Knowledge & culture

Burgdorf Castle

A place to feast, sleep, celebrate and be amazed

Burgdorf Castle offers you an exploration of Swiss history, delicious food and drink, and accommodation. Its combined role as a museum, restaurant and youth hostel makes this 800-year-old castle erected by the dukes of Zähringen a unique cultural and educational venue.

In the museum, exciting cabinets of curiosities reveal the castle’s history and allow you to travel to different eras and continents. In the castle restaurant, you can enjoy delicious regional cuisine in a courtly ambience, while the hostel offers comfortable rooms with historic flair.

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    The exhibitions at Burgdorf Castle offer scope for exploration on the following topics:


    Who were the Zähringers and what was life like at the castle in medieval times?

    Burgdorf from above and below

    What was life like in Burgdorf as part of the emerging middle class and as a serf?

    Pestalozzi and education

    How has teaching and learning changed over the past 100 years?

    Urban and industrial history

    How has Burgdorf changed over the centuries?

    Coming and going

    Who brought new ideas to Burgdorf and who left here to spread their ideas to the rest of the world?

    Gold on Mt. Napf

    What is so fascinating about this gleaming metal?

    Dining and accommodation

    Dining at Burgdorf Castle

    The restaurant with around 60 indoor spaces and a wonderful garden dining area is a place for locals and the castle’s visitors to come together. The Assizes Hall also offers a wonderful location for lively parties, banquets and Events.

    Accommodation at Burgdorf Castle

    At Burgdorf Youth Hostel, you literally spend a night at the museum.  Each room is individually decorated and dedicated to a theme relating to the castle’s history. Exhibits teach you more about life in the Middle Ages and the history of Burgdorf. How did people wash in medieval times, what happened during the town fire, and what did children used to learn at school back then?

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      Opening times Today (Saturday) open

      Opening times, museum

      April–October       Mon–Sun 10.00–18.00 hours      
      November–March:    Wed–Sun 10.00–18.00 hours
      Final entry to the museum: 17.30 hours


      Opening times, restaurant

      April–October        Mon–Sun 10.00–22.00 hours       
      November–March:    Wed–Sun 10.00–22.00 Hours


      Opening times, youth hostel

      Daily:  07.00–10.00 / 17.00–22.00 Hours


      Subject to change without prior notice



      Individual entrance fees, museum

      • CHF 14.00 Adults
      • CHF 10.00 Apprentices/students
      • CHF 10.00 IV (invalidity insurance)
      • CHF 6.00 Children (6–15.99 years)


      Free entry for the third child and every additional child.


      Free entry

      Swiss Museum Pass or Raiffeisen card Member Plus Donors and association members Collectors’ associations Kulturlegi or VMS/ICOM pass Guests of the Burgdorf Castle Youth Hostel (included in the accommodation price).


      Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration


      Take the train to Burgdorf, then walk for approx. 15 mins or ride the bus no. 461 to “Burgdorf, Kronenplatz” – from here, you will reach the castle in around 5 minutes.

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