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Coat of arms of Horw
Coat of arms
Horw is located in Switzerland
Horw is located in Canton of Lucerne
Coordinates: 47°1′N 8°19′E / 47.017°N 8.317°E / 47.017; 8.317Coordinates: 47°1′N 8°19′E / 47.017°N 8.317°E / 47.017; 8.317
Country Switzerland
Canton Lucerne
District Lucerne
 • Executive Gemeinderat
with 5 members
 • Mayor Gemeindepräsident
 • Parliament Einwohnerrat
with 30 members
 • Total 12.84 km2 (4.96 sq mi)
Elevation 441 m (1,447 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 13,788
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Postal code 6048
SFOS number 1058
Surrounded by Hergiswil (NW), Kriens, Lucerne (Luzern), Meggen, Stansstad (NW)
Twin towns Bratsch (Switzerland)
Website www.horw.ch
Profile (in German), SFSO statistics

Horw (German pronunciation: [hɔʁv]; Swiss German: Horb) is a municipality in the district of Lucerne in the canton of Lucerne in Switzerland.


Horw is first mentioned in 1231 as Horwe.[3]



Horw has an area of 12.8 km2 (4.9 sq mi). Of this area, 32.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 42.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 24.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4] In the 1997 land survey, 42.42% of the total land area was forested. Of the agricultural land, 30.54% is used for farming or pastures, while 1.94% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the settled areas, 14.61% is covered with buildings, 1.01% is industrial, 1.09% is classed as special developments, 1.79% is parks or greenbelts and 5.59% is transportation infrastructure. Of the unproductive areas, 0.39% is unproductive standing water (ponds or lakes), 0.08% is unproductive flowing water (rivers) and 0.54% is other unproductive land.[5]

The municipality is located on the outskirts of Lucerne on the Horwer peninsula. It covers the base of Mt. Pilatus and the, until the 20th Century swampy, valley below the mountain.


Horw has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 13,788.[6] As of 2007, 16.2% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 8.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (86.5%), with Italian being second most common ( 2.3%) and Serbo-Croatian being third ( 2.0%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 25.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (24.5%), the FDP (23.2%) and the SPS (13.4%).

The age distribution in Horw is; 2,583 people or 19.9% of the population is 0–19 years old. 3,224 people or 24.8% are 20–39 years old, and 4,584 people or 35.3% are 40–64 years old. The senior population distribution is 1,990 people or 15.3% are 65–79 years old, 513 or 4% are 80–89 years old and 89 people or 0.7% of the population are 90+ years old.[5]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Horw about 74.2% of the population (between age 25–64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

As of 2000 there are 5,426 households, of which 1,951 households (or about 36.0%) contain only a single individual. 282 or about 5.2% are large households, with at least five members.[5] As of 2000 there were 1,771 inhabited buildings in the municipality, of which 1,537 were built only as housing, and 234 were mixed use buildings. There were 913 single family homes, 209 double family homes, and 415 multi-family homes in the municipality. Most homes were either two (692) or three (508) story structures. There were only 82 single story buildings and 255 four or more story buildings.[5]

Horw has an unemployment rate of 2.15%. As of 2005, there were 235 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 45 businesses involved in this sector. 736 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 120 businesses in this sector. 3423 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 344 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2000 50.9% of the population of the municipality were employed in some capacity. At the same time, females made up 44.6% of the workforce.

In the 2000 census the religious membership of Horw was; 8,153 (64.5%) were Roman Catholic, and 1,905 (15.1%) were Protestant, with an additional 247 (1.95%) that were of some other Christian faith. There are 3 individuals (0.02% of the population) who are Jewish. There are 472 individuals (3.73% of the population) who are Muslim. Of the rest; there were 135 (1.07%) individuals who belong to another religion, 1,091 (8.63%) who do not belong to any organized religion, 642 (5.08%) who did not answer the question.[5]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
around 1352 54 households
1583 c. 300
around 1695 c. 630
1798 836
1850 1,254
1900 1,747
1950 4,621
1970 10,632
2000 12,648


The International School of Zug and Luzern has its Lucerne campus in Kastanienbaum, in Horw.[7]


Horw is served by Horw station on the Brünig railway line, and the linked Luzern–Stans–Engelberg line. The Lucerne S-Bahn services S4 and S5 combine to provide four trains per hour at the station.[8][9] The buses (lines 20, 21, 14 and 16) from VBL Verkehrsbetriebe Luzern connect Horw frequently to Lucerne and Kriens.


  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 (in German) accessed 30 August 2016
  3. ^ a b Horw in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 20-Aug-2009
  5. ^ a b c d e LUSTAT Lucerne Cantonal Statistics Archived November 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 12 August 2009
  6. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 30 August 2016
  7. ^ "Contact and Visit Us." International School of Zug and Luzern. Retrieved on 20 October 2015. "Villa Kramerstein St. Niklausenstrasse 59 6047 Kastanienbaum, Switzerland"
  8. ^ "Luzern–Brünig–Interlaken" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  9. ^ "Luzern–Stans–Engelberg" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 

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