Castle Wildegg was built around 1200 AD. built by the Habsburgs. The Wildegg belonged with the Habsburg in the north and the Brunegg in the east to the fortification system of the Habsburgs against the Kyburg on the south Lenzburg.
Starting point for a circular hike over the Chestenberg to the castle Brunegg and back via Möriken.
October 5, 2015
The castle domain Wildegg is an authentic experience of the history and the historical garden culture.
The baroque castle and garden experience
The feudal, the landscape majestically towering domain with castle, utility, pleasure, and rose garden, vineyard, forest, manor and outbuildings has essentially been preserved and in its preserved state unique in Switzerland. The audience will discover the world of life of the patrician family of Effinger in all its diversity, from the elegant style of living to the processing of crops. Since 2011 Schloss Wildegg is owned by the Canton of Aargau.
Castle Wildegg, which was once built by the Habsburgs, belonged to the Effinger family for eleven generations. At the beginning of the 20th century, the castle and the domain were transferred to the Confederation. Since 2011, the complex belongs to the canton of Aargau
Castle Wildegg was founded as a castle after 1200, then changed hands several times and reached the end of the 15th century in the hands of the Effinger family. After their extinction in 1912, the castle and domain fell to the Swiss Confederation. Since 2011, the castle domain Wildegg belongs to the foundation of the same name.
13-14. Century: Under Habsburg rule
Castle Wildegg was built in the first half of the 13th century at the behest of the Habsburgs. The castle on a promontory castle with mighty main tower and attached house is first mentioned in 1242 in a document. It was the seat of a ministerial family of the Habsburgs, the stewards of Habsburg and Wildegg. Before 1348, the castle came as Habsburg fief to the Lords of Hallwyl. Thüring I. von Hallwyl had the facility modernized in 1372 on a grand scale.
From 1415: Under Bernese rule
With the conquest of Aargau came in 1415 and the Wildegg in the sphere of influence of Bern. The Hallwyler sold the castle in 1437. After various changes of ownership, she bought the city of Bern. This sold the Wildegg with all the associated lands and rights in 1483 to Kaspar Effinger, a Aargauischen Landadligen.
1483-1912: Family Effinger
Thereafter, the Wildegg remained for eleven generations until 1912 in the possession of the family Effinger. This dowdy family appeared in the 14th century in the town of Brugg, where she made several bishops. With the purchase of Wildegg the Effinger also acquired the Bernese citizenship and belonged from 1680 to the ruling families of Bern.
In 1552, the castle burned down almost completely after the lightning hit. After that, the system was rebuilt in the late Gothic style. Around 1700 she had Bernhard Effinger converted into a baroque residential castle, which he provided instead of the demolished fortifications with extensive gardens.
In the 17th and again in the 19th century the Effingern also belonged to the nearby castle Wildenstein in Veltheim. The last owners, however, preferred the more comfortable residences in the Erlachhaus and in the villa on the Wildegg in the 19th century.
1912-2010: Owned by the Confederation
In 1912, the last representative of the sex, Julie von Effinger bequeathed the Wildegg with a large part of the equipment and the associated lands of the Swiss Confederation. The National Museum in Zurich (today the National Museum) established a residential museum in the castle, which has been open to the public since 1917. In 1938 and from 2007, the federal government had the castle extensively renovated.
Since 2011: Owned by the Canton of Aargau
Since January 1, 2011, the castle and the domain belong to the foundation of the Castle Domain Wildegg established by the Canton of Aargau. The Museum Aargau is responsible for the museum's operation.
February 23, 2017
The baroque castle and garden experience
The feudal, the landscape majestically towering domain with castle, utility, pleasure, and rose garden, vineyard, forest, manor and outbuildings has essentially been preserved and in its preserved state unique in Switzerland. The audience will discover the world of life of the patrician family of Effinger in all its variety, from the elegant style of living to the processing of crops. Since 2011 Schloss Wildegg is owned by the Canton of Aargau.
May 22, 2017
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