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Lake Hallwil

Lake Hallwil, like Lake Baldegger a little further south, is located in the Seetal, a valley running from north to south, from Lenzburg to the hinterland of Lucerne. No building is allowed on the banks of Lake Hallwil, so the walk round the lake passes through an impressive natural landscape. There are just a few kilometres of the walk that are not immediately beside the shore, because that part is a nature conservation area.

A particularly nice place to start the walk round the lake is at Schloss Hallwyl, north of the lake, one of Switzerland’s most important moated castles. The castle is surrounded by the Aabach and can only be entered via a drawbridge. Inside the medieval building is an exhibition on subjects ranging from medieval to modern times. The reconstruction of a building on stilts just beside the footpath points to an even more ancient history.

There are frequent stopping points along the lakeside path, while a number of swimming areas may tempt you in to cool off.
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