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Hallwil: 8 incredible fun facts you didn’t know yet!

Did you know that Hallwil has more to offer than just the famous moated castle?

In this blog post, we present 8 exciting fun facts about Hallwil that you definitely didn’t know yet.

Find out what’s so special about Hallwil’s municipal coat of arms and what the Bärzelitreiben is all about.

Let yourself be enchanted by Hallwil’s charm, its beauty and its diverse activities!

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Fun facts about Hallwil that you didn’t know yet!

1st Hans Urech

Hans Urech, an author from Hallwil, discovered an old file folder with notes on the history of the village when he was a child. Inspired by these finds, he wrote a book that sheds light on the changes in the village over the course of time, both through natural conditions and through economic and social developments.

2. a palm tree in the coat of arms

Hallwil‘s municipal coat of arms features a palm tree. Originally, the tree in the coat of arms was considered indefinable, but in a seal from 1811 it was clearly identified as a palm tree. It is thought that it may have been introduced to the village because of its rarity. In 1951, the municipal council decided to retain the coat of arms.

3rd Bärzeli drive

Every year on 2 January, the village of Hallwil is always a hive of activity for the Bärzeli. These quaint natural creatures hug people to greet the New Year, which is supposed to bring good luck. If you are unlucky, you might get hit with the “Söiblootere”.

4th Hallwyl Castle

Hallwyl Castle is one of the most important moated castles in Switzerland and is located on two islands in the River Aabach, near the northern end of Lake Hallwil.

5. carefully tended gardens

The castle grounds of Wildegg not only include the castle building itself, but also its surrounding gardens, which are carefully tended and home to a wide variety of plant species.
The gardens are laid out in a variety of styles, including baroque elements as well as romantic landscaped gardens, providing visitors with a picturesque backdrop.

6th railway station

Wildegg railway station is located on the Brugg-Zurich line. Although Wildegg is a small town, its railway station is an important transport hub for commuters and visitors wishing to visit Wildegg Castle and its grounds. Wildegg is one of the stations on the route that takes travellers through picturesque landscapes and historic towns such as Brugg and Baden.

7th Silk ribbon and linen weaving mill

Inthe 18th and 19th centuries, Hallwil was not only a centre of agriculture but also of cottage industry for silk ribbon and linen weaving.

8 First documentary mention

Hallwil was first mentioned in a document in1113.

About Hallwil

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Hallwil is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Aargau. It belongs to the district of Lenzburg and lies just under seven kilometres south of the district capital of Lenzburg in the Seetal valley.

The most important sights in Hallwil include

  • Hallwil Castle: A moated castle from the 10th century and one of the best-preserved moated castles in Switzerland.
  • Lake Hallwil: A popular local recreation area with an area of 10.3 km².
  • Nature reserves: The area around Hallwil is characterised by nature reserves, such as the nature reserve on Lake Hallwil.
  • Hiking and cycling trails: Hallwil and the surrounding area have a well-developed network of hiking and cycling trails.
  • Festivals and events: Hallwil hosts various festivals and events throughout the year.

Hallwil is an ideal starting point for excursions in the surrounding area. There are other places of interest nearby, such as the town of Lenzburg, Habsburg Castle and Muri Abbey.

Hallwil isa place steeped in history with a long and eventful past, and the municipality invites you to discover its history and visit its many sights.

Bonus tip: Discover Hallwil with Foxtrail

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Foxtrail is a unique and interactive scavenger hunt that offers visitors an innovative way to discover Hallwil and its sights. In this adventure, participants are guided through the village in teams, solving puzzles and deciphering clues to find the next location on their way. This experience is designed to not only encourage physical movement through the community, but also to challenge teamwork and logical thinking.

How does Foxtrail work in Hallwil?

Starting point: Each Foxtrail begins at a designated starting point where teams receive their documents and initial clues. This marks the start of their adventure through Hallwil.

Solve puzzles: Participants have to solve various puzzles that lead them to hidden messages, unusual places and impressive sights in Hallwil. The puzzles are designed to encourage participants to take a closer look at the surroundings and engage with the history and culture of the municipality.

Team experience: Although Foxtrail can be experienced with family, friends or as a team-building activity with colleagues, the focus is on the shared experience. The tasks require communication and co-operation, which makes the whole experience a social one.

By taking part in a Foxtrail in Hallwil, visitors are given the opportunity to explore the municipality in a fun way. They not only discover the well-known sights, but also hidden corners and special places that are off the beaten track. At the same time, they learn interesting facts about Hallwil and its history, making the experience both educational and entertaining. Foxtrail thus offers a perfect combination of adventure, culture and fun, ideal for anyone who wants to discover Hallwil in a unique and interactive way.

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