Lenzburg Castle

Guided tours for groups

Lenzburg Castle offers guided tours and workshops for groups. These can also be booked in English on request. Experience Lenzburg Castle in a group. Museum Aargau offers numerous guided tours and work

 
Habsburg Castle

Guided tours for groups

Habsburg Castle offers guided tours and special offers for groups. These can also be booked in English on request. Experience Habsburg Castle in a group. Museum Aargau offers numerous guided tours and

 
Wettingen Abbey

Guided tours for groups

Wettingen Abbey offers guided tours for groups. On request, they can also be organised in French. Offers for groups (in German) Contact +41 (0)848 871 200 Send a message Telephone availability: Tuesda

 
Königsfelden Abbey

Guided tours for groups

Königsfelden Abbey offers guided tours and workshops for groups. These can also be booked in English on request. Experience Königsfelden Abbey as a group. Museum Aargau offers numerous guided tours an

 
Hallwyl Castle

Guided tours for groups

Hallwyl Castle offers guided tours and workshops for groups. These can also be booked in English on request. Experience Hallwyl Castle in a group. Museum Aargau offers numerous guided tours and worksh

 
Lenzburg Castle

Tours for schools

Lenzburg Castle offers guided tours and workshops for schools. These can also be booked in English on request. Experience Lenzburg Castle as a school class. Museum Aargau offers numerous guided tours

 
Hallwyl Castle

Tours for schools

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Wildegg Castle

Tours for schools

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Vindonissa Museum

Accessibility

Getting here Arriving by car Parking spaces for people with reduced mobility are available at the Eisi multi-storey car park in the centre of Brugg. The short distance to the Vindonissa Museum is flat

 
Habsburg Castle

Tours for schools

Habsburg Castle offers guided tours and workshops for schools. These can also be booked in English on request. Experience Habsburg Castle as a school class. Museum Aargau offers numerous guided tours

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Hauptsstrasse und Südtor (via et Porta Praetoria) des Legionslagers Vindonissa

Roman sites

Main street and main gate (Via et Porta Praetoria)

Main street and main gate (Via et Porta Praetoria)

The South Gate or Porta Praetoria was the most prestigious in every legionary camp. From here the main street led directly to legion command. This roman site can be visited without museum admission.

The most important gateway in a military camp was the Porta Praetoria. The main street starting at the gate (via praetoria) lead in a straight line to the legion's headquarters (principia), the administrative and religious centre of the camp. The legion commander's palace (praetorium) was situated on the same road. When the soldiers were required to go to war, they left the camp in orderly formation through the Porta Praetoria.

At Vindonissa, the Porta Praetoria was some 13 to 15 metres high and was built in stone by the 11th legion. It had two side towers that were rectangular in layout, like the North Gate, and it comprised a wooden superstructure. The passage through the gateway was spanned by a bridge at the height of the battlements so as to be able to deploy guards. The camp wall (vallum) encompassing the entire legionary camp was joined directly onto the side of the gateway. The camp wall was 12 Roman feet (approx. 3.6 metres) wide and reinforced at regular intervals with fortified towers. In front of it was a V-shaped ditch (fossa) as an obstacle to approaching enemies.

The Via Praetoria led straight from the South Gate to the North Gate of the camp and comprised a thick, compact gravel layer which remains excellently preserved after 2,000 years. Rain water was collected from the roofs and drained by means of stone gulleys by the roadside. Legionary Trail visitors can still see the stone column bases of the pergolas which once ran along the Roman road.

This roman site can be visited without museum admission.