La Tur Castle

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La Tur Castle
La Tur Castle

La Tur Castle

Creation time : around 1200
Castle type : Hilltop castle
Conservation status: ruin
Standing position : Ministeriale
Place: Zillis-Reischen
Geographical location 46 ° 38 '24.2 "  N , 9 ° 27' 22.4"  O Coordinates: 46 ° 38 '24.2 "  N , 9 ° 27' 22.4"  E ; CH1903:  seven hundred and fifty-four thousand four hundred and sixty-three  /  167409
Height: 1164  m above sea level M.
La Tur Castle (Canton of Graubünden)
La Tur Castle

The ruins of La Tur Castle are located in the municipality of Zillis-Reischen in Schams in the Swiss canton of Graubünden .

South side
Neighboring Haselstein Castle


The ruin of the hilltop castle is 1164  m above sea level. M. on the southern edge of the Vidostobel directly above Reischen, a fraction of the village of Zillis. It can be reached in around twenty minutes via a footpath that branches off to the right at the end of the village.


Preserved is a three-story, square keep of good side 8 meters length at a wall thickness of 2 meters, which decreases with increasing height. The large corner bosses with precise edges are striking . The tower can be entered through an entrance that was subsequently excavated. Inside, square bar holes indicate the position of the floors.

Remains of beams on the west wall show the course of an arbor. There was a high entrance on the northwest side . The tower was only illuminated by a few narrow notches.

At the foot of the tower, separated by a ditch , there are remains of a dry stone wall that could have belonged to a pen .


There are no documented references to the time and history of the castle. However, it is likely to be older than the rebuilt Haselstein Castle on the other side of the ravine and may have been built as early as the 12th century. It is also not known when and why the castle was abandoned. Burned remains of beams and traces of fire inside suggest a fire.

The sources of the von Reischen family are also very sparse. In 1275 the von Reischen, Ministeriale des Bishop of Chur , are mentioned for the first time, later mentions are made from 1277 to 1446, when a Junker Hans von Reyschen is mentioned.

Given the impassable location of the castle high above the transit route from Thusis to the Splügen and San Bernardino passes , La Tur could also have served as a refuge for the population.

In 2001, the castle expert Felix Nöthiger founded the 'pro tur' association with the aim of preserving and securing the ruins. From 2002 to 2009 the castle complex was comprehensively secured and made accessible to the public under the management and thanks to the financial help of Pro Castellis . The Graubünden Castle Association made an important contribution to safeguarding it with five working weeks.



  • Fritz Hauswirth: Castles and palaces in Switzerland. Volume 8 . Neptun Publishing House. Kreuzlingen, 1972
  • Otto P. Clavadetscher, Werner Meyer : The castle book of Graubünden . Zurich 1984, ISBN 3-280-01319-4

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