Music Holidays Switzerland : Places


Schönenwerd is within the Music Holidays Region in Switzerland due to its unusual density of attractions for a town this size. These range from important buildings from different eras, to museums and a large landscaped English park.

The old core of the village is based around the foundation area of a hill known as the Bühl. Above the choir of the collegiate church in the former tithe barn itself is the Paul Gugelmann Museum.

From the Bühl, you’ll have a good view of the entrance area of ??the 19th Century closely built town center. The image is now somewhat juxtaposed by the passing traffic. Nevertheless, it will be most apparent from here that this part of the village belongs to the gem of historical ensemble found in this town.


Below the Bühl is planted a rock garden with the house of founder Carl Franz Bally that today houses the Bally shoe museum. In the garden stands the the 19th Century English Gothic style little castle called the Schlössli.

The Bally Park, the largest English landscape garden in Switzerland is located behind the former Bally’s areal along the river Aar towards the lttle town of Gretzenbach.

We hope this background information enriches profoundly your visiting experience in Schönenwerd.

Aareraum and Auenlandschaft

Aarau AareThe Aare is the longest river in Switzerland. The inviting promenade below the Chain Bridge as well as the small islands and sandbars everywhere along its coastline are the ideal places to dream, relax, walk or jog. One of the closest recreational areas during the summer in Aarau, is the the Aareraum. A very popular and lively place in the region that features the “Schwanbar” and the Summertime Restaurant.

Meetings and Conventions

Kultur und Kongresshaus innen BankettWith its central location, its excellent connections to road and rail and its urban infrastructure, Aarau is an ideal venue for conferences, congresses and other events. Besides being the home of Jazzaar Festival, the city also continues to be a popular venue for large national events, such as the Swiss National Yodelling Festival in 2005, the Swiss National Wrestling Festival in 2007 and the Swiss National Marksman’s Festival in 2010.

Guided City Tours

Aarau Oberturm

Discover both the historic and the modern sides of Aarau, observe the city from above, embark on a culinary journey of discovery, or explore the surroundings by bicycle. On tours accompanied by experts, you will gain insights into the city’s hidden treasures.

14 qualified city guides with plenty of experience and extensive knowledge offer exciting guided tours for individuals, groups and schools in different languages (German, French, English, Spanish, Italian). Tours for school classes from public schools are free of charge.


Aarau ShoppingThanks to its very accessible location, Aarau, the attractive small city in the heart of Switzerland, is easy to reach from all directions. As a traditional market town, Aarau has a lot to offer for both everyday and special needs. This includes the wonderful old town centre with its many small and larger specialist shops, boutiques, speciality stores and shops for sport and leisure. From the vegetable market to the flea market and the pre-Christmas market – Aarau’s range of markets doesn’t only attract locals, but also offers a wonderful shopping experience for guests. The modern range of shops on the Bahnhofstrasse near the train station and in the City-Märt or Telli shopping centres round off this extensive shopping offer.


Aarau Nightlife & ClubsThe region’s partygoers meet up in Aarau’s clubs and discos. Even fans of the most diverse trends will find what they’re looking for here. The clubs present varied programmes with concerts, parties and other events ranging from theatre performances to readings. KiFF, the three-storey club, Boiler Club, Kettenbrücke


Aarau Cafe LitteraireOver 70 Bars, Cafés and Restaurants are located in Aarau. There you can meet friends, relax and enjoy the local scene. Special places with a traditional Swiss ambiance and feel, alternative and exclusive atmosphere with trendy and cozy furnishing. From the Asian Snak Bar over at the Gaul-Millau Restaurants to the most lively bars and clubs, Aarau offers a unique gastronomic experience to its visitors.

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