German Entrepreneur Buyer of 18th Century Eugensberg Castle in Switzerland
Built between 1819 and 1824, Switzerland’s landmark Eugensberg Castle has sold to a German entrepreneur for an undisclosed amount according to Le Temps. The castle has remained mostly hidden from the public eye over the last few decades. Le Temps revealed, “This is the residence built at the start of the 19th century by Eugène de Beauharnais, Napoleon’s son-in-law and brother of Queen Hortense who had settled in the neighboring castle of Arenenberg after the fall of the Empire.” Set on an impressive 116 acre estate, the vast property includes an elegant avenue leading up to the castle, formal gardens, winding pathways, a lit tennis court, a generous 9,000 square foot swimming pool and two pavilions incorporated into the incline which can fully open out to the pool. The castle offers more than 18,600 square foot of space with a grand entrance hall, 6 drawing rooms, a large custom kitchen, imposing cloakroom and staff accommodation. There are 14 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and 2 large terraces to the south of the main building. The property also includes several outbuildings, including various workshops, storage facilities, garden sheds and the enchanting the Rose Lodge. Le Temps revealed that former owner Rolf Erb was sentenced to 7 years in prison but died in the castle in the Spring of 2018 before serving his sentence. Erb group filed for bankruptcy and authorities seized the castle in the summer of 2018. Eugensberg Castle was on the market for an undisclosed amount with Ginesta before selling to IT entrepreneur Christian Schmid.