Friesenberg Castle (Wynigen)

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Friesenberg Castle
Creation time : 13th Century
Castle type : Hilltop castle
Conservation status: ruin
Standing position : Nobility, Ministeriale
Place: Wynigen
Geographical location 47 ° 6 '6 "  N , 7 ° 43' 44"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 6 '6 "  N , 7 ° 43' 44"  E ; CH1903:  622 034  /  216781
Friesenberg Castle (Canton of Bern)
Friesenberg Castle

The castle Friesenberg is the ruins of a hilltop castle from the 13th century in the municipality Wynigen in the canton of Bern .

Location and description

The castle ruins are located on a long hill, which is surrounded by a ring wall and moat and was additionally protected by a fore-castle .

Not quite three kilometers to the west are the ruins of Grimmenstein Castle .


The castle was the ancestral seat of the Fries , who were in the service of the Kyburger and held the castle rights of the city of Bern . Friesenberg Castle was used to control and protect the high path between Willisau and the Emmental . In 1344 the castle of a Kyburg ministerial was owned by the von Mattstetten family. In 1383 the castle was besieged and destroyed by the Bernese during the Burgdorf War.


  • Fritz Häusler: The Emmental in the State of Bern 1 , 1958, 42–45
  • H. Schneider (et al.): Wynigen , 1985

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