Restiturm, Meiringen

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The Restiturm, or Burgruine Resti, is a ruined castle in the municipality of Meiringen in the Swiss canton of Bern. The original castle was built in the 13th century and has been rebuilt several times. The castle is situated at the foot of the Hasliberges. The best preserved part of the castle is its tower, which still stands to this day. An examination of the castle interior reveals that the castle was constructed inside out, with the core's construction beginning in 1250. It took another 50 years before the iconic tower was completed.
The castle was the seat of the Knights of Resti, vassals of the Habsburgs. The first construction was in 1250 by Peter von Resti. It overlooks the Haslital and served to control and protect the valley and the trade routes across the Grimsel Pass, Joch Pass, Susten Pass, Grosse Scheidegg and Brünig Pass.
In the 16th century, the castle was abandoned and fell into disrepair. It was restored in 1914 and again in 2004. During this latter renovation, information boards, steel ladders and a terrace were added. Today, only the tower remains. It is owned by the nonprofit association Meiringen and is a listed building.
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  • The medieval residential tower above Meiringen is a good, free (!) Viewpoint. Although there is not much more than just the outer shell with internal steel construction, the place is quite nice. The descriptions are unfortunately limited to the inner layout of the floors and give very little information about the history of the place. However, the term "castle" is certainly somewhat exaggerated for a fortified residential tower.
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  • It’s worth the walk up from the car park to the tower if only for the view of the Reichenbach falls and the snow capped mountain beyond. However simple remains are well documented with a simple insigh...  more »
  • Really well maintained. A surprise to find in the middle of the woods at the end of a walk down from Reuti Hasliberg
  • Since childhood on a wonderful place of strength.
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