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Coat of arms of Küssnacht
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Küssnacht is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
Küssnacht is located in Canton of Schwyz
Location in Canton of Schwyz
Country Switzerland
Canton Schwyz
District Küssnacht
 • Total 29.37 km2 (11.34 sq mi)
(Hauptplatz, Küssnacht)
441 m (1,447 ft)
 (Dec 2020 )
 • Total 13,531
 • Density 460.71/km2 (1,193.23/sq mi)
Postal code
Localities Küssnacht SZ, Immensee, Merlischachen
Surrounded by Greppen, Meggen, Adligenswil, Udligenswil and Meierskappel (Canton of Lucerne); Risch and Walchwil (Canton of Zug) and Arth
Twin towns Küssaberg (Germany), Zduny (Poland)

Küssnacht am Rigi (official name since 2004: Küssnacht) is a village, a municipality and a district in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. It is the capital and municipality of the district of Küssnacht.


Astrid Chapel in Küssnacht

Küssnacht was first mentioned in 830 as Cossiniacum, defining the estate of the Roman Lord Cossinius.

In 1424, Küssnacht became a district of the Canton of Schwyz.

According to the legend of Wilhelm Tell, the hero shot the Austrian bailiff Gessler at the Hohle Gasse near the Gesslerburg with his crossbow.

On 29 August 1935, Queen Astrid of the Belgians was killed here in a road accident. A memorial chapel ("Königin-Astrid-Kapelle") was built at the accident scene.

A well-known folklore event on December 5 each year is the Klausjagen.


It is at the northern shore of Lake Lucerne and at the southern shore of Lake Zug below mount Rigi (1,797 m (5,896 ft)).


The municipality has three villages Küssnacht, Immensee, and Merlischachen, the hamlet Haltikon, the industrial area Fänn, and the alp Seeboden.

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