In the Middle Ages the market town Lenzburg came into existance. Some years later the Habsburger created the town Lenzburg. Soon however this town was destroyed by fire. The Bernese, as new rulers, helped to develop it again. In the course of the years much was added: a church, a town hall, craftsman places, cotton centres, tobacco houses, also a ring of magnificent town houses outside of the walls. Today the old part of town has a increased already for a long time to a town with 8000 inhabitants.
click this link Lenzburg Castle back to the past
"Another type of tourismfound in Lenzburg's prison"
80% of the prisoners so-called criminal tourists and are "guests" in this prison.
Lenzburg area near Aarau
Strategically located, on top of a hill formed from molasse rock, the castle of Lenzburg towers over Lenzburg and waches over the valley of the Aare.
This is one of the eldest and most significant castles in Switzerland.
The castle of Lenzburg houses the historical museum of Aargau.
The treasures in the museum include furniture, medals coins and objects of precious metals.
The dungeon houses give you the creeps as it exhibits the medieval prison conditions and instruments of torture .
"Castle Lenzburg courtyard"
The castle played an important part in the Swiss Confederation. The counts of Lenzburg built the great hall and parts of the residential tower.
Later Lenzburg fell into the hands of Barbarossa, Kaiser Friedrich I of Germany.
In the 13th and 14th centuries it was given to the Habsburgs, who added a gatehouse and strengthened the castle walls around the hilltop.
After the conquestof Aargau by the Confederates in 1415, a Bernese governor took up residence in Lenzburg castle.
Lenzburg castle is one of the most imposing hilltop fortresses in Switzerland.
The children's museum in the top floor of this residence is a place where young visitors can dress up as princesses or knights and play around under supervision.
There is also a cafe on the premises and a bookshop as well.
"The castle now houses the Aargau Museum of history"
1798 the French troop marched in and took over the castle from the Bernese.
"Of days gone by"
As seen from Lenzburg castle
"Castle Lenzburg near Brugg"
In Northwestern Switzerland at the confluence of the Ruess and Aare rivers in an area traditionally known as the Aargau rests the ruins of the Habsburg Castle. This structure is the original home of the oldest continually ruling dynasty in Europe.
The Habsburgs successfully imposed a system of hereditary descent over a group of kingdoms that nominally functioned under elective monarchies. Frederick V, the Habsburg king of Germany from 1440, was crowned Holy Roman emperor as Frederick III in 1452; this title remained in the family until the dissolution of the empire in 1806. His son, Maximilian I, through a momentous marriage in 1477, acquired the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Burgundy, and eventually, through his descendants, Spain, Naples, Sicily, and Sardinia as well as New World possessions. The zenith of Habsburg power came under Charles I, king of Spain and emperor (as Charles V) in the 16th century. The dynastic division at Charles's death initiated the Spanish Habsburg line (ruling Spain until 1700) and the Austrian line (known after 1740 as the House of Habsburg-Lorraine), which ruled the Habsburg possessions in central Europe until 1918.