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Trachselwald coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton BernCanton Bern Bern (BE)
Administrative district : Emmentalw
BFS no. : 0958i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 3456
Coordinates : 622 914  /  207334 coordinates: 47 ° 1 '0'  N , 7 ° 44 '24 "  O ; CH1903:  622914  /  207334
Height : 685  m above sea level M.
Height range : 657–1194 m above sea level M.
Area : 15.96  km²
Residents: 960 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 66 inhabitants per km²
Trachselwald, view from the castle tower

Trachselwald, view from the castle tower

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 Trachselwald
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Trachselwald ( Bernese German Trachsuwaud [trɑχsʊˌʋɑɯd] or short Trachsu [trɑχsʊ] ) is a municipality in the administrative district of Emmental of the Swiss canton of Bern .


The municipality is located east of the Emme and south of the Grünen in the lower Emmental and mainly comprises the Heimisbach valley with the towns of Chramershus and Thal . The village of Trachselwald itself lies close to the western municipal boundary. The neighboring communities in the north, starting clockwise, are Lützelflüh , Sumiswald , Trub , Langnau im Emmental , Lauperswil and Rüderswil .


Aerial photo from 300 m by Walter Mittelholzer (1922)

The name of the community is a combination of the job title "Drechsler" (Old High German trāhsil ) and the generic word forest and thus means "Drechsler-Wald". The place is first mentioned in a document around 1131 as Trahselwalt .

The village around Trachselwald Castle was initially subordinated to the Barons of Trachselwald, then to those of Rüti near Lyssach and finally to those of Sumiswald until the rule was sold to the city of Bern in 1408 . The castle was then used as the seat of the bailiwick .

In 1574 the village was destroyed by fire. In the course of the Swiss Peasants' War , a meeting took place on April 3, 1653 in the “Tanne” inn, at which the peasant leader Niklaus Leuenberger made his first public appearance. On June 19, he was arrested and until his execution on August 27 in the keep imprisoned the castle.

The Heimisbach valley belonging to the municipality of Trachselwald was called "Dürrgraben" until 1967. On January 1, 1968, on the 100th birthday of the dialect writer Simon Gfeller , it was given its current name after the title of his first work from 1910.


Population development
year 1900 1950 1970 1980 1990 2002 2009 2012 2015
Residents 1473 1393 1199 1054 1046 1078 1047 995 977


The voting shares of the parties in the 2019 National Council election were: SVP 53.0%, BDP 12.7%, SP 5.8%, GPS 8.4%, EDU 5.6%, EPP 3.2%, FDP 3.4 %, glp 3.3%, 5G goodbye! 1.0%, CVP 0.3%.

Arts and Culture

The Baroque reconstruction of the Reformed Church Trachselwald took place in 1685, designed by Abraham Dünz .

The oldest parts of the castle date from the 2nd half of the 12th century; until the end of 2009 this was the seat of the governor of the Trachselwald office (since January 1, 2010 the municipality of Trachselwald has been part of the Emmental administrative district).

Since March 2003, is staying in the premises of the 1614-built former Office schaffnerei the Swiss Zither -Culture center, which has existed since February 1999, initially in Konolfingen was located.

In the old schoolhouse in Thal in Heimisbach, where Simon Gfeller went to school from 1875 to 1884, there has been a memorial room for him since 1970.





  • Collection of Swiss Legal Sources, Section II: The Legal Sources of the Canton of Bern, Part Two: Rights of the Landscape, Volume 8: The Laws of the Emmental Landscape (Signau and Trachselwald districts since 1803). Arranged by Anne-Marie Dubler. Aarau 1991 ( online version ).

Web links

Commons : Trachselwald  - 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. a b Lexicon of Swiss municipality names . Edited by the Center de Dialectologie at the University of Neuchâtel under the direction of Andres Kristol. Frauenfeld / Lausanne 2005, p. 879.
  3. Results of the Trachselwald community. State Chancellery of the Canton of Bern, October 20, 2019, accessed on August 3, 2020 .