Neuhabsburg Castle

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Neuhabsburg Castle (Template:Lang-de) is a privately owned castle located in Meggen, Lucerne, Switzerland, built on the ruins of a much older castle. In 1244 the income from the land was granted to the Fraumünster Abbey in Zurich. In 1244/5 the original castle was built by the Habsburg family on the shore of Lucerne Lake. The castle may have been built to replace the old Meggenhorn fort.<ref name="HDS">Template:HDS</ref> While it may have been the summer home of Rudolph I<ref name="Swiss">Template:Cite book</ref> it mostly served as the administration building for a small Habsburg department that covered Weggis, Lipperswil, Küssnacht, Immensee, Kehrsiten, Greppen, Udligenswil, Arth and Holzhäusern.<ref name="HDS"/> The castle was damaged in 1245 following the excommunication of Frederick II by Pope Innocent IV at the Council of Lyon.<ref name="EB">Template:Cite encyclopedia</ref> Following the creation of the Old Swiss Confederacy in 1291, the castle was an obstacle to the new Confederation. However, it was not destroyed until 1352, after Lucerne had joined the original Forest Cantons.<ref name="Swiss"/>

Of the original castle only portions of the square main tower, a thick ring wall and several other buildings remain.<ref name="HDS"/>

The current castle was built in 1871 in a Gothic Revival style and remains privately owned.

See also

  • List of castles and fortresses in Switzerland

References

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External links

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