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Former municipality of Switzerland
Coat of arms of Zimmerwald
Coat of arms
Zimmerwald is located in Switzerland
Coordinates: 46°53′N 7°28′E / 46.883°N 7.467°E / 46.883; 7.467Coordinates: 46°53′N 7°28′E / 46.883°N 7.467°E / 46.883; 7.467
Country Switzerland
Canton Bern
District Seftigen
 • Total 8.94 km2 (3.45 sq mi)
Elevation 840 m (2,760 ft)
 • Total 870
 • Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Postal code 3086

Zimmerwald was until 31 December 2003 an independent municipality in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland. It is located on a hill in the proximity of the city of Bern in the Bernese Mittelland. On 1 January 2004 Zimmerwald united with the municipality of Englisberg to form the new municipality of Wald.

Population: 870 (31 December 2002) coats of arms: To three firs on green three-mountain before silver background become green.

village entrance of Zimmerwald
Hotel and Pension de Beau Séjour of Zimmerwald, steel engraving dated 1865
church of Zimmerwald, view towards Belpberg and Alps
church of Zimmerwald with adjoining municipal cemetery
the "Leuen", the local tavern and inn of Zimmerwald, built in 1840
hamlet of Brönni, Obermuhlern, village of Zimmerwald
Coloured lithography of the Hotel "Beau Séjour" where delegates of the 1915 Zimmerwald Conference lived. The main building of the hotel was torn down in the 1960s. The guest house and parts of the park survive to this day


Zimmerwald was only settled in the late phase of the Germanic colonisation of Switzerland. Between 800 to 900, for the first time members of the Ciberni settling in Southern Germany took the length mountain in possession. The first mention of the town in documents occurs only in the later Middle Ages . In the year 1999, Zimmerwald celebrated its 700th anniversary.

Zimmerwald enters the annals of world history due to the Zimmerwald Conference held in 1915 . In September 1915, prominent socialists met from throughout Europe, among them Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin. The conference was called by Robert Grimm of Bern. The international workers' movement split as a result of the conference into social democratic and a revolutionary wings.

Sites of interest[edit]

Wind instruments museum[edit]

The collection covers approximately 1000 wind instruments from the beginnings to the present. In addition belong both wood and sheet metal wind instruments in addition, percussion instruments. Among them rare pieces such as bull horns, old-Germanic Lure, Serpent and flap trumpet. Naturally also Alphorn belong to the collection.

Zimmerwald Observatory[edit]

The Zimmerwald Observatory is the reference point for the CH1903+ Swiss coordinate system.


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