Stockalperschloss - Brig, VS, Switzerland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
N 46° 18.896 E 007° 59.454
32T E 422307 N 5129534
Quick Description: Stockalper Castle is the landmark of Brig.
Date Posted: 1/6/2014 6:29:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMJW4E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tharandter
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Long Description:
EN: Stockalper Castle is the landmark of the town Brig. It was built in 1651-1671 by Valaisan merchant, banker and politician Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper and was the largest private building in Switzerland then. Von Stockalper was the most powerful man in the canton of Valais until the mid-1670s, after he was overthrown by his enemies and fled to Domodossola. After a few years he was allowed to return and spent the rest of his life in the castle. The castle was inhabited by descendants of von Stockalper until the 20th century. In 1948 it came into the possession of the municipality, since 1960 it houses the town hall.

The castle consists of a four storey main building in the Gothic style, a three-storey baroque courtyard and three square granite towers with gilded onion domes, which are named after Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.

DE: Das Stockalperschloss ist das Wahrzeichen der Stadt Brig. Es wurde zwischen 1651 und 1671 von Walliser Kaufmann, Bankier und Politiker Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper erbaut und war damals das grösste Gebäude in Privatbesitz der Schweiz. Von Stockalper war bis Mitte der 1670er Jahre der mächtigste Mann im Kanton Wallis, danach wurde er von seinen Feinden gestürzt und floh nach Domodossola. Nach einigen Jahren durfte er zurückkehren und verbrachte den Rest seines Lebens im Schloss. Das Schloss wurde bis ins 20. Jahrhundert von Stockalpers Nachfahren bewohnt. 1948 kam es in Besitz der Gemeinde, seit 1960 beherbergt es das Rathaus.

Das Schloss besteht aus einem vierstöckigen Hauptgebäude in gotischem Stil, einem dreistöckigen Barock-Arkadenhof und drei quadratischen Granittürmen mit vergoldeten Zwiebelhauben, die nach Kaspar, Melchior und Balthasar benannt sind.
The "Official Tourism" URL link to the attraction: [Web Link]

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00

Admission Prices:
Adults CHF 8.00 7-16 years CHF 3.00 children under 7 years free

Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Up to 1 hour

Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle or Public Transportation

The attraction’s own URL: Not listed

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