Swiss homeland security

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Swiss homeland security
founding 1905
founder Albert Burckhardt
Seat Zurich ZH, Villa Patumbah ( coordinates: 47 ° 21 '24.8 "  N , 8 ° 33' 34.8"  O ; CH1903:  684 692  /  245 721 )
Members 27,000 (2019)

The Schweizer Heimatschutz (SHS), founded in 1905 as the Swiss Association for Heritage Protection , is the largest Swiss non-profit organization in the field of building culture . It was founded in 1905 and has around 27,000 members. The SHS is the umbrella organization of 25 cantonal sections . The current president is the retired criminal law professor Martin Killias .

Purpose and activities

The SHS works to ensure that Swiss monuments from different eras are preserved from demolition and continue to live on. With his publications he informs the population about the treasures of Swiss building culture and actively shapes political processes in connection with his goals. He advocates compliance and further development of the legislation. With competent construction advice and public statements, he promotes good architectural solutions for renovations, conversions and new buildings.

Awards given

  • The Wakker Prize is a prize awarded by the Swiss Homeland Security (SHS), with which political communities in Switzerland are honored for exemplary protection of the local image.
  • The Schulthess Garden Prize is under the patronage of the Swiss Homeland Security and was first awarded in 1998. It is named after the founders Georg and Marianne von Schulthess-Schweizer. The Schulthess Garden Prize is awarded annually for special achievements in the field of horticulture, green spaces and parks and in the maintenance of historically valuable green spaces.
  • The Heimatschutzpreis is awarded to private organizations for special achievements in the field of building culture.

Red List

Zurich SBB freight yard from 1897: largely demolished in 2014

With the red list, the homeland security wants to draw attention to buildings of architectural or historical value that slowly fall apart as a result of poor maintenance or improper use or that are threatened with demolition. The buildings at risk and their history are described in the Internet directory, which is broken down by cantons, and their current situation is presented. The homeland security wants to bring together interested parties, investors and owners to save the building.


With the sale of the Schoggitaler (chocolate coin in a gold-colored aluminum cover), the SHS supports pioneering projects in nature and homeland protection. The Schoggitaler has been sold by school classes across Switzerland since 1946; In 2019 on the topic of insect deaths .

Stiftung Ferien im Baudenkmal

House Tannen in Morschach from 1341 before the renovation, today a holiday home

In 2005, to mark the 100th anniversary of its 100th anniversary, the Swiss Homeland Security Foundation established the Foundation Holidays in Monument Buildings , which takes over and renovates historically valuable buildings throughout Switzerland and rents them out to the general public as holiday apartments.

Homeland Security Center at Villa Patumbah

The Homeland Security Center has been located in Villa Patumbah since 2013 , which endeavors to convey building culture, including an interactive exhibition and various educational offers .


Web links

Commons : Schweizer Heimatschutz  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Swiss Homeland Security | Portrait. Retrieved December 14, 2019 .
  2. Swiss Homeland Security in the archive database of the Swiss Federal Archives
  3. ^ Red list of buildings at risk, drawn up by the Swiss Homeland Security
  4. Schoggitaler campaign against the death of insects. In: . April 9, 2019, accessed May 1, 2019 .
  5. ^ Foundation Holidays in Monument
  6. ^ Homeland Security Center at Villa Patumbah