Castle Surses

Burgruine Marmels in Marmorera

The ruins of Marmel Castle are located under an overhanging rocky outcrop above the Marmorerastausee. Thanks to this location, a large part of the castle was always protected from the weather. The Archaeological Service thus made rare medieval finds.


The founding period of marmel's fortress is estimated to date back to the 11th century. It is assumed that Andreas von Marmels was the ministerial of the Bishop of Chur and thus supervised the routes over the Septimer and Julier Passes. The castle was the property of Andreas von Marmels. It is unusual that the castle remained in the possession of the same family for a long time. The castle was last mentioned in a document in 1550, when Rudolf Marmels sold the castle to his nephew. According to oral tradition, it was not until 1905 that an earthquake destroyed the palace with its four floors. It is also interesting that the family of Marmels is not extinct like so many others, but their descendants still live here in the region under the name Demarmels. The castle can be reached from the dam via a narrow, steep path, which is only recommended for experienced mountaineers. In case of wet soil, the inspection is strongly discouraged.





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