Schloss Spiez

Bernese Oberland

This turreted medieval castle is smothered in oil paintings of its former masters, the influential von Bubenburg and von Erlach families. But it’s the view that will grab you, whether from the lofty tower (which also sports 13th-century graffiti) or the banqueting hall.

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