Schloss Habsburg, Habsburg

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Habsburg Castle is a medieval fortress located in Habsburg, Switzerland, in the canton of Aargau, near the Aar River. At the time of its construction, the location was part of the Duchy of Swabia. Habsburg Castle is the originating seat of the House of Habsburg, which became one of the leading imperial and royal dynasties in Europe. It is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.HistoryAround 1020–1030 Count Radbot, of the nearby county of Klettgau in the Duchy of Swabia, had the castle erected 35 km southwest of Klettgau, on the Aar, the largest tributary of the High Rhine. It is believed that he named the castle after a hawk (Habicht) seen sitting on its walls. Some historians and linguists believe the name may come from the Middle High German word hab / hap meaning ford, as it is located near a ford of the Aar River.Radbot's grandson, Otto II, was the first to take the Habsburg Castle name as his own, adding "von Habsburg" to his title and creating the House of Habsburg.
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  • We walked up to Habsburg having taken the train to Brugg. The walk followed a diversion through some lovely woods which brought us to the edge of the village. From there it was no more than a 15...  more »
  • Nice place for a drink or average food overly priced. outdoor seating with beautiful view but unfortunately on the east side.... Sun quickly gone so no sunset and depending on day, can suddenly get...  more »
  • We came around 10am. The place is peaceful, self guided tour and had coffee and chocolate. Just relaxing while enjoying the view and the chirping of birds.
  • Fascinating history! An empire was born in this rural corner of what is now Switzerland. Most of the castle that is not in ruin is now managed as a restaurant. Food and service is quite good.
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