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Aarburg Castle is a castle in the municipality of Aarburg in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland. It is located high above the town Aarburg 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. It is classified as a Swiss heritage site of national significance. Today it houses the Kantonale Jugendheim, for holding and rehabilitating juvenile offenders.HistoryThe exact year of construction of the castle is not known. However, it was probably built around 1200 by the Lords of Büron. The building was mentioned at the beginning of the 13th Century, in the possession of the Counts of Frohburg. The Vogtei (a bailiff or vogt was an overlord exerting guardianship or military protection as well as secular justice (Blutgericht) over a certain territory, the Vogtei) was created to better control and monitor the important north-south trade route over the Aare River. Together with the Vogt's seat, the high court was also held at the castle. The administration area included the western part of today's District Zofingen, but without the city of Zofingen. In 1299 the Frohburgs sold the castle and the entire Vogtei to the Habsburgs. After about 1330 the Family von Kriech, a lower nobility family in the service of the Habsburgs, lived in the castle.
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  • the fortress of aarburg is one of the most recognised medial sites in switzerland. it was founded in 1123 and exteded until the 18th century. it is used as a facility for youth who got in trouble with...  more »
  • The castle/fortification dominates the village of Aarburg and the river Aare. It is an impressive sight for everyone passing by car or train and well worth a visit! Be sure to take a guided tour to ge...  more »
  • Medieval castle that is right next to the youngster prison! Walk up the little set of steps and enjoy the view from the hill next to the church.  more »