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Coordinates: 47°4′N 8°26′E / 47.067°N 8.433°E / 47.067; 8.433
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Coat of arms of Küssnacht
Location of Küssnacht
Küssnacht is located in Switzerland
Küssnacht is located in Canton of Schwyz
Coordinates: 47°4′N 8°26′E / 47.067°N 8.433°E / 47.067; 8.433
 • MayorBezirksammann
Michael Fuchs
 • Total36.2 km2 (14.0 sq mi)
(Hauptplatz, Küssnacht)
441 m (1,447 ft)
 (31 December 2018)[2]
 • Total13,084
 • Density360/km2 (940/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number1331
LocalitiesKüssnacht SZ, Immensee, Merlischachen
Surrounded byGreppen, Meggen, Adligenswil, Udligenswil and Meierskappel (Canton of Lucerne); Risch and Walchwil (Canton of Zug) and Arth
Twin townsKüssaberg (Germany), Zduny (Poland)
SFSO statistics

Küssnacht am Rigi (official name since 2004: Küssnacht) is a village, a municipality and a district in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. It is the capital and municipality of the district of Küssnacht.

History[change | change source]

Astrid Chapel in Küssnacht

Küssnacht was first mentioned in 830 as Cossiniacum, defining the estate of the Roman Lord Cossinius.

In 1424, Küssnacht became a district of the Canton of Schwyz.

According to the legend of Wilhelm Tell, the hero shot the Austrian bailiff Gessler at the Hohle Gasse near the Gesslerburg with his crossbow.

On 29 August 1935, Queen Astrid of the Belgians was killed here in a road accident. A memorial chapel ("Königin-Astrid-Kapelle") was built at the accident scene.

A well-known folklore event on December 5 each year is the Klausjagen.

Geography[change | change source]

It is at the northern shore of Lake Lucerne and at the southern shore of Lake Zug below mount Rigi (1,797 metres (5,896 feet)).

Villages[change | change source]

The municipality has three villages Küssnacht, Immensee, and Merlischachen, the hamlet Haltikon, the industrial area Fänn, and the alp Seeboden.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Küssnacht at Wikimedia Commons