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Wynigen coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton BernCanton Bern Bern (BE)
Administrative district : Emmentalw
BFS no. : 0424i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 3472
Coordinates : 617 415  /  217 353 coordinates: 47 ° 6 '25 "  N , 7 ° 40' 5"  O ; CH1903:  617,415  /  two hundred and seventeen thousand three hundred fifty-three
Height : 530  m above sea level M.
Height range : 501–864 m above sea level M.
Area : 28.32  km²
Residents: 2060 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 73 inhabitants per km²
Mayor : Fabian Horisberger ( SVP )
Website: www.wynigen.ch
Former Gasthof Wilder Mann

Former Gasthof Wilder Mann

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 Wynigen
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Aerial photograph by Walter Mittelholzer (1922)

Wynigen [ˈʋiːniɡən] is a municipality in the Emmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland .


The community is located northeast of Burgdorf on the border between the Emmental and Oberaargau in the Önz valley , from which the Wynigenbach branches off in the village of Wynigen. With an area of ​​over 2800 hectares (approx. 1660 hectares of agricultural land and 985 hectares of forest), it is the largest of the 24 municipalities in the former Burgdorf district .


Population development
year 1850 1880 1900 1920 1941 1960 1990 2000 2004 2010 2015
Residents 2,897 3,085 2,735 2,509 2,345 2,218 1,854 2'009 2,057 2,034 2,011


Wynigen is first mentioned in a document in 1185. In the Middle Ages the village was subordinate to the Lords of Grimmenstein and on March 3, 1497 it became part of the city of Bern . In 1653 it was a scene of the Swiss Peasants' War . In 1887 the previously independent municipality of Brechershäusern was merged with Wynigen. In 1911 the merger with Bickigen-Schwanden became legally binding.


The voting shares of the parties in the 2019 National Council election were: SVP 47.2%, BDP 11.3%, SP 8.4%, EPP 6.1%, EDU 5.8%, glp 5.7%, FDP 5.7 %, GPS 6.9%, CVP 0.8%, DM 1.1%.

Economy and Infrastructure


Several businesses are active in Wynigen.


In the hamlet of Bickigen there is an important transformer station in Switzerland's supply network , which is operated by the BKW power plant company. When substation running Gemmileitung between Creux-de Chippis and Laufenburg and several other high-voltage lines together.


Road traffic

Wynigen is connected to Kirchberg and the A1 motorway by a cantonal road . Furthermore, the village is accessed with two bus lines to Burgdorf and Herzogenbuchsee, which meet at Wynigen station and are coordinated with the trains.

Rail transport

Wynigen has a stop on the old route between Olten and Bern and is served hourly by RegioExpress trains on the Olten - Bern route. Since this train connection is counted as long-distance traffic despite the rather short distance, and Wynigen is not served by any S-Bahn or other regional trains, the Wyniger train station is the only pure long-distance train station in Switzerland along with that of Geneva Airport .


The reformed church is essentially medieval and was renewed in 1671 by Abraham Dünz . It has a Romanesque tower and inside a late Gothic strip ceiling and baroque grisaille paintings . In 1833 the pastor poet Jeremias Gotthelf was married in this church by his friend and official brother Gabriel Farschon. Next to the church is the rectory from 1630 with windows painted in late Gothic style. The farm in Brechershäusern was known as the Glungge farm in the Gotthelf films Uli the Knecht and Uli the Tenant .


Web links

Commons : Wynigen  - 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. Staff: Community search . Population. In: Official website of the FSO. Federal Statistical Office FSO , 2015, accessed on August 30, 2017 (input from Wynigen ).
  3. ^ Results of the municipality of Wynigen. State Chancellery of the Canton of Bern, October 20, 2019, accessed on August 3, 2020 .