Eglisau. Photo/Foto: TES.

The medieval townscape of Eglisau

Eglisau (Canton Zurich) gained its importance due to its location on the old military road between Schaffhausen and Zurich and the shipping route to Basel.

The town was founded by the Lords of Tengen in the middle of the 13th century. In May 1463, Eglisau passed to the city of Zurich. Between 1497 and 1798, 57 Zurich bailiffs resided in Eglisau Castle.

In 1798 the town was besieged alternately by Austrian, Russian and French troops. The castle was demolished in the 19th century, but the medieval townscape has been excellently preserved.