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Coat of arms of Bönigen
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton BernCanton Bern Bern (BE)
Administrative district : Interlaken-Oberhasliw
BFS no. : 0572i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 3806
Coordinates : 634788  /  170619 coordinates: 46 ° 41 '9 "  N , 7 ° 53' 36"  O ; CH1903:  634788  /  170619
Height : 568  m above sea level M.
Height range : 564–2292 m above sea level M.
Area : 15.08  km²
Residents: 2536 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 151 inhabitants per km²
Website: www.boenigen.ch
Bönigen (in the foreground)

Bönigen (in the foreground)

Location of the municipality
Brienzersee Engstlensee Gelmersee Göscheneralpsee Grimselsee Lago del Sabbione Lungerersee Oberaarsee Oeschinensee Räterichsbodensee Sarnersee Thunersee Italien Kanton Luzern Kanton Nidwalden Kanton Obwalden Kanton Obwalden Kanton Tessin Kanton Uri Kanton Wallis Verwaltungskreis Emmental Verwaltungskreis Frutigen-Niedersimmental Verwaltungskreis Bern-Mittelland Verwaltungskreis Thun Beatenberg Bönigen Brienz BE Brienzwiler Brienzwiler Därligen Grindelwald Gsteigwiler Gündlischwand Guttannen Habkern Hasliberg Hofstetten bei Brienz Innertkirchen Interlaken Iseltwald Lauterbrunnen Leissigen Lütschental Matten bei Interlaken Meiringen Niederried bei Interlaken Oberried am Brienzersee Ringgenberg BE Saxeten Schattenhalb Schwanden bei Brienz Unterseen WilderswilMap of Bönigen
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Bönigen is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland .


The name Bönigen "among the people, the Bono clan" is made up of the Old High German personal name Bono (from the Latin bonus "good") and the place-name broadcast -ingun .


Bönigen is located in the Bernese Oberland on the south bank of Lake Brienz . The neighboring communities starting from the north and clockwise are: Iseltwald , Gündlischwand , Gsteigwiler , Matten bei Interlaken , Wilderswil and Interlaken .

The flat alluvial plain between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, on which the village lies, is called Bödeli .

The actual village center is located on the north-western border of the municipality along the Lütschine to the lake and is almost fused with Interlaken. The largest part of the municipality in terms of area consists of a steep mountain slope with the Loucherhorn (2230 m. Above sea ​​level), the Roteflue (2296 m. Above sea ​​level) and the Schynige Platte at its peaks .

Historical aerial photo from 400 m by Walter Mittelholzer from 1925


Population development
year 1764 1850 1880 1900 1930 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000
Residents 346 1,263 1'519 1'515 1'547 1,734 1,833 1,738 1,835 2,041 2,182


The mayor is Herbert Seiler (as of 2010). In addition to the residents' community, there is also a civic community under the name Bönigen .


The A8 motorway runs along the shores of Lake Brienz . From 1874 to 1969 Bönigen was developed with a 2.2 km long standard-gauge railway line from Interlaken Ost (part of the Bödelibahn ), which has only been used as a siding to the BLS AG workshop in Bönigen since then.


Bönigen belongs to the Gsteig parish near Interlaken .

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Bönigen
Blazon : Divided by gold and silver with a gold-crowned eagle , and of silver with half a black ibex. »
Reasons for the coat of arms: The imperial eagle recalls the time before 1275 when Bönigen was an imperial village . The ibex refers to the coat of arms of the Interlaken landscape, to which Bönigen belonged until 1798. The municipal coat of arms has been in use in this form since 1922.

See also


  • Paul Michel: Bönigen . Bönigen 1989, ISBN 3-905454-01-7
  • Book of arms of the canton of Bern. The Bernese state coat of arms and the coats of arms of the administrative districts and municipalities , published on behalf of the Bernese government council. by the management of the municipalities, arr. from the Bern State Archives with the assistance of Hans Jenni. Armorial du canton de Berne. Les armoiries de l'Etat de Berne, des districts et des communes , publié par la Direction des affaires communales sur mandat du Conseil-exécutif du canton de Berne, élaboré par les Archives de l'Etat de Berne avec la collaboration de Hans Jenni, Bern 1981.

Web links

Commons : Bönigen  - 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 bfs.admin.ch, accessed on May 29, 2020
  2. Alfred Helfenstein: The Namengut Pilate territory. Keller, Luzern 1982, ISBN 3-85766-004-X , p. 43.
  3. Interlaken Ost - Bönigen , discontinued railways of Switzerland
  4. Wappenbuch 1981, p. 112.
  5. Wappenbuch 1981, p. 112.