In Argau, just at 5 minutes walk from Brugg’s railway station, there is Windisch, a nice village (in German “dorf”), situated near the Roman legion camp of Vindonissa.
Even if it is very small, the place offers many things to see: the Roman Amphitheater, the Legionärspfad (the Path of the Legionary that links all the Roman archeological sites and includes a museum: a very nice activity for families) and the Königsfelden Monastery, founded in the XIV century by the Habsburgs, famous for its XIV century stained glasses.
Just in front of the Abbey, there is also a small cute Pro Specie Rara mini zoo with a selection of rare farm animals, kept in a fenced green area. This kind of activities are part of Pro Specie Rara’s agenda to preserve and promote species of farm plants and animals that are at risk of extinction.
The selection of the animals hosted in this small zoo changes from time to time and it is possible to learn more about those species just reading the panels near the fences. It is amazing how from afar those look like ‘normal’ animals but looking to them closely they are incredibly special: blue goats, hairy pigs etc… Many of those animals look like they were just transported here from a Disney cartoon.
This is how is Switzerland: a place where a small and secret glimpse of paradise is hidden, just around the corner. And when you find, you know you are in love with this country.