and drink.
The Swiss Museum of Wildlife and Hunting is housed in former grain houses. That is next to the permanent exhibition about our living animal world, with regular special presentations, which revolve around current questions about the protection of the wildlife and hunting. Unique and on league with the rest of Europe is the collection of historic hunting weapons and musical instruments, which were used in hunting.
During the summer half of the year, the castle is open for six days a week and welcomes visitors to discover its charm and its treasure. The café in the castle courtyard has a special atmosphere and is an inviting place to spend some time. The cross-vaulted cellar, the beautiful garden terrace or the ballroom can be rented for small or larger private parties, drinks receptions or banquettes. A castle tour sets an especially welcome tone.
Trees, Streams and Botany
The 4.5 hectare castle park is accessible year round. The oldest trees, such as the canopy of London plane-trees over the castle courtyard, the great oak on the edge of the pond or the Nordmann firs on the north end of the park, are 200 years old. The impressive population of trees encompasses the fully grown native oaks, ash trees, linden, box trees and maples, as well as the occasional woods of foreign origin. The maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba, which is golden yellow in the autumn, comes from China. The weeping bald cypress, Taxodium distichum, is from the United States.
Two bridges cross over the moat to the entrance of the castle and from the park to the south terrace. The basic features of the today’s garden system and the oldest trees come from early years of the 19th century. At the time, the former Bailiff’s castle was converted into a private country residence.
Whoever would like may take a walk among majestic trees and, at the same time, have an informational botanical tour, supported by the leaflet, which is complimentary and available at no charge at the cash register.
Along with the trees, the water makes the park seem like a garden in the English countryside. The two clear streams, the Mülibach and the Ölibach, come from the groundwater sources in Emmenschachen. The controlled rising of water, stream branches and connecting channels secure the steady feeding of the ring-shaped castle pond. A three-part waterfall provides for acoustic accents. Remains of an old water distribution system in the southwest of the park are witnesses of early techniques of water use.
With very few exceptions, the principles of natural gardening apply in Landshut for ecological, technical and financial reasons. Special attention is given to the valuable old trees. In order to maintain the state of the much visited park, such purposeful periodical measures of care are taken as replacement and new planting.
A stroll through the Landshut Castle Park, at any time of year, is a great experience. Visitors interested in botany will find signs with German and botanical names as well as indications of origin on trees and large shrubs.
Your dog is also very welcome on a leash. At the parking lot and at the wildlife station there are Robidog boxes and a water bowl is available in the castle courtyard.
For a well-deserved break, you can have a picnic on the Brätliplatz, which is designed for hikers and visitors, directly behind the castle on the Emme (8 minutes' walk) Events, free aperitifs, picnics and the like are not allowed in the park (please note the information boards at the park entrances).