Girish Mahajan

Entlebuch District

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Country  Switzerland
Area  424.4 km²
Municipalities  9
Canton  Canton of Lucerne
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Capital  Entlebuch
University  HTMi
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Points of interest  Entlebuch Biosphere, Schrattenfluh, Brienzer Rothorn, Rengg, Bergbahnen Sörenberg AG
Destinations  Flühli, Marbach - Lucerne, Schüpfheim, Escholzmatt, Entlebuch

Entlebuch District was one of the five Ämtern, or districts, of the German-speaking Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland. Its capital is the village of Schüpfheim. In 2013 the name was changed from Amt Entlebuch to Wahlkreis Entlebuch as part of a reorganization of the Canton. A sixth Wahlkreis was created, but in Entlebuch everything else remained essentially unchanged.


Map of Entlebuch District, Switzerland


The area of the district is equivalent to the historical region of Entlebuch. At a total area of 395 km² it is dominated by the main valley of the Kleine Emme. The valley had been acquired by the house of Habsburg in 1300. In the later 14th century, the Entlebuch was in conflict with Obwalden over the right to alpine pastures, culminating in the Battle of Sörenberg in 1380. As a result of the conflict, the Entlebuch sought an alliance with Lucerne and in 1385 became a subject territory of that city. The region was long known as the "poorhouse of Switzerland" (also as the "Wild West of Lucerne") and is struggling for economic independence even today. In 2001 UNESCO accepted the region of Entlebuch to become part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, in which conservation of the natural and cultural landscape is coupled with strengthening the local economy.


Entlebuch consists of the following municipalities:

Mergers and name changes

  • On 1 January 2013 the former municipalities of Escholzmatt and Marbach (LU) merged to form the new municipality of Escholzmatt-Marbach. The municipality of Wolhusen moved from the Sursee District to the Entlebuch District.
  • References

    Entlebuch District Wikipedia

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