Exhibitions 2017

Always at your service - On the daily routine of the servants

Open from 11th June 2017

The new exhibition focuses on the servants who cared for the count’s family during the 19th century. As a result of extensive renovation, the employees' bedrooms will be publicly accessible for the first time.

Visitors will relive situations that have played out behind closed doors and in the corridors of the servant’s quarters. 

The needs of the nobility must be fulfilled around the clock, and the arrival of the count, watched by the public, triggers more hustle and bustle among the staff. Domestic workers in white, spotless aprons stand motionless alongside the chambermaids. What do they dream of while sleeping at night in their rooms? What do they long for? The maids can be overheard while hanging up their washing. It’s interesting what they know about their gracious lords and ladies.

This insight into the servant’s world is enhanced by general information providing a broader context for the circumstances of domestic workers around 1900.


Copyright Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen

Rooms & dreams of a castle

Exhibition about the residents of the castle.

The Oberhofen Castle was inhabited till mid of the century. Who were the former owners? Who lived behind the wall of the castle? And how the fortress became a fairy tale castle for the aristocracy?

The special exhibition traces the 800 years old history with the help of the former residents.


 Copyright Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen, Fotos: Kurt Müller


Anna Feodorowna

Cabinet exhibition about the life of the russian Grand Duchesse Anna Feodorowna.


Salon Anna, Oberhofen Castle

Copyright Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen 


The Myth of the Orient - A bernese architect in Cairo     

Cabinet exhibition about the architect Theodor Zeerleder (1820 - 1868), who designed 161 years ago, by order of Albert de Pourtalès, the oriental smoking room.

The Oriental smoking room (Selamlik) at Oberhofen Castle was designed by the Bernese architect Theodor Zeerleder (1820 – 1868), based on drawings and watercolours created during his sojourns in the Orient and accomplished in 1855. This is the first time that an international public is be able to see his architectural sketches and diaries.

In Oberhofen, the architect created one of Switzerland’s most spectuacular interiors. Zeerleder was quite an obscure figure even in his home city of Bern and was able to realise only a few of his architectural projects. One oft hem is his recreation of a Cairene reception room on the top floor of Oberhofen’s Medieval castle keep. Commissioned by Count Albert de Pourtalès (1812 – 1861), another Orient enthusiast, Zeerleder’s design was based on architectural sketches created during his two sojourns in Cairo in 1847 – 1848 and 1849 – 1850.


Oriental smoking room, Oberhofen Castle

Foto: Alexander Gemepeler


The catalogue of the exhibition "Mythos Orient - Ein Berner Architekt in Kairo", with essays in English

is available in the shop of the museum, or can be order under info@schlossoberhofen.ch

CHF 29.00 (forwarding charges excluded), 87 p.,  colour illustrations




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