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Sennwald coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of St. GallenCanton of St. Gallen Canton of St. Gallen (SG)
Constituency : Werdenbergw
BFS no. : 3274i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 9466 (Sennwald)
9465 (Salez)
9467 (Frümsen)
9468 (Sax)
9469 (Haag (Rheintal))
Coordinates : 756 319  /  236536 coordinates: 47 ° 15 '40 "  N , 9 ° 30' 15"  O ; CH1903:  seven hundred and fifty-six thousand three hundred nineteen  /  236536
Height : 446  m above sea level M.
Height range : 426–2150 m above sea level M.
Area : 41.56  km²
Residents: 5592 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 135 inhabitants per km²
Location of the municipality
Seealpsee (Appenzeller Alpen) Sämtisersee Fälensee Schwendisee Voralpsee Chapfensee Walensee Liechtenstein Österreich Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden Kanton Graubünden Wahlkreis Rheintal Wahlkreis Sarganserland Wahlkreis Toggenburg Buchs SG Gams SG Grabs Sennwald Sevelen SG WartauMap of Sennwald
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Sennwald is a municipality in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley cultural landscape in the Werdenberg electoral district in the canton of St. Gallen , Switzerland .

Aerial photo by Werner Friedli (1964)


The villages Sennwald, Frümsen, Salez, Haag and Sax are located in the municipality of Sennwald. About 5150 people live in the municipality. Neighboring communities are Buchs , Gams , Wildhaus-Alt St. Johann and Altstätten in the canton of St. Gallen, and Rüte in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden. The municipality borders on Ruggell and Gamprin as well as the Eschner exclave Rheinau-Tentscha in the Principality of Liechtenstein .

The Sax-Schwende-Bruch runs towards Schwende .

Community structure


The town hall with the administration of the political community Sennwald is located in the district of Frümsen. At the edge of the forest above Frümsen is the valley station of the Staubernbahn , a cable car that goes up to 1751  m above sea level. M. situated Stauberngrat leads and starting point for hikes in the eastern Alpstein is.


Haag is located on the left bank of the Rhine in the north of the Werdenberg region . Opposite is the Liechtenstein village of Bendern , which belongs to Gamprin . On the Swiss side, Salez, Sax and the communities of Gams and Buchs are the neighbors.

Two traffic axes run through the Haag area, the Chur – Rorschach railway line of the SBB and the A13 motorway .


Salez is its own local congregation (President: Hansueli Dütschler, Salez) with around 650 residents and, together with the village of Haag, formed the Salez-Haag parish until December 31, 2014. The village is on the Rhine (or a few hundred meters away). Salez has a small Protestant church and the Löwen inn, a late medieval inn. The historic Zehntenhaus, whose origins go back to the 16th and early 17th centuries, is located near the Salez-Sennwald train station. The agricultural center Salez of the canton of St.Gallen and the cantonal prison Saxerriet are located in the municipality . In the direction of Sennwald, the remains of Forstegg Castle rise behind the hamlet of Schlossfeld. The former armory from the early 17th century is still well preserved today. The barons of Hohensax and the Zurich governors from 1615 to 1798 worked at Forstegg Castle .


  • Baron Johann Philipp von Hohensax , (16th c.) As a mummy under the name Black Knight received
  • Anna Göldi , the last Swiss woman to be killed as a witch by the judiciary, was born in Sennwald in 1734


Population development
year 1850 1900 1950 2000 2010
Residents 2877 2816 2965 4484 4845


The company VAT AG in Haag is the largest employer in the community, headquartered in Hague and is a leader in the Vakkuumventiltechnik. Their products are mainly used in semiconductor manufacturing. With the company Brusa Elektronik AG in Sennwald, a pioneer of electric vehicle technology is also based in the community, which today mainly supplies large automotive groups with power electronics for electric vehicles. Another major employer with headquarters in Haag is Sulzer Mixpac AG, a 100% subsidiary of the Sulzer Group. This manufactures systems for mixing, dosing and applying single and multi-component dental materials. Kybun AG, the company owned by the Eastern Swiss shoe pioneer Karl Müller , has been manufacturing some of its shoes in Sennwald since 2011. The settlement of these internationally very successful companies has helped make the municipality one of the most tax-efficient in the canton of St Gallen .


The upper level for the entire Sennwald political community is located in Salez. The school building was expanded and rebuilt in 1993/94. Salez Primary School is located in the same building.

Until the end of 2004, each village formed its own school community. In addition, there was a joint school community for the upper level across all five villages. On January 1, 2005, these school communities were merged. It includes around 700 students of all school levels and 70 teachers.

The Agricultural School is also located in Salez and offers various courses for agricultural professions.


The majority of the residents of the Political Community of Sennwald are either Reformed or Catholic . There are three reformed church buildings (in Salez, Sax and Sennwald) and a Catholic church (between Sennwald and Frümsen) in the municipality . Therefore, up to December 31, 2014, there were also three different Reformed parishes within the Sennwald political community: Salez-Haag, Sax-Frümsen and Sennwald-Lienz-Rüthi (with Lienz SG and Rüthi ). These three parishes joined forces on January 1st, 2015 to form the Evangelical Reformed Parish Sennwald (Parish President: Michael Berger, Salez). The Catholic parish is congruent with the political parish and thus includes all five villages. It was founded in 1970 and has been part of the Werdenberg pastoral care unit since 2005.



The four gymnastics clubs Sennwald, Sax, Frümsen and Salez-Haag organize sporting activities. The FC Haag promotes the youngsters in football. Sports events are the annual gymnastics as well as the interregional popular floorball tournaments in Salez and Sennwald.

The valley station of the Frümsen – Staubern cable car is located above the village of Frümsen . It goes up to the Berggasthaus Staubern ( 1751  m ), which stands below the Staubernkanzel and from which hikes in the Alpstein are possible.


Web links

Commons : Sennwald  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Panorama between Salez and Frümsen.

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. Population of, as of December 31, 2014
  3. ^ Sennwald Catholic parish; Parish ( Memento of the original from January 15, 2012 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. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /