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Angelo Boog, Wallisellen

Pro Patria – Fortresses and castles of Switzerland

The “Fortresses and castles of Switzerland” series was launched in 2016 with Zug Castle and Neu-Bechburg Castle and continued in 2017 with Castello Visconteo and Oberhofen Castle. The last two motifs in this series are now being issued in 2018.

Hagenwil Water Castle
Hagenwil Water Castle is located near Amriswil in the Canton of Thurgau. It was first mentioned in 1264 in connection with a knight called Rudolf von Hagenwil. When the monastery was dissolved in 1806, it was purchased by its custodian Benedikt Angehrn and has remained in his family’s ownership for 200 years. It boasts a restaurant and produces its own wine. Its rooms can be hired for special events.

Romont Castle
The small town of Romont in the Canton of Fribourg has a varied history, caught amid the conflicting interests of Burgundy, Savoy, Vaud and Berne. It is built on a hill whose highest point is home to the castle bearing the same name, which was constructed by Peter of Savoy in the 13th century. The circular wall and round keep still survive from this period. A 4.5 metre-wide well treadwheel from 1772 can be found in the inner courtyard. Today, the castle is home to the Swiss Museum of Stained Glass.

Jürg Freudiger

The Swiss Pro Patria foundation raises funds to support cultural and social projects throughout Switzerland through the sale of stamps with a surcharge. This year’s Pro Patria stamps are part of the ­“Fortresses and castles of Switzerland” series (2016–2018). As well as the first-day cover, a stamp booklet is also available.  propatria.ch