Infobox Swiss town
subject_name = Herisau
municipality_name = Herisau
municipality_type = city
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languages = German
canton = Appenzell Ausserrhoden
iso-code-region = CH-AR
district = n.a.
postal_code = 9100
municipality_code = 3001
area = 25.17
elevation = 771|elevation_description=
population = 18507|populationof = January 2004 | popofyear = 2004
website = www.herisau.ch
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neighboring_municipalities= Degersheim (SG), Flawil (SG), Gossau (SG), Hundwil, St. Gallen (SG), Schwellbrunn, Stein, Waldstatt
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Herisau is a municipality of the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland. It is the seat of the canton's government and parliament; the judicial authorities are situated in Trogen.

The central hamlet and the houses around the central square, the Protestant church of 1580, the houses "Wetter" and "zur Rose" (both 1737), the hamlet "Schwänberg" and the government building with the state archive are listed as heritage sites of national significance. [Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance (1995), p. 55.]


Herisau was first mentioned in 837, its church in 907. In 1084 Herisau was destroyed as part of battles around the monastery in St. Gallen. In 1248 and 1249 the town was destroyed again, this time by the monastery to establish loyalty. In 1401 Herisau joined an alliance with other places in Appenzell.

Between 1517 and 1518 Herisau managed to buy itself free from the monastery. The town hall was built in 1601. In 1606 the town was largely destroyed by a fire. In 1648 Schwellbrunn separates and becomes an independent village. Between 1798 and 1803 Herisau was the capital of the canton "Säntis".


Herisau is located in the centre of eastern Switzerland. As early as 1537 it established itself as an important centre of trade and commerce.

Notable residents

*Robert Walser (1878-1956), writer
*Johannes Baumann, member of the Swiss Federal Council (1934–1940)
*Hans-Rudolf Merz, member of the Swiss Federal Council (since 2004)
*Paul Giger (born 1952), violinist and composer
*Jonas Hiller, National Hockey League goaltend


External links

*http://www.herisau.ch de icon official website

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