Arenenberg Castle is situated on one of the most beautiful lookouts of the Lake Constance region. In 1816 it was chosen to be the residence in exile by Hortense de Beauharnais, stepdaughter of Napoleon I. She had the castle renovated, and furnished the rooms with style. Visitors strolling through the castle learn about the life of Hortense and her son Louis who later became Napoleon III, the last emperor of France. Today, Arenenberg Castle is an extraordinary combination of culture, hospitality and education.
The castle belonged to various ruling families before Hortense de Beauharnais, Napoleon's mother, had it rebuilt in the style of the French empire. To this day, the castle is originally furnished. The visitors are welcomed as if they were old friends of Queen Hortense.
With the special exhibits that are arranged every year the Napoleon museum is a new experience time and time again.
The romantic park is perfect for a leisurely stroll. Delightful paths are leading to grottos, fountains and pavilions. The park also offers spectacular views across Lake Constance.
The tradition of an open and welcoming guesthouse of old continues to be practiced today. The guests are encouraged to spend some time at the elegant hotel, which also offers modern seminar and conference rooms and a ballroom for a variety of events.
Home-grown products and regional delicacies, distinguished by the slow food movement, are available at Bistro Louis Napoléon under the heading “seasonal, regional – always fresh”.
A variety of gifts and souvenirs of Arenenberg, the gardens, the lifestyle and the history of Napoleon is available at the museum shop.
Opening hours and prices
From April to September: every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., last admission: 4 p.m.
From October to March: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Mondays
Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.
Additional ticketing apps and online shops can be found in our overview.
You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.
Route open all year
For groups of 10 and more, seat reservations are necessary (see Contact)
No bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle
Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed