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Weinfelden
Coat of arms of Weinfelden
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Thurgau
District Weinfelden
Area
 • Total 15.5 km2 (6.0 sq mi)
Elevation 432 m (1,417 ft)
Population (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 11,187
 • Density 721.7/km2 (1,869/sq mi)
Postal code 8570
Surrounded by Amlikon-Bissegg, Berg, Bürglen, Bussnang, Kemmental, Märstetten

Weinfelden is a municipality in the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland. It is the capital of the district of the same name.

In December 2004 it had about 9500 people. Since it is in the middle of the canton, part of the canton's government is in the town. The Thurgau cantonal bank is also there. The grand council of the canton meets in Weinfelden during the winter.

History

Early history

Already in the year 124 AD, there was a Roman bridge over the Thur at Weinfelden. The name Weinfelden is first documented in 838.

Weinfelden was by far the biggest town in the canton of Thurgau. In 1798, Paul Reinhart and his committee led the area to freedom from the domination of the Eidgenossen. In 1803, Thurgau became an independent canton, through the mediation of Napoleon, with Frauenfeld as capital.

Modern history

In 1830, Thomas Bornhauser spoke to a large crowd in Weinfelden, demanding a liberal constitution for the canton. It is one of the first (if not the first) such document.

Portraits of both Paul Reinhart and Thomas Bornhauser hang in the Rathaus.

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