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Kriegstetten coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of SolothurnCanton of Solothurn Solothurn (SO)
District : Water authorityw
BFS no. : 2525i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 4566
Coordinates : 612 129  /  224906 coordinates: 47 ° 10 '30 "  N , 7 ° 35' 55"  O ; CH1903:  612 129  /  224906
Height : 453  m above sea level M.
Height range : 447–458 m above sea level M.
Area : 1.14  km²
Residents: 1293 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 1134 inhabitants per km²
In the center of Kriegstetten

In the center of Kriegstetten

Location of the municipality
Burgäschisee Bellacher Weiher Inkwilersee Pfaffenweier Aeschi SO Kanton Bern Kanton Bern Bezirk Bucheggberg Bezirk Lebern Bezirk Solothurn Bezirk Thal Aeschi SO Biberist Bolken Deitingen Derendingen SO Drei Höfe Etziken Gerlafingen Halten SO Horriwil Hüniken Kriegstetten Lohn-Ammannsegg Luterbach Obergerlafingen Oekingen Recherswil Subingen ZuchwilMap of Kriegstetten
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Kriegstetten (in the local dialect Chriegschtette ) is a municipality and capital of the Wasseramt district in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland .


Kriegstetten and Oekingen as seen from the balloon
Aerial photo (1970)

Kriegstetten lies at 453  m above sea level. M. , 6 km southeast of the canton capital Solothurn (air line), in the plain east of the Emme in the southern Solothurn Mittelland .

The municipal area of ​​just 1.1 km² includes a section of the groundwater-rich gravel plain in the central water authority. The community ground of Kriegstetten is completely flat and extends in the east to the Ösch , in the northwest to the Eichholz . The highest elevation of Kriegstetten is at 456  m above sea level. M. in the plain on the southern edge of the area.

In 1997, 43% of the municipal area was accounted for by settlements, 7% for forests and woodlands and 50% for agriculture.

Extensive new residential quarters belong to Kriegstetten. The neighboring communities of Kriegstetten are Derendingen , Oekingen , Halt , Recherswil , Obergerlafingen and Gerlafingen . The settlement area of ​​Kriegstetten has now seamlessly merged with those of Oekingen and Halt.


With 1293 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018), Kriegstetten is one of the medium-sized communities in the canton of Solothurn. 95.7% of the residents speak German, 1.0% speak Italian and 0.8% speak French (as of 2000). The population of Kriegstetten was 186 inhabitants in 1850 and 340 inhabitants in 1900. In the course of the 20th century the population continued to grow. Since 1980 (684 inhabitants) an increased population growth has been recorded.


The municipal council consists of 5 members. The election results for the current and the last three terms of office were as follows:

Political party 2017-2021 (+/-) 2013-2017 (+/-)  2009-2013 (+/-)  2005-2009
Free list / non-party
and FDP. The Liberals
0 −1 1 −1 2 0 2
Christian Democratic People's Party  0 −1 1 0 1 −2 3
Swiss People's Party 1 0 1 0 1 +1 0
Young Kriegstetten 0 −1 1 +1 0 0 0
Interest group Kriegstetten 0 −1 1 +1 0 0 0
Social Democratic Party 0 0 0 −1 1 +1 0
Together for Kriegstetten 4th +4 0 0 0 0 0
  1. ^ Until 2009 Liberal Democratic Party
  2. List connection

One week before the municipal council elections for the 2013–2017 term of office, the FDP filed an election complaint with the administrative court, because when the ballot papers were printed, the previous councilors running again were listed without the comment "(previously)" that is otherwise common in the canton. Since the artwork commissioned by the printer still contained the addition and the printer has a connection to the CVP, the FDP did not see it as an accidental misprint, but rather as a deliberate manipulation of the ballot paper. She justified her suspicions with the fact that the voters would generally honor the efforts of the previous ones and the CVP wanted to counteract their disadvantage with this action by not putting a previous municipal council up for re-election. Despite the complaint, the election was held on April 14, 2013 as scheduled.


Up until the middle of the 20th century, Kriegstetten was predominantly an agricultural village. Today arable and fruit growing as well as cattle breeding have only a marginal role in the employment structure of the population. Numerous other jobs are available in local small businesses and especially in the service sector. Since the 1960s, various companies have settled in Kriegstetten thanks to the good traffic situation. The most important companies today concentrate on the electrical industry, information technology and the construction industry. In the last few decades the village has also developed into a residential community. Many employed people are therefore commuters who work mainly in the Solothurn and Bern regions.


The community is very well developed in terms of transport. It is located on a cantonal road from Derendingen to Koppigen . The next connection to the Autobahn 1 (Bern - Zurich) is less than 1 km from the town center. By the bus lines of the BSU which the diameter lines the Solothurn region, the routes of Kriegstetten via Solothurn to Bellach and Recherswil to Oberndorf use and by the line Kriegstetten - Steinhof, the village is connected to the public transport network.


St. Mauritius Church

The first mention of the place took place in 1255 under the name Kriechsteiten and Krechsteiten . Later, the designations appeared Criechstetin (1256), Cries Teten (1264), Kriechsteten (1267) and Kriegstetten (1299). The place name is derived from the Old High German personal name Criach . In connection with the ending -stetten (place, place, place) it means as much as with the dwelling of the Criach .

Since the Middle Ages, Kriegstetten has been under the rule of Halt , which was under the sovereignty of the Zähringer , from 1218 the Count of Kyburg . On the occasion of the Gümmenenkrieg in 1332 the village was badly affected. Together with Halt, Kriegstetten came under the rule of Solothurn in 1466 and became the center of the Vogtei Kriegstetten. This included the area of ​​what is now the Wasseramt district.

Kriegstetten had its own parish since the 13th century. From 1522 to 1577, Bern banned Catholic worship in the parish church, which is why the faithful had to go to mass in the St. Michael's Chapel in Hüniken . It was not until the Wyniger Treaty in 1665 that the high level of jurisdiction was transferred from Bern to Solothurn. After the collapse of the Ancien Régime (1798), Kriegstetten belonged to the Biberist district during the Helvetic Republic and from 1803 to the Kriegstetten district, which was officially renamed the Wasseramt district in 1988.


  • The Catholic parish church of Saint Mauritius received its present form when it was rebuilt in 1844, which was redesigned in 1907 and renovated in 1973. The equipment comes in part from the still predecessor, including the baptismal font of the 1680th
  • The reformed church was built in 1964.
  • The Gasthof zum Kreuz in the village center was built in 1774 in the classicism style.
  • Building of the former bank in Kriegstetten BiK, today Baloise Bank SoBa , designed and built by the architect Fritz Haller , project 1961, construction 1962–1963

coat of arms


Three (2 over 1) green linden leaves in yellow

Web links

Commons : Kriegstetten  - 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. . Federal Statistical Office (FSO), August 31, 2019, accessed on December 22, 2019 .
  2. GR Wahlen Kriegstetten 2009 - List results ( memento of the original from January 1st, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 150 kB) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ^ Solothurner Zeitung : This is how the new municipal councils are composed
  4. a b Aargauer Zeitung : Local council elections: districts Lebern, Bucheggberg and Wasseramt
  5. Kriegstetten: FDP submits election complaint - CVP under pressure
  6. Do incorrectly printed ballot papers falsify the municipal council elections?
  7. ^ Fabrizio Brentini, Rudolf Schmid: The parish church of St. Mauritius in Kriegstetten. (Swiss Art Guide, No. 916, Series 92). Ed.  Society for Swiss Art History GSK. Bern 2012, ISBN 978-3-03797-065-2 .