Lenzburg Castle ranks among the oldest and most important of Switzerland. The castle stands on the almost circular castle hill, which rises approximately 100 m the surrounding plain.

The prominent hill was already a settlement site in prehistoric times. For example, in 1959 a Neolithic gravesite was uncovered in the carpark. There have also been small discoveries from the Roman and Alemannic eras. 

The oldest parts of the castle date to the 11th century, when the Counts of Lenzburg built it as their seat. The Palas (residence of the Count) was built in 1100 as a 4-storey, 18 m high fortified building. Together with the adjacent tower, it is one of the oldest buildings in the castle complex. In about 1230 Lenzburg castle came by marriage into the possession of the Counts of Kyburg. They then founded a fortified market settlement at the western base of the castle hill, today's town of Lenzburg.

In 1509–10, extensive work was carried out at the castle, including partial demolition and rebuilding of the unfinished Knights' Hall. In 1518 there was a serious fire. In 1520 the Landvogt received a new residence, the Landvogtei. During the Second war of Kappel in 1531, the castle served as base of operations for the Protestants.

In 1624 Landvogt Joseph Plepp drew the first precise drawings and plans of the castle, which at the time had more the appearance of a fortified farmhouse. His plans formed the basis for plans to expand it into a fortress. As the first step, in 1625 a double curtain wall and double gatehouse were constructed in a new position in the north section and the height of the earthen embankments on the east and south sides was increased. From 1642 to 1646, a wall eleven metres high was raised to form the east bastion. 

During the 18th century, the Bernese developed the castle into a large grain store. For this purpose, the individual buildings were connected and partially hollowed out.

The Aargau Museum includes  has a collection of approximately 40,000 historic artefacts, assembled from various sources: cantonal property, private collections bequeathed to the canton, public collections, purchases, and gifts.

Today, Lenzburg Castle offers a wide range of cultural events and activities as well as exhibitions of Aargau Museum.

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Founded: c. 1100
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Natalia Messmer (2 years ago)
For kids the greatest part is upstairs where they can craft smth and play in their own mini-castle.
Adventure Lover (2 years ago)
This is a very beautiful Castle. Paid Parking is available a few minutes away from the Castle. Kids Friendly castle and it has always programs/activities for kids.Good activity over week ends.
Denis Simonet (2 years ago)
The museum is absolutely worth a visit! But even if you're not into history you're still right for a great view over Lenzburg and surrounding nature.
geethan karunaratne (2 years ago)
Entering the castel take about 10 to 15 min uphill walk from the nearest bus station. We went there in winter (January) and the place was completely empty. The entrance to the castle building was closed, so we could not see inside of the castle. However there is a small walking path around the walls of the castle which gives you panoramic views of the Lenzburg city and nearby area. EDIT: The castle is closed during the winter according to the website and the owner.
Luis Amador Jimenez (2 years ago)
Amazing place, the walking trial gives breathtaking views of town, you can walk from the train station here in 25 mins, top castle has road around with benches, hill across is also public and has benches on the top. Only drawback is closed during winter, will go back later
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