Appenzell (town)

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Appenzell is the capital of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland.jpg
Appenzell is located in Switzerland
Appenzell is located in Canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden
Coordinates: 47°20′N 09°25′E / 47.333°N 9.417°E / 47.333; 9.417Coordinates: 47°20′N 09°25′E / 47.333°N 9.417°E / 47.333; 9.417
Country Switzerland
Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden
 • Executive none
 • Parliament none
 • Total 16.86 km2 (6.51 sq mi)
Elevation (Landsgemeindeplatz) 777 m (2,549 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 5,822
 • Density 350/km2 (890/sq mi)
Demonym(s) German: Appenzeller(in)
Postal code 9050
SFOS number 3101
SFSO statistics

Appenzell is a village, a statistical town, but not a municipality, and the capital of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Appenzell has no municipal government of its own; rather, the different parts of Appenzell belong to and are governed by the districts (and municipalities) Appenzell, Schwende and Rüte. Because of that, for firefighting, energy and water, the town Appenzell has a special-purpose municipality, the Feuerschaugemeinde.

In 1071 the village was referred to as Abbacella. By 1223 this changed to Abbatiscella, meaning the Abbot's cell. This refers to the abbot of the Abbey of Saint Gall.

The official language of Appenzell is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.

The town centre

The buildings in the village core, the parish church, the 1563 town hall, the Salesis house, the ruins of Castle Clanx and the state archives with the administration building are listed as heritage sites of national significance.[3]


  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 2016
  3. ^ Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance (1995), p. 53.

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