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Coat of arms of Lütisburg
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of St. GallenCanton of St. Gallen Canton of St. Gallen (SG)
Constituency : Toggenburgw
BFS no. : 3393i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 9604 Lütisburg
9601 Lütisburg station
Coordinates : 724 149  /  251210 coordinates: 47 ° 24 '0 "  N , 9 ° 5' 0"  O ; CH1903:  724 149  /  251210
Height : 580  m above sea level M.
Height range : 533–865 m above sea level M.
Area : 14.10  km²
Residents: 1576 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 112 inhabitants per km²
Location of the municipality
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Lütisburg is a municipality and a village in Toggenburg in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen . Lütisburg is located at the confluence of the Necker and Thur rivers .


The municipality of Lütisburg consists of the village of the same name, which sits enthroned on a rocky ridge at the confluence of the Thur and Necker rivers, the village of Lütisburg Station , the hamlet of Tufertschwil , which is located above a prominent molasse wall , and the hamlets of Ober- and Unterrindal, Winzenberg, Rimensberg, Grünhügel, Gonzenbach, Schauenberg, Haslen, Dottenwil, Altegg, Wildenhof, Herrensberg and Chrummentürli. While the village of Lütisburg is on the right side of the Thur after the mouth of the Necker, the Lütisburg train station is about two kilometers up the valley on the left side of the Thursday. The Kinderdörfli St. Iddaheim, a special school for children with behavioral and learning disorders, is located in Lütisburg Station.

The lowest point in the municipality is at 539 m. ü. M. on the banks of the Thur in Mühlau, the highest with 864 m. ü. M. in Oberschauenberg. Lütisburg borders the communities of Bütschwil-Ganterschwil , Mosnang , Kirchberg , Jonschwil , Oberuzwil , Degersheim and Neckertal .


Lütisburg Castle on an engraving from around 1700
Aerial photo by Werner Friedli from 1949

While Unterrindal was mentioned for the first time in 849 and Tufertschwil in 928, the name of the Lütisburg on which the place is based did not appear as Liutinsburch until 1214 , presumably by Liuto , the descendant of a Count of Toggenburg .

The castle of the ministerial Liuto, built in 1078 by the St. Gallen monastery, was abandoned by the monastery a short time later. Due to its strategically important location, it was the headquarters of the Counts of Toggenburg from the 13th to 15th centuries . After the prince abbey of St. Gallen acquired the county of Toggenburg in 1468, the castle served as the bailiff's seat . The serfs were assigned to the court of Bazenheid . In 1803 the political community of Lütisburg was created, which belonged to the Alttoggenburg district from 1831 to 2002 .

A folk priest is documented for the first time in 1214 , a church in 1275 and the medieval St. Bartholomew Chapel in Tufertschwil , which was remodeled in 1891, in 1529 . After the Reformation in 1528, a simultaneous relationship existed from 1537 to 1935 . The Reformed minority was looked after from Kirchberg from 1559 to 1856 , the Catholic majority from Bütschwil and until 1691 from Ganterschwil . In 1810/11 the parity , now Catholic, parish church of St. Michael was built from stones from the nearby castle, in whose side wing the Catholic school was set up. In 1935 a reformed church was built, in 2007 a large sports facility.

The former denominationally separate schools have been united since 1970. In 1877 the catholic orphanage , today Kinderdörfli St. Iddaheim, was founded in Altgonzenbach. In the 19th century, agriculture was dominated by industry (iron works, copper hammers) and manufacturing companies. The first and second economic sectors were also strongest in the 20th century . A train station on the Wil – Ebnat line has existed since 1870 .

At the end of 2011, the joint supply company of the municipalities of Bütschwil-Ganterschwil and Kirchberg , the rwt regional plant in Toggenburg , took over the power supply (Elektra Lütisburg) from the municipality of Lütisburg. In 2013, however, the Lütisburg voters narrowly rejected a merger with the municipality of Bütschwil-Ganterschwil with 49% yes votes.


Population development
year 1803 1850 1900 1950 2000 2010 2018
Residents 1070 1285 1270 1372 1395 1394 1576


Guggenlochbrücke with a train of the S9

In Lütisburg, the connection to Unterrindal – Jonschwil / Flawil branches off from Hauptstrasse 16 Wil - Wildhaus . The road from Lütisburg to Ganterschwil leads over the Letzibrücke, and the one from Rindal to Bazenheid over the Thurbrücke in Mühlau .

In Lütisburg Station, the community has a stop on the S9 Wil – Wattwil , which runs every half hour . The village Lütisburg is with the also trains running every half hour post bus with Bütschwil connected in addition to and in rush hours with Flawil.

By the municipality of the 60-kilometer running Thurweg , a along the Thur leading trail of Wil by Wild house .


Wooden Thur Bridge, 1790

Lütisburg's townscape is characterized by bridges and footbridges, including the Letzibrücke (1853, 1969), the Guggenloch railway viaduct (1870, 1945) and the new Thurbrücke (1997). The covered wooden bridge over the Thur on the cantonal road to Flawil from 1790 was used for car traffic until 1997. The hiking trail to Ganterschwil crosses the Necker on the wooden Letzi bridge built in 1853 .

The hamlet of Winzenberg with the Winzenberger Höhe (836 m above sea level ) is a popular excursion destination.


In Tufertschwil which found 2,005 annually OpenAir Tufertschwil with some renowned performers instead. Because the festival caused intense damage to the fields after continuous rain in 2005, it was held in 2006 and 2007 in the community of Jonschwil .


  • Kilian Germann (1485–1530), Prince Abbot of St. Gallen
  • Hans Germann (before 1500 – around 1550), mercenary leader and governor in Toggenburg


Web links

Commons : Lütisburg  - 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. a b c d e f g Hans Büchler : Lütisburg. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .
    These sections are largely based on the entry in the Historical Lexicon of Switzerland (HLS), which, according to the HLS's usage information, is under the Creative Commons license
    - Attribution - Distribution under the same conditions 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).
  3. Location and accessibility. On the website of the municipality of Lütisburg, accessed on June 18, 2020
  4. rwt regional works Toggenburg. On the website of the rwt (Regionalwerk Toggenburg), accessed on June 17, 2020
  5. No further merger with Bütschwil-Ganterschwil. On the website of Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) , November 27, 2016
  6. Permanent and non-permanent resident population by institutional structure, place of birth and nationality. On: Federal Statistical Office (FSO), accessed on June 18, 2020.
  7. 80.767 Ganterschwil - Lütisburg - Rindal - Flawil. In: Official course book, timetable year 2020