Affoltern in the Emmental

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Affoltern in the Emmental
Affoltern coat of arms in Emmental
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton BernCanton Bern Bern (BE)
Administrative district : Emmentalw
BFS no. : 0951i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 3416
Coordinates : 622 506  /  212 770 coordinates: 47 ° 3 '56 "  N , 7 ° 44' 6"  O ; CH1903:  622,506  /  two hundred and twelve thousand seven hundred and seventy
Height : 796  m above sea level M.
Height range : 666–887 m above sea level M.
Area : 11.51  km²
Residents: 1101 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 96 inhabitants per km²
Mayor : Marius Zollet
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Brienzersee Kanton Luzern Kanton Solothurn Kanton Solothurn Verwaltungskreis Bern-Mittelland Verwaltungskreis Interlaken-Oberhasli Verwaltungskreis Seeland Verwaltungskreis Thun Verwaltungskreis Oberaargau Aefligen Affoltern im Emmental Alchenstorf Bätterkinden Burgdorf BE Dürrenroth Eggiwil Ersigen Hasle bei Burgdorf Heimiswil Heimiswil Hellsau Hindelbank Höchstetten BE Kernenried Kirchberg BE Koppigen Krauchthal Langnau im Emmental Lauperswil Lützelflüh Lützelflüh Lützelflüh Lyssach Mötschwil Oberburg BE Oberburg BE Oberburg BE Röthenbach im Emmental Rüderswil Rüdtligen-Alchenflüh Rüegsau Rumendingen Rüti bei Lyssach Schangnau Signau Sumiswald Trachselwald Trub Trubschachen Utzenstorf Wiler bei Utzenstorf Willadingen Wynigen ZielebachMap of Affoltern in the Emmental
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Affoltern im Emmental (in local dialect : [ ˈafːˌɔɯ̯təɾə (im ˈæmːɪˌtɑʊ̯) ]) is a municipality in the Emmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland .


The place name is attested in 1244 as an indication of the origin of a nobleman: Wernherus nobilis de Affoltrei ; the older documents (1146 Hesso de Affoltron ; 1216 Petrus villicus de Affoltron ) could also refer to Grossaffoltern . The name goes back to the locativly used dative pluralis ahd. * Afoltrun '(at the) apple trees'.


Historic aerial photo by Walter Mittelholzer from 1923

As the name affix indicates, Affoltern is located in the Emmental . Affoltern also includes the hamlets of Weier , Eggerdingen , Heiligenland and parts of the Rinderbach .

The neighboring communities starting from the north in a clockwise direction are Walterswil , Dürrenroth , Sumiswald , Rüegsau , Heimiswil and Wynigen . The well-known Lueg lookout point is located in the municipality of Affoltern .


Population development
year 1764 1850 1880 1900 1930 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000
Residents 758 1140 1055 1142 1130 1237 1206 1223 1150 1141 1212


In addition to the resident community, there is also an Evangelical Reformed church community under this name . A civic community does not exist.

Mayor is Marius Zollet (as of January 1, 2017) with a term of office until the end of 2020.

The voting shares of the parties in the 2019 National Council election were: SVP 55.0%, BDP 8.5%, SP 7.4%, EPP 5.8%, EDU 5.3%, FDP 4.5%, GPS 4.2 %, glp 3.1%, other small parties 6.2%.


Traditional cheese production in the Küherstock (1741) of the show dairy

In the village you can see how Emmental cheese is made in the Emmental cheese dairy .

To the northwest of the town center is the Lueg , a hill with a well-known vantage point and cavalry monument.


In Weier there is a train station on the discontinued Huttwil – Ramsei line . The community can be reached by bus from the train stations in Huttwil , Hasle-Rüegsau and Sumiswald . From Burgdorf you can reach the Lueg by bus. These courses are operated by Busland AG , a subsidiary of BLS AG .

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Commons : Affoltern im Emmental  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Permanent resident population from STAT-TAB of the BfS , municipalities see also regional portraits 2020 on, accessed on May 29, 2020
  2. Gabrielle Schmid / Andres Kristol: Affoltern im Emmental BE (Trachselwald) in: Dictionnaire toponymique des communes suisses - Lexicon of Swiss community names - Dizionario toponomastico dei comuni svizzeri (DTS | LSG). Center de dialectologie, Université de Neuchâtel, Verlag Huber, Frauenfeld / Stuttgart / Vienna 2005, ISBN 3-7193-1308-5 and Éditions Payot, Lausanne 2005, ISBN 2-601-03336-3 , p. 76. Quoted phonetic transcription : [ ˈafːˌɔɯtəɾə, ˈafːˌɔɯtəɾə im ˈæmːɪˌtɑʊ ].
  3. ^ Results of the municipality of Affoltern in the Emmental. State Chancellery of the Canton of Bern, accessed on July 21, 2020 .