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Schangnau coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton BernCanton Bern Bern (BE)
Administrative district : Emmentalw
BFS no. : 0906i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 6197
Coordinates : 631 394  /  185138 coordinates: 46 ° 49 '0 "  N , 7 ° 51' 0"  O ; CH1903:  631,394  /  185138
Height : 930  m above sea level M.
Height range : 829–2197 m above sea level M.
Area : 36.48  km²
Residents: 908 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 25 inhabitants per km²
Schangnau Färzbach

Schangnau Färzbach

Location of the municipality
Brienzersee Kanton Luzern Kanton Solothurn Kanton Solothurn Verwaltungskreis Bern-Mittelland Verwaltungskreis Interlaken-Oberhasli Verwaltungskreis Seeland Verwaltungskreis Thun Verwaltungskreis Oberaargau Aefligen Affoltern im Emmental Alchenstorf Bätterkinden Burgdorf BE Dürrenroth Eggiwil Ersigen Hasle bei Burgdorf Heimiswil Heimiswil Hellsau Hindelbank Höchstetten BE Kernenried Kirchberg BE Koppigen Krauchthal Langnau im Emmental Lauperswil Lützelflüh Lützelflüh Lützelflüh Lyssach Mötschwil Oberburg BE Oberburg BE Oberburg BE Röthenbach im Emmental Rüderswil Rüdtligen-Alchenflüh Rüegsau Rumendingen Rüti bei Lyssach Schangnau Signau Sumiswald Trachselwald Trub Trubschachen Utzenstorf Wiler bei Utzenstorf Willadingen Wynigen ZielebachMap of Schangnau
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Schangnau is a municipality in the Emmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland .

A community of residents and a parish of the Reformed Churches Bern-Jura-Solothurn exist under the name . A civic community does not exist.


Schangnau is located in the Emmental north of the Hohgant . At the bottom of the Hohgant is a valley with the village of Bumbach. The place Schangnau is further down in the valley. The neighboring communities starting from the north in a clockwise direction are Eggiwil , Marbach LU , Flühli , Habkern , Eriz and Röthenbach im Emmental .


Ulrich Gfeller was the mayor until December 31, 2015. Beat Gerber has held this position since January 1, 2016.

The voting shares of the parties in the 2019 National Council election were: SVP 79.7%, BDP 6.7%, FDP 2.6%, GPS 3.0%, SP 1.6%, glp 1.8%, EDU 1.8 %, EVP 0.7%, CVP 0.2%.


Aerial photo from 1000 m by Walter Mittelholzer (1925)

Politically, Schangnau belonged together with Marbach LU and Trub to the barons of Wolhusen . Later, gentlemen from the Bernese side came into possession of the Alpine valley. For a long time there was a big dispute about the affiliation of Schangnau, in which even the federal diets were included. In 1470, the two large mayors of Hinwil of Lucerne and Adrian I of Bubenberg of Bern crossed the border together and cleared it for good (complete direction from March 12, 1470, State Archives of the Canton of Bern ). As early as 1397 Schangnau had its own court (municipality) and belonged to Burkhardt von Sumiswald . In 1389 Jost zum Walde ( Bernese patrician ) acquired the Tschangnau court for 180 guilders. The heirs of Jost zum Walde sold Schangnau for 150 guilders to the city of Bern around 1420. It remained as the only municipality near Bern, belonged to the Trachselwald bailiwick until 1790 and to the Signau district from 1803 .

Until the 19th century, the community was considered a stronghold of the cow industry . In 1878 the first road was built in Schangnau, which connects Schangnau with Eggiwil . Around 1900 the Schallenbergpassstrasse was added, which leads over the Schallenberg .


  • Hohgant
  • Kemmeribodenbad, a hotel below the Hohgant.
Schangnau-Kemmeriboden - Hotel Landgasthof Kemmeriboden-Bad



  • Beat Feuz (* 1987), ski racer, born in Schangnau
  • Johanna Meyer (1851–1921), teacher and Christian song poet, born in Schangnau


Name of Schangnau ( hometown )

Bieri , Gerber , Siegenthaler , Reber , Wüthrich , Schlüchter, Hirschi


Web links

Commons : Schangnau  - collection of images, 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. Results of the community of Schangnau. State Chancellery of the Canton of Bern, October 20, 2019, accessed on August 3, 2020 .