La Tur Castle
|La Tur Castle|
La Tur Castle
|Creation time :||around 1200|
|Castle type :||Hilltop castle|
|Standing position :||Ministeriale|
The ruin of the hilltop castle is 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.
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.
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