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Weinfelden is a municipality and capital of the district in the canton of Thurgau in the east of Switzerland.

Weinfelden is near Frauenfeld. Several cantonal institutions have here because of the more central geographical location based, so the Thurgau Thurgau Cantonal Bank and the Administrative Court. The Grand Council, the Parliament of the Canton of Thurgau meets during the winter months in Weinfelden.

  • 2.1 Traffic
  • 4.1 Education
  • 4.2 Attractions
  • 4.3 Customs
  • 4.4 events
  • 4.5 Recreational facilities
  • 5.1 Sons and daughters of the town
  • 5.2 personalities who lived or worked locally


December 31, 2011 10'440 people lived in Weinfelden., So that the community is considered to be statistically city.


Weinfelden has a Protestant and a Catholic parish.

Connected in the local branch of the Evangelical Alliance, the Evangelical Reformed Church, the Methodist Church, the community and the Chrischona Founded in 1961, the Swiss Pentecostal Mission belonging Free Christian Community.

Reformed Church



The wine Saalfelden railway station is the largest railway junction of the Canton of Thurgau. Until the mid-19th century resembled the Thurtal an impassable wilderness. Only when the railway line Oerlikon - Roman horn was built by the Swiss Northeastern Railway, could also be transported on the west-east axis goods by the canton. 1876 ​​Bischofszellerstrasse line (line to St. Gallen) was opened in 1911 took the Mittelthurgaubahn operation on the line Kreuzlingen - Weinfelden - Wil on. Today Intercity trains to Zurich Airport, Zurich, Biel or Brig and S-Bahn trains of the Zurich S- Bahn and S-Bahn St. Gallen. Thus, cross five railway lines and five postal routes in Weinfelden. The station was completely renovated in 2002.

From heavy traffic Weinfelden is relieved with a ring road ( Dunant, Dufour and Deucherstrasse ). Therefore, there are plans for a Thurtal / Aachtal Expressway in gear with a tunnel through the Ottenberg. The submission was rejected together with the Southern Bypass Kreuzlingen Thurgau 2005 by the voters. In September 2012, has been voted again on a similar presentation of the canton: Under the name BTS (short for " Bodensee- Thur - road " highway speed 100/80 of Weinfelden about Sulgen, Amriswil to Arbon ) and OLS ( " Oberlandstrasse " main street tempo 80/50 from Kreuzlingen via Langrickenbach after Amriswil with connection to the BTS) came two similar extensions to the road network (network decisions) as in 2005 to the vote and were approved by 54.6 % of the vote. The configuration of the lines is currently.


N As early as 124 BC was shown to a five meter wide Roman bridge over the Rhine at the point Weinfelden, which suggests that already at that time a commercial space was available. However, the name Weinfelden emerged only in the year 838 AD into a deed of gift to the monastery of St. Gall. The former name was Quivelda ( = winis field).

In the early modern era the place was in possession of varying noble and patrician families. In the mid-16th century, the lords of mouth Pratt were in possession of the place. 1551 acquired Hans Dietrich von Gemmingen from the line Gemmingen - Steinegg, who was married to a daughter mouth Pratt, the rule Weinfelden. In 1555 he sold Weinfelden to the Fugger. 1572 was the place owned by Arbogast of Schellenberg. 1575 acquired Eberhard von Gemmingen and his brothers out of the line - Gemmingen guarantees the rule Weinfelden. The Barons of Gemmingen erected a workhouse and established a school place. The heirs sold it in 1614 to the city of Zurich.

Weinfelden - at that time by far the largest town in the canton of Thurgau - reached in 1798 historical significance: In February of that year, Paul Reinhart led, together with his committee Thurgau from centuries of federal subjects shaft (since 1460 ) in a short first freedom. 1803 Canton Thurgau was then by the Act of Mediation of Emperor Napoleon formally independent - and Frauenfeld capital.

1830 became Weinfelden for the second time political significance. On October 22, 1830, the eloquent Thomas Born Hauser said to a counting after thousands quantity in Weinfelden. He demanded - and obtained in 1831 also - in the town square (of the same stairs of the inn to the grapes as Paul Reinhart 32 years before him) one of the first liberal constitutions in Europe.

Even today in Weinfelden with Paul Reinhart and Thomas Born Hauser mentioned in the same breath as the two most important here politician of the 19th century. From both hanging in the hall similarly equipped portraits, from both standing there in the same configured busts; there is a Paul Reinhart and Thomas -Born Hauser Street, a Paul Reinhart and a Thomas -Born Hauser- Schoolhouse, Paul Reinhart commemorative plaque on the house to the Committee and the Thomas -Born houses Fountain in the town square.

Arts Culture


The educational institutions include the compulsory education kindergartens, primary and senior school. In addition, is Weinfelden school location of the largest professional training center in the canton, the BBZ ' Weinfelden. Schools and colleges are within a commuting distance.


  • The Reformed village church was built in 1902-1904 as a Neo-Romanesque central building and has an Art Nouveau features. The Catholic Church built almost simultaneously with neo-baroque classical elements.
  • Castle Weinfelden, above the town.
  • Pedestrian bridge over the Rhine Ganggelisteg: suspension bridge of 1882.
  • Cartwright House, Thomas Hauser -Born -Str. 12: built in 1932, most important testimony of New Building ( Bauhaus style) in the canton of Thurgau.


The vineyards traditions are nurtured among other things with the Bochselnacht. Every year, draw on Thursday of the last whole week before Christmas the pupils of the primary school and the high school with himself carved beets in a procession through Weinfelden. These beets are hollowed out and lit from the inside with a candle. The third high school classes studying a terminating a theater, they perform at the Bochselnacht, the main sample all school children will be invited.


In Weinfelden there are three major events each year. The first is the vineyards Wine Festival ( Wyfescht ), this is always undertaken in late summer. The second major event is the fall of the vines and crafts exhibition WEGA, which attracts about 100,000 people each. In the spring there is the Gastronomic Fair Schlaraffia.

Recreational facilities

Since 1998 there is the Cinema Liberty Cinema with three screens and a total of 450 seats. In addition to the cinema is a starting complex, west of the community a well-known for its many hip-hop club events.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Born Thomas Hauser (1799-1856), priest and writer
  • Dudli Hugo (1930-2004), composer and conductor
  • Heinrich Haberlin (1868-1947), politician ( FDP), the National Council, Federal Council
  • Paul Reinhart (1748-1824), chemist, president of the first free government of Thurgau
  • Heinz Rutishauser (1918-1970), mathematician, pioneer of modern numerical mathematics and computer science
  • Reto Scherrer ( born 1975 ), radio and TV presenter

Personalities who lived or worked locally

  • Martin Brown (1808-1892), builder of the organ in the Protestant church (1867, existed until 1920 )
  • Johann Otto von Gemmingen (1545-1598), Prince-Bishop of Augsburg
  • Peter Stamm (* 1963), writer