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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Catherine Kuenlin (7 months ago)
Very nice place .. You can walk around the lake
Nadine Night (2 years ago)
Was very satisfied! The place is beautiful, staff was very friendly and the food was fantastic & fresh! The only downside: you have to pay for the boat trip 5.- per person ... a bit exaggerated that you spend over 200.- for the food. Last summer, you did not pay for a reservation.
Marina Felder (2 years ago)
Just beautiful.
Bruno Fiechter (2 years ago)
Creative and perfectly run restaurant in an exceptional location! The freshly prepared food tasted excellent. The friendly service rounded off the whole thing. We will be back.
Thomas Dübendorfer Gmail (2 years ago)
Lovely up-scale restaurant on a tiny island. Ferry on demand to transport guests. Worth a visit, even if weather isn't great.
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