The Königsfelden Monastery
The Königsfelden Monastery is surrounded by a spacious park. It is situated on the area of the Roman legionary camp of Vindonissa, together with the legionary path. The monastery church in particular still bears witness today to the 700-year history of the monastery. On the tour through the church and the area, visitors learn more about the former size of the monastery. In addition, there are always special exhibitions.
In the holiday programme children and adults learn everything about the monastery pharmacy from bygone times and can try out the production of sweets, herbal ointments and soaps themselves. The various stations convey knowledge about medicinal plants in the Middle Ages and monastic medicine.
It was founded by Queen Elisabeth, the widow of the German King Albrecht I, who was murdered in 1307. She donated the church and the double monastery to the salvation of the Habsburgs. Thus the monastery became not only a place of remembrance for the assassination of King Albrecht I, but also a memorial site for the up-and-coming Habsburg dynasty in the 14th century. The foundations in choir and church were not all established at the same time, but at some distance. Particularly outstanding are the stained glass windows, which were made between 1320 and 1360 and are among the most important works of late medieval stained glass in Europe.
- The day pass at Königsfelden Monastery is CHF7 making it one of the 10 cheapest tourist Attractions in Switzerland.
How to get there
By public transport:
The buses 61 (direction Unterwindisch, stop Windisch Waage) or 62 (direction Mellingen Heitersberg or Birrhard/Mellingen, stop Windisch Zentrum) go to the monastery. The monastery is on the opposite side of the road.
On foot you take the underpass from Brugg station in the direction of Windisch. Follow the signs for the Fachhochschule. When you arrive there, cross the road and continue in the direction of the Psychiatric Clinic, from there the monastery church is signposted. The walking time is 7 minutes.
The monastery church can be reached from the motorway exit Brugg via the expressway in 10 minutes. Once in Windisch, the monastery church is signposted at the junction with the main road (Brugg-Baden).