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Coat of arms of Silenen
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Uri
District n.a.
 • Total 144.77 km2 (55.90 sq mi)
510 m (1,670 ft)
 (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 2,108
 • Density 14.561/km2 (37.713/sq mi)
Postal code
6473 Silenen
6474 Amsteg
6475 Bristen
Localities Bristen, Amsteg
Surrounded by Disentis/Mustér (GR), Erstfeld, Gurtnellen, Linthal (GL), Schattdorf, Spiringen, Tujetsch (GR), Unterschächen

Silenen is a municipality in the canton of Uri in Switzerland.


Silenen municipality comprises the villages of Silenen (divided into three parts, Dörfli, Russ, Rusli), Amsteg, and Acherli, besides numerous smaller hamlets or dispersed settlements, including Schützen, Buechholz, Öfibach, Dägerlohn, Frentschenberg, Ried (Vorderried, Hinterried), Maderanerthal valley (St. Anton = Vorderbristen, Bristen = Hinterbristen, Cholplatz, Hälteli, Steinmatte, Schattigmatt etc.), Hofstetten, Silblen, and the Golzeren plateau (Egg, Hüseren, Seewen, etc.)

Chärstelenbach Bridge near Amsteg

Silenen has an area, as of 2006, of 144.8 km2 (55.9 sq mi). Of this area, 12.8% is used for agricultural purposes (mostly alpine pastures), while 18.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.7% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (68.1%) is non-productive (mostly mountainous).

Arnisee can be reached by gondola lift from Amsteg.

The Zwing Uri Castle, overlooking Amsteg has some importance in Swiss historiography as the first fortress destroyed in the Burgenbruch at the beginning of the Swiss Confederacy.

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