Aargauer Trail: From Aarau to Habsburg.

Aarau - Schinznach-Bad

Flugplatz Fricktal-Schupfart (Richtung NO)

Flugplatz Fricktal-Schupfart (Richtung NO)

Flugplatz Fricktal-Schupfart (Richtung NW)

Flugplatz Fricktal-Schupfart (Richtung NW)

Skilift Föhrlimatt - Wegenstetten

Skilift Föhrlimatt - Wegenstetten

Olten, Bern, La Dôle

Olten, Bern, La Dôle

Gösgen, Schönenwerd, Mönch

Gösgen, Schönenwerd, Mönch

Aarau, Pilatus, Titlis

Aarau, Pilatus, Titlis

Staffelegg, Lägern

Staffelegg, Lägern

Fricktal, Schwarzwald, Feldberg

Fricktal, Schwarzwald, Feldberg

Webcam Gipf-Oberfrick

Webcam Gipf-Oberfrick

View on Aare river valley and swiss mountains (Villnachern)

View on Aare river valley and swiss mountains (Villnachern)

Aare river valley in Villnachern, Aargau, Switzerland

Aare river valley in Villnachern, Aargau, Switzerland

Elfingen Switzerland

Elfingen Switzerland

Secluded paths along the riverbanks contrast with centuries old small towns. The river landscape presents its romantic side and then again its natural side, and in the thermal spa its more zesty side. Towering above all this are mighty castles and palaces.

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Technical information

Starting point:Aarau
Destination:Schinznach-Bad
Getting to the starting point:Train to Aarau station
Getting to the destination:Train from Schinznach-Bad train station
Technique:easy
Physical fitness:easy
Length:16km
Hiking time:3h40
Season:January till December

Description

Strategically this was an excellent location. Strangers came from Alsace and built a castle in around 1020 on the Wülpelsberg near the confluence of the Aare, Reuss and Limmat. They called it "Havichsberch", and immediately started calling themselves after it - the Habsburgers.

Together with the castles Wildegg and Brunegg, this threesome defied the Kyburg dynasty in Lenzburg. When the Habsburgs moved their power towards the east, their castles did indeed pass into foreign hands, yet they did not perish.

There is no question that the Aargauer Trail would lead past them in the form of a four-day tour from Frick to Bremgarten. On the second stage of the SchweizMobil Route 42 from Aarau to Brugg, two of these castles are worth a detour - Wildegg and Habsburg. The walk begins in the historic city centre of Aarau and leads from there to the river Aare, which it then follows for a considerable distance. Amongst other things, it runs along the newly created branch of the renaturalised Aare River near Rupperswil.

The trail ends at Schinznach-Bad thermal baths and water park, making the easy four-hour hike a must for the family programme.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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