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Bollingen, Schmerikon and Uznach in the background (October 2009)
Obersee (upper Lake Zürich) at Bollingen, Benken in the background
Mariazell Wurmsbach Abbey

Bollingen is a village (Kirchdorf) within the municipality of Rapperswil-Jona in the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland.


The village is located along the northern shore of the upper Lake Zurich (Obersee) between Jona and Schmerikon. Bollingen was part of the former municipality of Jona: On January 1, 2007, the former municipalities of Rapperswil and Jona merged to form the new political entity Rapperswil-Jona.


Sandstone from Bollingen[1] already was used by the Roman Empire, and for example, to (partially) build the Cathedral in Lausanne, Grossmünster in Zürich and the city hall in Winterthur. In the Middle Ages, the two settlements named Unterbollingen and Oberbollingen are mentioned as part of the latter Grafschaft of the Counts of Rapperswil. In the early 13th century a small church is mentioned in Unterbollingen whose rights were transferred in 1229 by Rudolf (II) of Rapperswil and Diethelm of Toggenburg to the Premonstratensian Abbey St. Mary in Rüti (ZH). On the headland/peninsula at Oberbollingen, a St. Nicholas Chapel is mentioned, where around 1229 a small Cistercian (later Premonstratensian) monastery was established by the Counts of Rapperswil; in 1267 it was united with the nearby Mariazell Wurmsbach Abbey. In 1519, a new church in honor of St. Pancras was inaugurated in Unterbollingen. After the Reformation in Switzerland, it was acquired by the city of Rapperswil to be united with the Heiliggeistspital (Holy Spirit Hospital); since 1871, it is a parish church for its own.

Points of interest

Bollingen is known for the "Tower" built there by Carl Gustav Jung, anonther remarkable site is the Wurmsbach Abbey.


There was a train station about halfway between the Wurmsbach Abbey and the village, closed in 2004 for economical reasons and replaced by a bus connection to Jona.[2]


  1. ^ Bollinger Sandstein
  2. ^ on rapperswil.chBollingen Dorf – Wurmsbach – Jona Bahnhof


  • Eugen Halter: Geschichte der Gemeinde Jona. Schweizer Verlagshaus, Zürich 1970.

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Rapperswil-Jona (official site) (German)
  • Dorfverein Bollingen (German)
  • Bollingen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  • Bollingen on SwissWebCams
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