District courtyards

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District courtyards
District courtyards
Basic data
Country: SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of SchwyzCanton of Schwyz Schwyz (SZ)
Main town : Wollerau , Pfäffikon SZ
FSO number : 0503
Area : 37.60  km²
Height range : 404-1205 m above sea level M.
Residents: 28,909 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 769 inhabitants per km²
Website: www.hoefe.ch
Map of district Höfe

The Höfe district is a district in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland . The district consists of three political communities , district capitals are alternately Wollerau (2005–2008) and Pfäffikon SZ (2009–2010).

The area includes the slope between Etzel and Lake Zurich . The two islands of Ufenau and Lützelau also belong to the territory of the district, the owners are the Einsiedeln monastery for Ufnau and the local community of Rapperswil ( Rapperswil-Jona ) for Lützelau.

Political communities

coat of arms Name of the parish Population
(December 31, 2018)
in km²
per km²
Feusisberg Feusisberg 5263 17.50 301
Freienbach Freienbach 16'391 13.79 1189
Wollerau Wollerau 7255 6.31 1150
Total (3) 28,909 37.60 769


Postcode Name of the place local community
8836 Biberbrugg (Feusisberg) Feusisberg
8835 Feusisberg Feusisberg
8834 Schindellegi Feusisberg
8806 Bäch SZ Freienbach
8640 Obstacles Freienbach
8807 Freienbach Freienbach
8808 Pfäffikon SZ Freienbach
8832 Wilen near Wollerau Freienbach
8832 Wollerau Wollerau

Origin of the district

The name courtyards goes back to the medieval division of the area into the Vorderen Hof ( Pfäffikon SZ ) and the Hinteren Hof ( Wollerau ), both of which originally belonged to the monastery of Einsiedeln . During the Helvetic Republic (1798-1803), the two farms were part of the Rapperswil district in the short-lived canton of Linth . In 1803 the farms became independent administrative units again under the names Pfäffikon District and Wollerau District . After the Sonderbund War , the canton of Schwyz received a new cantonal constitution, on the basis of which the two "courtyards" were merged on February 27, 1848 in the new district of Höfe . The involuntary merger led to a compromise in the determination of the district capital: Wollerau is the capital for four years and Pfäffikon for two years - based on the size and importance of the rear and the front courtyard.

The regulation applies to this day, even if the meaning has in fact been reduced to the title; the district administration (notary's office, district chancellery, district court) is located in the new town hall of Wollerau, only the location of the annual district community assembly changes between Wollerau and Freienbach.

Web links

Commons : Höfe  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Permanent and non-permanent resident population by year, canton, district, municipality, population type and gender (permanent resident population). In: bfs. admin.ch . Federal Statistical Office (FSO), August 31, 2019, accessed on December 22, 2019 .
  2. Federal Statistical Office Generalized Limits 2020.