Hallwyl Castle

Hallwyl Castle, Seengen: Hours, Address, Hallwyl Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Hallwyl Castle
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Castles
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
It is only a short hop from the romantic moated castle to the nature reserve on Lake Hallwil. Combine history, culture and nature to create an exciting experience! Travelling through time and space with the von Hallwyl family. Throughout its eight hundred-year history, the von Hallwyl dynasty, as part of the Argovian squirearchy, distinguished itself in a variety of ways: on confederate battlefields, at European courts, in science and politics, in trade and in the world of finance. On your tour of the castle premises you will discover medieval and post medieval areas of life divided into 11 themes. By means of an audio guide, selected family members will tell you the stories of their lives. However, the ordinary people, the farmers and subjects of the Lords of Hallwyl also have a voice.
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,831 contributions
Very scenic castle used for weddings
Aug 2021 • Family
The castle Hallwyl on the Hallwiler lake in Seengen is a very scenic affair. You can walk around it as part of the hike around the lake. Also it is used for partied and weddings.
Written August 27, 2021
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markscelzi
Bad Nauheim, Germany15 contributions
Interesting
May 2019 • Family
This 14C castle is small by castle standards but well maintained with a very good video introduction presentation . There is a car park opposite the mote and the staff will reimburse you the 2 francs fee . Marlis - the lady behind the counter on the day , was incredibly helpful and even found a handmade cigar ( which they make on the premises) to give me .
Written May 15, 2019
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SKR
14 contributions
Castles Tour
May 2019 • Family
My teenage son and I visited Hallwyl Castle on May 1st. It was the first of four castles in the region that we visited that day. The other Castles were Lenzberg, Wildegg, and Hapsburg. We ranked each four on how much we liked them including factors like entry fees as well as how “castle-like” each one was. We both agreed on the final ranking with Hallwyl 1st, then Hapsburg 2nd, Lenzberg 3rd and Wildegg 4th.

Hallwyl is great for short visit even if you just enjoy walking in and around the grounds as well did. We did not pay the higher ticket price for the full museum visit, so can’t comment on the museum.
Written May 8, 2019
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Yanik M
Zurich, Switzerland237 contributions
Beautiful place
Apr 2019 • Solo
It's a very quiet, relaxing place to enjoy in warm times. I found the outer part of the castle as well as a courtyard in a very good condition from the aesthetical point of view.

However, a few things I found quite bizarre for explanation and didn't like it. To get into the main court of the castle just to get some tea/coffee or a small portion of a snack you have to pay?! Well, 3 CHF it's not that much but I think it's ridiculous. Besides, they don't let inside of the castle even small dogs, even though most part of the compound as far as I could observe from outside, is just open air, and thus, it's not an indoor museum with very expensive art pieces, which could be destroyed. I also found the least intelligent when one of the employees offered me to leave my dog just outside because it's Just a dog and to enjoy my visit!!
Sorry, but for me, it's my small baby which goes to good doctors, has his own clothes, insurance etc. I wonder if they take full responsibility if something happens to a dog?!
People have to think time to time, especially when they work at some historical places.
Written April 23, 2019
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Deniza_Ianev
Canton of Zug, Switzerland159 contributions
Nice water castle
Apr 2019 • Family
Back to the XIV century indeed. The castle is small but fine and packed with history. It is ok for families too, although our children were not that thrilled by this one.
Written April 19, 2019
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Ursula S
25 contributions
A place to visit when it is hot outside
Jul 2017 • Family
Beautiful old little water castle with lots of rooms and staircases to climb and find adventures as a kid. In summer time this castle is nice and cold, so ideal when temperatures rise above 30 degrees Celsius and they even provide children's audio guide in English. After all the climbing and discovery of the various rooms of the castle a swim in the lake is just what makes it all so much better. There is a public swimming place just 10 minutes walking distance away from the castle. For those who are not into climbing steep staircases this place is not ideal, as there are no elevators.
Written October 3, 2017
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thegreenwizard
Fort Lauderdale, FL225 contributions
Back to the XIV Century.
Sep 2017 • Solo
The Schloss is one of the few moated castles of Switzerland. It's situated on the end of the Hallwylersee. To go inside you have to pay the duty, like in the XIV century (almost) you choose from the full castle or just the cafeteria in the main court. The visit is worth to do and be ready to climb a few round towers to get to the different parts of the castle.
As I saw during my visit, the children are kings and Queens, sorry for the grow up.
Written September 18, 2017
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Roberto M
Baden, Switzerland46 contributions
Nice visit
Jul 2017 • Family
The castle is in good conditions and have good expositions that help you to understand how was the life there along the generations. Nice place to visit. Close there you can swim
Written July 21, 2017
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Shimnik
Delft, The Netherlands6,151 contributions
Impressive fortification
Jun 2017 • Couples
The castle is very close to Seengen and can be reached by bike or on foot. We visited it by bike on the way from Baden to Hallwil lake. The entrance fee is 14 CHF p.p. but we have not been inside. There are waterfowl in the moat, who are constantly seeking for those, who will feed them :) Fishes are also swimming in the water. It is recommended to visit the castle after 3-4, so that the light will be better for the photos. It is 5-6 km from the Hallwillersee - good place on a hot day.
Written June 27, 2017
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508EllenCee
Northborough, MA900 contributions
Wonderful castle with moat- a must see-especially if you are traveling with kids!
Jun 2017 • Friends
This Castle from the 15th century is apparently only open from Spiring-autumn, since there truly is no heating. I'm told it can be very cold the first month it is open, unless the weather is Sunny and warm for an extended period. The audio guide is good, and there are items in every room for youngsters. The moat has been excavated (twice) and many artifacts have been recovered, but it is now deep and clean and clear. The many fish can be seen swimming around. Events in the courtyard are plentiful on the weekend, when I'm told it is very crowded. We were there on a Wed, and it not overly busy. From the castle it is a short walk to the ship/ferry going around the lake.
Written June 26, 2017
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