Stans

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Stans
Coat of arms of Stans
Coat of arms
CountrySwitzerland
CantonNidwalden
Districtn.a.
Area[1]
 • Total11.08 km2 (4.28 sq mi)
Elevation452 m (1,483 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total8,333
 • Density750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Postal code6370
SFOS number1509
Surrounded byBuochs, Dallenwil, Ennetbürgen, Ennetmoos, Oberdorf, Stansstad
Websitewww.stans.ch
SFSO statistics
A hotel in Stans

Stans is the capital city of the canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland. It has a population of 7,300 people. The area of Stans is 11 km².

History[change | change source]

Stans was first noted in 1172. In 1798, it was attacked by French troops, followed the decision of Nidwalden not to adapt a new constitution. Children whose parents were killed by this event were gathered by the teacher Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi for his first school. The open-air assembly (Landsgemeinde) was held in Stans each year until 1997.

Sights[change | change source]

The main sights of Stans are:

Other websites[change | change source]


  1. Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 30 August 2017