Mats at Interlaken

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Mats at Interlaken
Coat of arms of Matten near Interlaken
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton BernCanton Bern Bern (BE)
Administrative district : Interlaken-Oberhasliw
BFS no. : 0587i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 3800
Coordinates : 633 004  /  169 955 coordinates: 46 ° 40 '48 "  N , 7 ° 52' 12"  O ; CH1903:  633004  /  169 955
Height : 572  m above sea level M.
Height range : 560–1531 m above sea level M.
Area : 5.91  km²
Residents: 4103 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 694 inhabitants per km²
Mayor : Peter Aeschimann ( FDP )
Unterseen, Interlaken and Matten

Unterseen, Interlaken and Matten

Location of the municipality
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Matten bei Interlaken ("Matten" for short) is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland .

In addition to the community of residents, there is also a community of citizens called Matten .

Place name

Matten is an original field name, it goes back to the Old High German generic word matta- (mat, mowing meadow).


Matten near Interlaken is located in the Bernese Oberland in the Alps , on the alluvial plain formed by Lake Thun and Lake Brienz , which is called " Bödeli ". The neighboring communities starting from the north in a clockwise direction are Interlaken , Bönigen , Gsteigwiler , Wilderswil and Därligen . To the west, Matten borders on the foothills of the Abendberggrad, the large and small Rugen. In the south, part of the Aenderberg is an enclave of the Matten municipality. The villages of Matten, Unterseen and Interlaken together form a closed settlement area.

Matten bei Interlaken belongs to the parish of Gsteig bei Interlaken .


In the seventh century AD, the Alemanni settled for the first time in today's municipal area and displaced the Celts who were already present in the surrounding valleys. The first written mention of the place, as inter lacus Madon, was on November 8, 1133 in an umbrella letter from the German Emperor Lothar III. It is known that many Mattner signed up as mercenaries in foreign services.

The Unspunnen Festival , which was held for the first time in 1805, can be seen as a milestone in the history of this town . Matten also benefited from tourism in the Bernese Oberland , which emerged in the 19th century , and this is how the Grandhotels Jungfraublick (1863) and Mattenhof (1870) were created. The latter served as a military hospital during World War II.

During the Second World War , a military airfield was built on the municipality with the Interlaken airfield . For this purpose, a large piece of land in the southeast of the municipality was drained . Today this area no longer has any military significance. The large areas are mainly used for livestock farming. There are also an increasing number of large events taking place in this flat territory. The Country and Trucker Festival or the Greenfield Festival are worth mentioning . The Mystery Park ( JungfrauPark since 2010 ) was also built on the area of ​​the airfield .



Population development
year 1764 1850 1880 1900 1930 1950 1980 1990 2000 2010 2015
Residents 372 795 1,357 1'602 1,813 2,183 2,936 3,245 3,671 3,781 3,916


As the communities of Unterseen , Interlaken and Matten grow together, the communities are also closely linked economically. The tourism plays an important role in the communities. The Balmers hostel , which is well known by backpackers, is located in Matten . The Tell open-air theater on Mattener Boden attracts thousands of tourists in summer. With the Mystery Park , another tourist attraction was created on Mattener Boden.

With the closure of the military airfield, the municipality of Matten, but also the entire Bödeli, lost valuable jobs. Although the village image is still dominated by agriculture today, only 4% of the working population is engaged in agriculture.

Matten bei Interlaken is the seat of the Rugenbräu brewery .


Web links

Commons : Matten bei Interlaken  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Permanent resident population from STAT-TAB of the BfS , municipalities see also regional portraits 2020 on, accessed on May 29, 2020
  2. ^ Sara Baumann: Tell open-air theater in Interlaken, Interlaken BE . In: Andreas Kotte (Ed.): Theater Lexikon der Schweiz . Volume 3, Chronos, Zurich 2005, ISBN 3-0340-0715-9 , p. 1828 f.