Photographer's Note

Aarburg Castle, one of Switzerland's largest castles, is located high above the Aare river and the Aarburg town on a steep, rocky hillside. The castle was built around a medieval castle, which controlled the narrow point on the Aare river and served as the seat of Aarburg Vogt (Ruller).

The castle, which is classified as a Swiss heritage site of national significance, was built around 1200 and was mentioned at the beginning of the 13th Century.

In 1804, the newly created Canton of Aargau took over the castle. Initially it served as an arsenal and barracks, then from 1826 to 1864 as a prison before it was left abandoned. The Cantonal Parliament decided in 1891 to establish an "institution for juvenile criminals and scoundrels" in the castle.

Opened in 1893, compulsory education institution was the first of its kind in Switzerland.

The photo was taken from the hill on the other side of Aare river.

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