War and peace

The only thing that these two castles really have in common is their immediate proximity to a lake. Visconti Castle in Locarno and Oberhofen Castle on the Lake of Thun are both motifs on this year's Pro Patria stamps.

While the 12th century Visconti Castle in Locarno has been besieged, captured and destroyed on numerous occasions, the castle of a similar age in Oberhofen can look back on a far more peaceful history.

Only around one fifth of the original site remains in Locarno. One can only imagine the size of the original fortress. The castle is now a museum.

The site in Oberhofen has changed hands on numerous occasions and has been converted and expanded over the centuries, first as a castle and later as a summer residence. It has been open to the public since 1954.

Jürg Freudiger