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Wimmis coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton BernCanton Bern Bern (BE)
Administrative district : Frutigen-Niedersimmentalw
BFS no. : 0769i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 3752
Coordinates : 614.9 thousand  /  168400 coordinates: 46 ° 40 '0 "  N , 7 ° 38' 0"  O ; CH1903:  614 900  /  168400
Height : 629  m above sea level M.
Height range : 583–2393 m above sea level M.
Area : 22.35  km²
Residents: 2537 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 114 inhabitants per km²
Website: www.wimmis.ch


Location of the municipality
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Aerial photo from 800 m by Walter Mittelholzer (1919)

Wimmis is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland . Wimmis was the main town of the district of Niedersimmental , which was dissolved on December 31, 2009 . In addition to the resident community, Wimmis has a civic community and an evangelical-reformed parish . The landmark of Wimmis is the Wimmis Castle .


Wimmis is 629  m above sea level. M. in the Bernese Oberland in the Alps north of the striking Niesen ( 2362  m ). Here Simme and Kander flow together. The neighboring communities from the north in a clockwise direction are Spiez , Aeschi bei Spiez , Reichenbach im Kandertal , Diemtigen and Reutigen .


In 994, Wimmis appears for the first time with the name «Windmis» in a certificate from Queen Bertha . But the region has been settled since Roman times. At that time, the few huts were called “Vindemias”, which means “by the vineyards”. The current name Wimmis is derived from this. In fact, vines were planted on the Pintel at that time . They thrived wonderfully at what was then Moossee. In the same place there is a small vineyard again today. The long history of Wimmis Castle began at the same time . The Romans built a watchtower where it is today. In the Middle Ages the castle was enlarged again and again, Queen Bertha gave Wimmis a church and a small village with a protective wall was created. Today is the kant in the castle. Administration housed (Forest Department Alps).

Wimmis, founded around 1200 by the barons of Strättligen as a town, which played a major role in the Weissenburg War and was destroyed several times by Bern, had its own town charter until it was bought by Bern in 1449.

From 1803 the official seat of the Lower Simmental was settled in Wimmis. Once flourished agriculture in the village on sneezing , so it was in the 20th century becoming the vibrant, compact village. In 1911 Wimmis hit the national headlines because of the Simmenfluh fire.

In 1917 the Federal Powder Factory (today “Nitrochemie”) was established in Wimmis. During the Second World War , the Burg artillery was built in the east wall of the Burgfluh .

Wimmis 1783, colored outline etching by Johann Ludwig Aberli .
Old village street.


The municipal council (executive) consists of 6 members. Since the municipal elections in 2012, 4 members belong to the SVP, 1 member is the Forum Wimmis and 1 member is non-party. The president of the municipal council is Barbara Josi from SVP. In addition to the municipal council, there is a municipal presidium for the management of the municipal assembly and various representative tasks. Mayor is Peter Schmid from SVP.

The voting shares of the parties at the 2015 National Council election were: SVP 49.0%, BDP 13.4%, SP 9.6%, EPP 6.6%, FDP 4.9%, EDU 4.7%, GPS 4.6 %, glp 3.7%, SD 1.0%, CVP 0.4%.



  • Wimmis Castle and Church
  • Old wooden farmhouses
  • Spring knot flowers (march bells), field in the Spisse
  • Hike on the Niesen
  • The village museum Wimmis Historic has existed in the parish hall since 2010 .

Web links

Commons : Wimmis  - 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 bfs.admin.ch, accessed on May 29, 2020
  2. wimmis.ch: village history , access on 10 November 2009
  3. ^ Daniel Gutscher, Barbara Studer: Opponents on the Edge: Small Town Foundations. In: Rainer C. Schwinges et al. (Ed.): Bern's courageous time. Rediscovered in the 13th and 14th centuries. Schulverlag blmv AG / Stämpfli Verlag AG, Bern 2003, ISBN 3-292-00030-0 / ISBN 3-7272-1272-1 , p. 189
  4. ^ Results of the Wimmis community. State Chancellery of the Canton of Bern, October 18, 2015, accessed on October 30, 2016 .