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Büsingen am Hochrhein
Coat of arms of Büsingen am Hochrhein
Coordinates 47°41′49″N 08°41′25″E / 47.69694°N 8.69028°E / 47.69694; 8.69028
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Konstanz
Mayor Gunnar Lang
Basic statistics
Area 7.62 km2 (2.94 sq mi)
Elevation 385 m  (1263 ft)
Population 1,396  (31 December 2010)
 - Density 183 /km2 (474 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate BÜS
Postal codes D-78266 / CH-8238
Area codes 07734 (D); 052 (CH)
Website www.buesingen.de
Location of Büsingen in the German–Swiss border area
Location of Büsingen in the German–Swiss border area

Büsingen am Hochrhein is a German town. It is part of the German state (Bundesland) of Baden-Württemberg. The town belongs to the district (Kreis) of Konstanz. Büsingen has an area of about 7.62 km2 or 2.94 sq mi. As of December 2010, about 1,400 people live there. This town is the only exclave of Germany. It is located in Switzerland. Büsingen is surrounded by the Swiss Cantons of Schaffhausen, Zürich and Thurgau. In the south, its border is the river Rhine.

About 700m of Swiss land are between the town and German mainland. The village next to Büsingen is the Swiss village of Dörflingen.

Because Switzerland signed the Schengen Agreement, there are no border controls between Büsingen and Switzerland and the rest of Germany.

Büsingen am Hochrhein Swiss and German Telephone Booth
A Swiss (left) and a German (right) telephone in Büsingen.

Because the town is in the Swiss territory, but German, many things exist twice in there. Büsingen has for example two postal codes and area codes. The official currency is the Euro. However, most things like electricity and water come from Switzerland and have to be paid in Swiss Francs. Büsingen belongs politically to Germany, but depends on Switzerland in economics.

Büsingen only has one elementary school. Pupils can attend the school there up to the fourth grade. After this, the parents have to decide whether the children should attend a German or a Swiss school.


The oldest finds in the area of Büsingen date back to the Bronze Age. The town was first officially mentioned in 1090.

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