Matten bei Interlaken

Matten bei Interlaken
Matten b.I. on the left of the Chli Chrugge and Wilderswil in the back
Matten b.I. on the left of the Chli Chrugge and Wilderswil in the back
Coat of arms of Matten bei Interlaken
Coat of arms
Matten bei Interlaken is located in Switzerland
Matten bei Interlaken
Matten bei Interlaken
Location of Matten bei Interlaken
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Matten bei Interlaken is located in Canton of Bern
Matten bei Interlaken
Matten bei Interlaken
Matten bei Interlaken (Canton of Bern)
Coordinates: 46°40′N 7°51′E / 46°40′N 7°51′E / 46.667; 7.850
 • Total5.91 km2 (2.28 sq mi)
Elevation572 m (1,877 ft)
Population (Dec 2017[2])
 • Total4,071
 • Density690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Postal code3800
SFOS number0587
Surrounded byInterlaken, Bönigen, Gsteigwiler, Wilderswil and Därligen
SFSO statistics

Matten bei Interlaken (abbreviated as Matten b.I., or simply Matten) is a village and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

Matten b.I. belongs to the Small Agglomeration Interlaken with 23,300 inhabitants (2014).[3]


This stone inscribed "frontier defence 1939-1945" stands between the airbase and the Lütschine river

Matten bei Interlaken is first mentioned in 1133 as inter lacus Madon.[4]

The oldest trace of a settlement in the area are some Roman coins and fragments of a Roman road. During the Early Middle Ages there was a graveyard and probably a village in the area.

In the seventh century, Alemanni first settled in the modern municipal area, pushing out the Celts into the surrounding valleys. The first documented reference to the town, in the phrase inter lacus Madon, was on 8 November 1133 in a letter from Lothair III, Holy Roman Emperor. It is known that many residents of Matten served as soldiers in service of a foreign power.

Between 1300 and 1310 Interlaken Monastery acquired the village and bailiwick from other local nobles. The Monastery held the village for about two centuries. In 1528, the city of Bern adopted the new faith of the Protestant Reformation and began imposing it on the Bernese Oberland. Matten joined many other villages and the Monastery in an unsuccessful rebellion against the new faith. After Bern imposed its will on the Oberland, they secularized the Monastery and annexed all the Monastery lands. Matten became a part of the Bernese bailiwick of Interlaken.

A milestone in the history of the place was the first Unspunnenfest in 1805. The Rugenbräu brewery opened in the village in 1866. As tourism to the Bernese Oberland increased in the course of the nineteenth century, Matten profited, and the large hotels Jungfraublick (1863) and Mattenhof (1870) were built. The latter served as a military hospital in World War II. The tourist industry reached its peak around 1910, then began to decline during the two World Wars and the Great Depression.

During World War II, an airbase was built in the municipality. For its construction, a large portion of the southeastern part of the municipality was drained. Today, although there is still a tarmac strip, this area no longer serves a military purpose and it is now used for cattle grazing. Other large events take advantage of the large flattened area as well, such as the Country- und Trucker Festival and the Greenfield Festival. Erich von Däniken's Mystery Park was also built on the former airbase land.

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