Hallwyl Castle was founded in the late twelfth century. It owes its name to the noble Aargau family of Hallwyl who lived in the castle for 800 years. Hallwyll's 500 family members have distinguished themselves over the course of their history in several fields: on federal battlefields, European courts, but also in science, politics and the financial world.
The exhibition in the historical rooms tells about these stories and some representatives. On the tour through the castle, visitors learn interesting facts about the medieval and modern world with the help of the audio guide.
In the attic there is an exhibition dedicated to the former owner of the castle, Franziska Romana. She lived in turbulent times (1758-1836) and underwent two important changes in the history of the region: from Ancien Régime to Helvetics and from Helvetics to Canton Aargau. The change in politics and culture is also evident in fashion. Here you can see Rococo, Empire and Biedermeier costumes. Franziska Romana (called the rebel) also had a large social network. Letters she wrote with contemporaries are also exhibited.
Today, the idyllic castle is also a venue for selected cultural events such as open-air operas and cinema. In addition, the museum programme is framed by public guided tours, workshops and nature expeditions.
You can enjoy a break in the café in the picturesque courtyard of the castle.
How to get there
By public transport:
From Lenzburg the bus stop "Seengen, Schloss Hallwyl" can be reached with the regional bus Lenzburg (RBL) without changing trains. From Aarau the bus stop "Seengen, Schloss Hallwyl" with the AAR (formerly Wynental- und Suhrentalbahn WSB) can be reached easily by changing trains in Teufenthal and continuing with the regional bus Lenzburg (RBL).
The Seengen landing stage (Schifffahrtsgesellschaft Hallwilersee) is only a 10-minute walk from Hallwyl Castle. Hallwyl Castle can also be easily reached from Boniswil-Seengen railway station (Seetalbahn) in 15 minutes and from the bus stop "Seengen, Post" (regional bus Lenzburg RBL) in 10 minutes on foot.
Hallwyl Castle (Seengen) is located in the Aargauer Seetal, in the bottom of the valley between Boniswil and Seengen and only 10 minutes by car from the A1 exit Lenzburg. There are 180 chargeable parking spaces available.
Bicycle / hiking routes:
Along the Aabach river, a cycle path leads from Lenzburg through forests and fields to Seengen (ideal for family outings).
Around Lake Hallwil there are many signposted and varied hiking trails leading to Hallwyl Castle.