Castles in Hallwil

Hallwyl Castle

Stefan G. and 4,961 more people have been here
8.0/10

Hallwyl Castle (IPA: ]) is one of the most important moated castles in Switzerland. It is located on two islands in the River Aabach, near the northern end of Lake Hallwil in the municipality of Seengen in the canton of Aargau. Since 1925, it has been open to the public, and since 1994 it has been owned by the canton of Aargau and is part of the museum of Aargau.

History

The first mention of the castle is in the year 1256. However, the originally free-noble family of Hallwyl were first mentioned in a testament from 1167. Some discoveries indicate that the castle was founded in the late 12th century. Hallwyl Castle was the home castle of the Lords of Hallwyl, who owned the surrounding land and parts of the lake as their personal property. It consisted of a residential tower with a dry moat. In 1265 the keep was expanded. In the early 14th century the dry ditch was converted into a moat. The old castle tower was surrounded by a moat and a wall on what became the Rear Island. To the east of the Rear Island, an artificial island was built in the River Aabach. This island, the Front Island, was outfitted with a curtain wall, and was occupied by residential and commercial buildings. During the conquest of Aargau in 1415 by the Swiss Confederation, the castle (which was known after 1369 as the Ganerbenburg) was burnt by the Bernese troops. The castle was immediately rebuilt and expanded. After the construction of two turrets in 1500 and 1579-1590 there was an extensive general renovation. After long neglect, the castle was partly rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1861 and 1870-74. However, this project was mostly reversed in 1914.

In 1925 the family foundation made an effort to preserve the castle. Since 1994, it has been in possession of the Canton of Aargau. Excavations and building research, led by Swedish archaeologist Nils Lithberg, were carried out in 1910-16 on behalf of Wilhelmina of Hallwyl. Further research, which came up with new dates, was done by the Canton of Aargau Archaeology in 1995-2003.

See also

  • List of castles and fortresses in Switzerland

References

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

External links

Categories:
Post a comment
Tips & Hints
Arrange By:
Deniza Ianev
7 April 2019
Nice place to visit for the history interested among us. Don't go in April, the castle is still extremely cold.
Franziska Kuhn
5 February 2014
Open April 1 through October 31 only
Angela Dettling
12 April 2016
Wundervoll ist es, im Schlosshof zu sitzen!
Ferdinand Kennel
5 August 2019
Schönes Schloss mit viel Charme
Maya Airaghi
31 January 2015
jährlicher Mottowechsel zu Geschichtsthemen.
Load more comments
foursquare.com
Location
Map
Address

0.1km from Burgweg, 5707 Seengen, Switzerland

Get directions
Open hours
Tue-Sun 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
References

Schloss Hallwyl on Foursquare

Hallwyl Castle on Facebook

Hotels nearby

See all hotels See all
Belair B&B

starting $252

Mercure Lenzburg Krone

starting $147

Glashaus Hotel

starting $139

Villmergen Swiss Quality Hotel

starting $106

Hotel Lenzburg

starting $147

Hotel Baeren Suhr

starting $102

Recommended sights nearby

See all See all
Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Schloss Lenzburg

Schloss Lenzburg is a castle founded above the old part of town of

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Kasteln Castle

Kasteln Castle (German: Schloss Kasteln) is a castle in the

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Horben Castle

Horben Castle is a castle in the municipality of Beinwil (Freiamt) in

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Blosenbergturm

The Blosenbergturm is a transmitting tower in Beromünster, Canton of

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Schenkenberg Castle

Schenkenberg castle is a castle ruin above the municipality of

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Habsburg Castle

Habsburg Castle is a medieval fortress located in Habsburg,

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Fahr Abbey

Fahr Abbey, (Swiss German: Kloster Fahr) is a Benedictine nunnery

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Aarburg Castle

Aarburg Castle is a castle in the municipality of Aarburg in the

Similar tourist attractions

See all See all
Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, pronounced ])

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Prague Castle

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad, former Austrian: Prager Burg) is a c

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Castel Sant'Angelo

The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as the Castel Sant'Angelo, is

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Frederiksborg Palace

Frederiksborg castle is a castle in Hillerød, Denmark. It was built

Add to wishlist
I've been here
Visited
Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape

The Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape (also Lednice-Valtice Area or

See all similar places