Diessbach bei Büren

Diessbach bei Büren
Diessbach village
Diessbach village
Coat of arms of Diessbach bei Büren
Coat of arms
Diessbach bei Büren is located in Switzerland
Diessbach bei Büren
Diessbach bei Büren
Location of Diessbach bei Büren
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Diessbach bei Büren is located in Canton of Bern
Diessbach bei Büren
Diessbach bei Büren
Diessbach bei Büren (Canton of Bern)
Coordinates: 47°7′N 7°22′E / 47°7′N 7°22′E / 47.117; 7.367
 • MayorUrs Zurbuchen
 • Total6.33 km2 (2.44 sq mi)
Elevation464 m (1,522 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total992
 • Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Postal code3264
SFOS number0385
Surrounded bySchnottwil, Wengi, Grossaffoltern, Lyss, Büetigen, Dotzigen, Büren an der Aare
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Diessbach bei Büren is a municipality in the Seeland administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

Diessbach has a reformed church, and is the center of the parish which includes the municipalities Busswil bei Büren, Büetigen and Dotzigen as well.


Church in Diessbach

The earliest traces of human settlement come from the mesolithic and neolithic eras. Scattered Bronze Age items and a La Tene era grave have also been found. During the Roman era there was an estate at Schwerzi-Maueracker and small settlements at Moosacker and Schaliberg.

The town first appeared in historical sources in 1244, under the name Diespah.[3] At that time, the settlement consisted of a few farms and the church, which can be traced back to the seventh century and was also described in 1244.

As part of the Strassberg holdings, Diessbach became part of Bern in 1393 along with Büren an der Aare, which became the administrative district in 1803.

The current village church was built in 1858-59. However, this building had five predecessor buildings stretching back to the 7th or 8th century. It was first mentioned as St. John's Church in 1244.[3]

Beginning in the early 19th century, the farmers in Diessbach switched to raising dairy cows. By 1830 there were two large dairies in the municipality. There are a few small factories which produce watch parts and wood or metal buildings. Even though there is no rail station in the municipality, many workers commute to Lyss for their jobs. The municipality has its own primary school.[3]

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