Thunstetten Castle is a castle in the municipality of Thunstetten of the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
Thunstetten Castle was built as a country manor house in the Bernese Oberaargau in 1711 to 1713or 1713 to 1715. The castle was built for the Landvogt Hieronymus von Erlach following plans by the architect Joseph Abeille. The castle remained with the Erlach family until 1746. From 1746 until 1971 it had numerous owners. In 1971 the Stiftung Schloss Thunstetten (Thunstetten Castle Foundation) took over management of the building and grounds. Today rooms in the castle or the entire castle can be rented for events or meetings.
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Erlach Castle is a castle in the municipality of Erlach of the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
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Joseph Abeille was a French architect who also achieved eminence as an hydraulic and structural engineer.
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