Castle Surses

Burgruine Marmels in Marmorera

Marmels Castle is located under an overhanging rocky outcrop high above the Marmorera reservoir. Thanks to this location, a large part of the castle is protected from the weather. Thus, many medieval relics were recovered during excavations.


The founding period of Marmels Castle is estimated to date back to the 11th century. It is assumed that its owner, Andreas von Marmels, was a ministeriale of the Bishop of Chur and supervised the routes over the Septimer and Julier passes on his behalf. It is noteworthy 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. According to oral tradition, it was not until 1905 that an earthquake destroyed the building with its four floors. Noteworthy is the fact that the family of Marmels is not extinct like so many others, but that descendants under the name Demarmels are still living in the region today.
The castle can be reached from the dam via a narrow, steep path, which is only recommended for experienced mountaineers.


Public Transport

- Marmorera, vischnanca


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