Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Château d'Alt-Falkenstein
Balsthal, Switzerland



You ring the bell and hope the gatekeeper is home.




A museum displays various periods of local history.





The castle dates to the first half of the 12th century, which in my American friend's mind is ... "old! I want to see old!".









16 comments:

Joe said...

Neat place. Especially the rifle collection :).

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

thanks for this wonderful pictorial tour!

happy Wednesday!

betty

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Looks very comfortable inside for a castle. I guess I was expecting something Viking-ish. I guess they must have remodeled? :)

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Judy said...

I was thinking it would be more "cold" looking inside...Happy to see it with a more "warmer" look.

Changes in the wind said...

Love the picture going down the stairs....Thanks for sharing.

texwisgirl said...

the wood definitely warms the rock up a bit. but i love the stairs most! :)

Evi said...

Alt-Falkenstein? Je suis surprise du bon état des lieux. As-tu déjà visité le Schloss Neu-Falkenstein à Balsthal? Ce n'est plus qu'une ruine... mais si romantique et on peu griller un cervelas dans la cour, sauf si l'herbe est trop haute :D:D:D ! C'est bien vrai que "alt" et "neu" ne sont parfois que des mots, qui ne descrivent pas tout! En ce qui concerne ces deux châteaux ça vaudrait la peine de rechercher pourquoi le vieux a été restauré et conservé et pas le nouveau !?!

Meg said...

Wow. Gorgeous! Although that electric chandelier doesn't seem very old. ;)

Diane AZ said...

Thank you for the tour. It looks surprisingly cozy inside. I love the windows.

Out on the prairie said...

Not as much technology but similar to our lives

Trisha said...

Great tour!If walls could talk....

I love the shot going down the stairs :)

Randy said...

What a great museum. Excellent photos too.

Canyon Girl said...

Living in the US, I sometimes miss OLD, I mean real OLD....

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I will have to agree with most of the comments. The picture going down the stairs is my favorite. I also love all the wood tools on the wall. Great photos Allison.

Dawn said...

Incredible. See? THIS is another reason I need to come visit.:)