Government and cantonal parliament building

Government and cantonal parliament building

The central section of the government building was built in 1739. After the canton was founded (1803), the government purchased the house and had it renovated to become this classical government building complete with lavish staircase. Behind it is the cantonal parliament building. With its...more

Naturama

Naturama

The Naturama Aargau is one of the most modern nature museums in Switzerland. more

Fountain of Justice

Fountain of Justice

Up until 1797, Aarau possessed the first comprehensive jurisdiction of a...more

Aargau Kunsthaus

Aargau Kunsthaus

The Aargauer Kunsthaus has long been one of the most important museums...more

Government and cantonal parliament building

The central section of the government building was built in 1739. After the canton was founded (1803), the government purchased the house and had it renovated to become this classical government building complete with lavish staircase. Behind it is the cantonal parliament building. With its theatrical semicircle, this house represents a key work of bourgeois classicism in Aargau.

Naturama

The Naturama Aargau is one of the most modern nature museums in Switzerland.

The Naturama Aargau is one of the most modern nature museums in Switzerland.

Fountain of Justice

Up until 1797, Aarau possessed the first comprehensive jurisdiction of a state. Following medieval custom, verdicts were thus pronounced in the open air, namely in the Rathausgasse (“Town Hall Street”). The sentences were up to the neck, which means there could be beheadings and hangings. To indicate the place where trials took place, the sculptor Hans Henz created the Fountain of Justice for the Rathausgasse in 1643. Today the fountain has pride of place in the Kirchgasse.

Aargau Kunsthaus

The Aargauer Kunsthaus has long been one of the most important museums for new Swiss art.

The Aargauer Kunsthaus has long been one of the most important museums for new Swiss art.