Discover the palaces and childrens villiage of Trogen, Switzerland

In 1747m John Zellweger-Sulser build the first, originally three-story stone palace with a mansard roof on the town square. John Grubenmann of Teufen is suspected to being the builder of the first stone palace.

Today, seven palaces and a church line the town square and make Trogen a townscape of national importance. The textile trade family Zellweger is the originator of each building on the site. The story of the Zellweger family in the 18th and 19th centuries can be discovered in the washhouse, situated at the town square, and in the Laurenz Zellweger room (located in the town hall) over audiotapes, texts, images and a movie.

The famous Pestalozzi Children’s Village is found In Trogen. On the town square, timber-framed houses stand in contrast to the stone palaces of the former Zellweger merchant dynasty.
Trogen (AR) lies on a rocky spur high above the banks of the Goldach at the northern foot of the Gäbris. The town is linked to St. Gallen by the 1m-gauge Trogen section of the Appenzell Railway.

In 1946 after World War II, a vision was realized with the Pestalozzi Children’s Village: orphans from war-torn countries

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