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I am pleased to post for Peter today another view of a local castle from the region where I live.

Schloss Dorneck is thought to have been originally built in the 11th century by a group of noblemen from Pfeffingen, and later passed ownership later to the counts of Thierstein and was subsequently bought by Duke Rudolf IV von Habsburg. Like all the castles in this area, Schloss Dorneck was damaged in the great earthquake of 1356 but was later rebuilt and substantially reinforced. From what I can find out on the internet, Rudolf Habsburg was forced to sell the castle to settle his debts and various changes in ownership ensued. In 1485 the City of Solothurn bought the castle and in 1499 the castle resisted attack by German troops in the Battle of Dornach. During the following 300 years the castle was developed to a fortress, maintained by 60 inhabitants. In the Thirty Years' War the fortress remained untouched due to its strong troops and defences. The French finally conquered and destroyed the castle in 1798 and the site was later used as a stone quarry the 19th century.

In summer one can enter the castle and climb on the ramparts, but on this winters day I had to make do with the view from below the towers.

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