Perching on top of a hill in the picturesque Lower Engadin, Tarasp Castle dominates the valley. The castle remained under Habsburg control right up to the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in Napoleonic times, and though it was never the focus of significant military action, its history opens a window into the history of the Grisons and its neighbours from the High Middle Ages to today.
Though nothing in the castle is original to the location, the interior is well worth visiting. Falling to the cash-strapped new canton of Grisons in the 19th C, the castle was gutted through neglect and pilfering. The saviour of the property was the German industrialist Karl August Lingner, who had made a fortune with the mouthwash Odol. Lingner bought the shell around the turn of the 19th/20th C and proceeded to rebuild it with original period fittings and furnishings from castles, monasteries and manors from the area and farther afield, while at the same time turning it into a luxury home. Money, clearly, was no object.
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