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Arenenberg Castle
Napoleon´s castle and its gardens

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One of the most beautiful viewpoints

The views from the panorama terrace over Lake Constance are breathtakingly beautiful. A walk through the gardens at Arenenberg Castle is a wonderful experience at any time of year. And on a stroll through the tastefully furnished house, one has the feeling that the imperial family has just gone out for a short while. 

The emperor’s nursery 

A spiral staircase leads from the parlour with its tented ceiling up to the elegant private apartments of the Bonaparte family, who found a new home in the village of Salenstein in Switzerland in 1817. Little Louis Napoleon, who was to become the last emperor of France, spent his childhood here. His revered mother, Hortense de Beauharnais, entertained her rich and beautiful contemporaries in her salons. 

Enchanting gardens by Pückler 

The landscape architect Prince Pückler put the final touches to the park in Arenenberg by order of the imperial family. The historic water fountain in the English gardens below the palace is a wonderful place for a picnic. A newly planted medieval patricians’ garden with grassy banks, aromatic plants and medicinal herbs shows how a refined garden might have looked in the Middle Ages. 

A journey through gardening history 

Visitors can follow a new trail through the history of gardening. On a walk through the extensive park, you can learn not only about historic gardens from various eras but also about modern horticulture. Old and new knowledge about plants is taught in Arenenberg’s school gardens. Take a stroll through the vineyards and past mini kiwis, enjoy the imperial views, and learn about the right order for planting fruit in the vegetable garden. 

Getting there 

Arenenberg is just 15 minutes away from Constance by car. But if you prefer not to drive, you can also come by boat or train, both of which stop at Mannenbach. 

Guided tours:

  • Regular tours of the palace and through Arenenberg’s gardens 
  • Guided tours for children in historic costumes with exciting treasure hunts in the park 
  • Special appointments for groups on request 

This text comes from Bodensee Magazine – English Version

This destination is a member of the Verband der Tourismuswirtschaft Bodensee.
"The best of Lake Constance"

Napoleonmuseum Thurgau
Schloss und Park Arenenberg
CH-8268 Salenstein
Phone +41 (0) 58 345 74 10

April - September 2019  
daily 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
February - March and October - December 2019  
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Monday closed   
Closed from 23 December 2019 - 7 February 2020  

All dates for individual travellers and guided tours can be found here.

Adults CHF 15,00
Youth (6 to 16 years) CHF 5,00
Families (two adults and two kids) CHF 32,00