Schwanau island in Lake Lauerz is occupied by a ruined castle, a chapel and a restaurant. Traces of occupation on the island date back to around 1200 BC. There is little documentary evidence relating to the castle, but it is believed to have been built at the end of the 12th century and to have been ruined, probably as a result of a fire, as early as the middle of the 13th century.

The island in known to have been occupied by hermits at various times, including the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1684 a chapel was built on the island, but this was destroyed by the tsunami that followed the 1806 Goldau landslide. In 1808 the council of the church in Schwyz sold the island to General Ludwig Auf der Maur on the provision that he rebuild the chapel. The island remained in the possession of the general's descendants until 1967, when it was purchased by the canton of Schwyz. In 2009 it was completely renovated.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Jeanie Bächli (12 months ago)
Great location. Boat crossing more expensive than described on the Internet. Food in the expensive area with a small selection. Unfortunately, Aperol Spritz was only colored - too expensive in comparison and unfortunately such an excursion is no longer an option for me. What a shame, I could certainly make more of it.
Cecilia Martinelli (12 months ago)
Unique both gastronomic and receptive level. Lovely island and extremely friendly staff.
Vreny Kündig (14 months ago)
Very inviting good to linger nice view
renato pisani (17 months ago)
Great place, did 3 days of cleaning. Come back as guests for sure!
Catherine Kuenlin (2 years ago)
Very nice place .. You can walk around the lake
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