Aargauer Kunsthaus

Top choice in Northwestern Switzerland

To view centuries of Swiss art and regular temporary exhibitions, call by Aargau’s impressive house of fine arts, located about 250m south of the Altstadt along Vordere Vorstadt and housed in a striking Herzog & de Meuron–designed glass and concrete building that won't be to everyone's taste. Inside, however, there's generally something for everybody.

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