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Stans is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
Stans is located in Canton of Nidwalden
Location in Canton of Nidwalden
Country Switzerland
Canton Nidwalden
District n.a.
 • Total 11.08 km2 (4.28 sq mi)
452 m (1,483 ft)
 (Dec 2020 )
 • Total 8,171
 • Density 737.5/km2 (1,910.0/sq mi)
Postal code
Surrounded by Buochs, Dallenwil, Ennetbürgen, Ennetmoos, Oberdorf, Stansstad
Picswiss NW-26-06
A hotel in Stans

Stans is the capital city of the canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland. It has a population of 7,300 people. The area of Stans is 11 km².


Stans was first noted in 1172. In 1798, it was attacked by French troops, followed the decision of Nidwalden not to adapt a new constitution. Children whose parents were killed by this event were gathered by the teacher Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi for his first school. The open-air assembly (Landsgemeinde) was held in Stans each year until 1997.


The main sights of Stans are:

  • The Stanserhorn (1900m) mountain and tourist resort
  • The Stanserhornbahn: A cable car which takes people from the base of the mountain to the hotel at the top. It was first built in 1893.
  • The main square (Dorfplatz)
  • Saint Peter and Paul church: built from 1641 to 1647 with a Romanesque tower
  • The Saint Klara monastery
  • A monument for the local hero Arnold von Winkelried and his birth place (Winkelriedhaus).

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