14 Facts About Aarau


Aarau is a town, a municipality, and the capital of the northern Swiss canton of Aargau.

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Aarau is situated on the Swiss plateau, in the valley of the Aare, on the river's right bank, and at the southern foot of the Jura Mountains, and is west of Zurich, 58 kilometres south of Basel and 65 kilometres northeast of Bern.

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Old city of Aarau is situated on a rocky outcrop at a narrowing of the Aare river valley, at the southern foot of the Jura mountains.

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Aarau was founded around AD 1472 by the counts of Kyburg.

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Aarau capitulated after a short resistance, and was forced to swear allegiance to the new rulers.

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Aarau was declared the capital of the new, enlarged canton of Aargau.

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Textile industry in Aarau broke down in about 1850 because of the protectionist tariff policies of neighboring states.

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Largest employer in Aarau is the cantonal government, the offices of which are distributed across the entire city at numerous locations.

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One of the two head offices of the Aargauer Zeitung, Switzerland's fifth largest newspaper, is located in Aarau, as are the Tele M1 television channel studios, and several radio stations.

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The urban center lies in the middle of the "Golden Triangle" between Zurich, Bern, and Basel, and Aarau is having increasing difficulty in maintaining the independence of its economic base from the neighboring large cities.

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Aarau is famous for the quality of their instruments, cutlery and their bells.

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The Aarau fair is held at the ice skating rink during the Spring.

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Aarau railway station is a terminus of the S-Bahn Zurich on the line S3.

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Aarau is home to a number of sites that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance.

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