Taking a look behind the walls of the Ital Reding estate is definitely worth it. It is the only manor house open to the public. It provides insight into the architecture and way of life of that era.
Inside the enclosing walls lies the manor house, the Bethlehem House and the farm building (what is today the Cantonal Library). Ital Reding’s manor house was built in 1609. In front of the building lies a Baroque garden flanked by two summer houses. Visitors can admire the lavishly designed interiors of the manor house. The large garden hall is located on the ground floor, under which is the beautiful vaulted cellar. As is traditional, the actual staterooms are found on the first floor, with sumptuous wooden panelling and ceilings. These rooms document the social rise of a family that achieved wealth, power and status as mercenary entrepreneurs.
The Bethlehem House in Schwyz is regarded as the oldest timber house in Europe. It is a relic of the founding days of the Old Swiss Confederacy and was erected in 1287. This is four years before the time when the three founding cantons joined in an alliance and laid the foundations for modern Switzerland. The two-storey Bethlehem House features different room layouts. This is a sign that it is a former manor house. The brickwork basement is home to a hall built in the 16th century and adorned with murals. With the exception of the window openings with their pulley shutters and boarded loggias from the 18th century, its original condition is largely preserved.
|Children/Young people (up to age 16)||Free entry|
|Groups without guided tour (min. 15 people), per person||CHF 4.00|
|School groups without guided tour (incl. adult supervisor), during museum opening times||Free entry|
|Foundation members (incl. family members)||Free entry|
An iPad for the interactive, multimedia guided iPad-app tour is included in the entry fee upon presentation of official identification.
The Ital Reding House and the Bethlehem House remain closed to individual visitors between November and April.