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Bronschhofen coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of St. GallenCanton of St. Gallen Canton of St. Gallen (SG)
Constituency : Wilw
Political community : Wili2
Postal code : 9552
former BFS no. : 3421
Coordinates : 720 187  /  260395 coordinates: 47 ° 29 '0 "  N , 9 ° 2' 0"  O ; CH1903:  seven hundred and twenty thousand one hundred eighty-seven  /  260395
Height : 562  m above sea level M.
Area : 13.16  km²
Residents: 4684 (December 31, 2012)
Population density : 356 inhabitants per km²
Old school house

Old school house

Bronschhofen (Switzerland)
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Parish before the merger on January 1, 2013

Bronschhofen is a village in the political municipality of Wil in the canton of St. Gallen in eastern Switzerland . It formed its own political municipality until December 31, 2012 .

coat of arms

Proposed coat of arms for the community association Wil-Bronschhofen


A golden ammonium shell in black

The coat of arms recalls the more than 500-year history of the snail union .


Historical aerial photo from 500 m by Walter Mittelholzer from 1923

Bronschhofen is located north of the city of Wil SG and has around 4,500 inhabitants. Bronschhofen consists of the villages Bronschhofen and Rossrüti . The hamlets Boxloo, Freudenberg, Gampen, Maugwil, Trungen and Uerental as well as the pilgrimage site Dreibrunnen belong to the former community.


In the gardens mountain forest finds were also discovered from the Bronze Age as a Roman road. Bronschhofen was first mentioned in 796 under the name Pramolveshova . In 859, Bronschhofen came into the possession of the St. Gallen Monastery . In 1495, the abbot regulated the rights and duties between the monastery and the previously independent courts and courts of Trungen, Bronschhofen and Rossrüti in a joint opening . These were given a constitution for the first time and were combined to form an administrative district, which was later given the name Schneckenbund . From the 15th to the 18th century, the Snail Association always sided with the St. Gallen Monastery in political and armed conflicts.

In 1804 the municipality of Schneckenbund became its own political municipality. In 1817 the name was changed to Bronschhofen. Until around 1870, agriculture was predominantly practiced, after which agricultural production shifted to milk and meat production. In 1911 Bronschhofen was connected to the Wil- Kreuzlingen rail network . There has been an army motor vehicle park in Bronschhofen since 1969. Bronschhofen has experienced an economic boom since the Second World War and is now one of the fastest growing communities in the canton of St. Gallen (see population).

On July 3, 2011, the voters of Bronschhofen and Wil resolved the merger to form a new political municipality Wil on January 1, 2013 with a yes share of 78.3 and 63.2 percent respectively.


Population development
year 1837 1850 1900 1950 1970 2000 2010
population 1025 1073 1164 1430 2308 4297 4584


The main focus of the Bronschhofer Industrie is the electronics industry . Among other Swisstronics (formerly Siemens AG ), the memory module manufacturer Swissbit and ATRON Systems AG (fare management ITCS and telematics systems for public transport) established there.

Companies such as Thyssenkrupp Switzerland , Schmolz & Bickenbach Switzerland and Fitness Island Switzerland have their Swiss headquarters in Bronschhofen. The German company Stihl has been operating a chain factory in Bronschhofen since 2008.


The baroque pilgrimage church of Maria Dreibrunnen in the south-west of the municipality with its ceiling frescoes by Jakob Josef Müller is a monument of national importance.


Web links

Commons : Bronschhofen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Wallfahrtskirche Maria Dreibrunnen  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The voters of Wil and Bronschhofen clearly say “Yes” to the community association ( Memento from July 31, 2012 in the web archive ) News, website jointly ahead, July 3, 2011, accessed on December 25, 2011.
  2. Thyssenkrupp Switzerland
  3. ^ Schmolz & Bickenbach Switzerland
  4. ^ Fitness Island Switzerland
  5. Stihl
  6. ^ History. Retrieved April 18, 2017 .
  7. Cornel Dora: Three Wells. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . November 23, 2016 , accessed June 14, 2019 .