Langenthal, CH

Today, I picked up the funerary urn containing the cremated ashes of my deceased younger brother and thought I might as well stroll through the city, he’s lived for the past years: Langenthal is a town and a municipality in the district of Oberaargau in the canton of Bern in Switzerland and an educational, cultural as well as an economic center for the region of Oberaargau. The city is big enough to grant real individualists the desired anonymity and small enough to maintain real communities in the best sense of the word.


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Langenthal is a so-called DUNUM name. The name Langenthal has developed from the pre-Germanic form “LangaDUNUM”. The basic word “DUNUM” means in the antique Celts language: “fortified or enclosed space”. The term “Langa” is part of the old European name for water and describes the stream. Thus the name means: The fortified place on the Langa. The place is first mentioned in writing as “Langatun” (861). In the early modern period (1577), the name “Langenthal” then formed itself from the earlier name “Langetten” (1413).

Since 1997, Langenthal has been officially a town (not a village anymore) and forms the center of the Oberaargau with approx. 80,000 people from all over the surrounding area. The city is located in the middle of the Swiss Plateau, has good transport links near the West-East and North-South main axes and offers an exceptional mix of culture, traditions and economy. The companies and the approx. 15,500 people who live the town itself benefit from the favorable traffic situation and the high quality of living.

The high sidewalks in the center of Langenthal are immediately noticeable. They were created to channel the Langete river floods through the streets in case of emergency. This historical fact is also the reason for the urban design of the inner city. The row of houses on the Eastern side of the Marktgasse was built directly on the river when it was decided in the 18th century to build over the “innere Allmend”. Since 1992, the danger of flooding has been averted by a well-functioning relief tunnel.

Getting there

By any means or by choice of public transport services: SBB Timetable, please click here.

The Country

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge.

The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.

The Weather

Here’s the weather for the capitol city. Go to Dark Sky and input any other destination of your choice to get a detailed weather prognosis. There’s also a weather time machine, providing you backcasts for the experienced past and forecasts for the predicted future.

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