One of the finest collections in Switzerland
The first battle of the Burgundian wars took place on 2 March 1476, in the vineyards of Concise, above the Lake of Neuchatel. This battle owes its name to Grandson castle and town. Consequently we have put on display arms and parts of armour, as would have been in use by the Confederates and the Burgundians around 1476-1500. Three original cannon, a replica of the hat brought into the battle by Charles the Bold, and further precious objects, all give an idea, what extraordinary loot fell into the hands of the Confederates, after their victory. Two models show the opposing troops in action during the battles at Grandson and at Murten, also in 1476.
In the large hall of armour, the visitor is greeted by armour dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries. On the wall you will see the numerous armorial devices of the bailiffs from Bern and Fribourg, which ruled at Grandson from 1476 until 1798.
In the corridor, which leads to the hall of armour, we have placed on display edged weapons and firearms, dating from the second half of the 16th century to about 1850. Among the pieces you will find quite a number, having been made by Swiss artisans, - for example an exceedingly rare pair of pistols by Felix Surber from Zurich, who was active around 1740 at Wiesbaden.
Another room houses an imposing effigy of Othon I de Grandson (1238-1328), a close ally and friend of King Edward I. The original, housed in the choir of Lausanne cathedral, was completed in 1368. Also in this room you will find a falcon’s cage dating from the 14th century.
Most items are described on labels in French and German.
Juerg A. Meier, curator, Château de Grandson