Ruine Pfeffingen

The castle ruin at Pfeffingen was once the seat of the Counts of Thierstein-Pfeffingen and is still visible today above the Birseck.  

The Pfeffingen ruin sits on a ridge above the village of the same name. It is clearly visible from the Birseck and the Angenstein Gorge. The first mention of residents in the castle was in the year 1212, when a family called Schaffner from Pfeffingen lived there. The great Basel earthquake of 1356 severely damaged Pfeffingen castle. During the Thirty Years’ War, Swedish troops were billeted there over an 11-year period.
Since 2017, work has been underway to restore the Pfeffingen ruin to its former glory. A good seven million Swiss francs have been spent on renovating the castle buildings, which have always been a popular visitor attraction. They can now continue to be appreciated. Thanks to sturdy new walls, the castle has an impressive new façade. Wider walkways and new information panels, as well as two barbecue and seating areas, now await you on your visit. A particular highlight is the new viewing platform, from where it is possible to see not only the remains of the castle walls that were previously obscured but also far into the Laufental, to the south.  

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Ruine Pfeffingen

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