Maienfeld is located in the Landquart district, and that is in the Graubunden Canton. It is a municipality there. It is a Swiss tourist destination, and it situated in the Alps. It is a famous tourist destination because of the wine production there and because it was the setting of a famous story called Heidi. It has a population of about 2,600 people.
Maienfeld lies along an important passage through the Rhine Valley in the Alps. A pre-Roman cellar as well as Bronze work from the Prehistoric period has been there, as well as on St. Luzisteig hill. A Roman settlement or station from the 3rd century has been discovered on Roman Road.
The place was first described in the 800s, and it was called Lupinis way back then. The name of the place was changed a number of times over the ensuing centuries, and some of those names included Magen zu Luppinis, Maging, Lopine, and Magenza. In the late 1200s, the name Maienvelt was tried, and it eventually turned into Maienfeld.
From the middle part of the 900s until the middle part of the 1100s, the Bregenz counts ruled over Maienfeld. They had a castle at Maienfeld, and it was completely destroyed in the late 1000s by Henry IV.
Maienfeld was first described as a city in the mid-1300s, but it didn’t really seem to have a city government until about 100 years later, or guilds for that matter. In the late 1400s Maienfeld got the rights to exact a toll on the Roman Road that went from Chur across the St. Luzisteig to the north. There was also a market in Maienfeld, but the nearby city of Malans had the right to the market.
When it was measured in 2012, Maienfeld had a population of roughly 2,600. When it was measured in 2008, about 11% of the population was made up of nationals from foreign countries. Over the last decade the population has grown at about a 14% rate. The majority of the population is German-speaking (92%), and Portguese is the 2nd most commonly spoken language (1.5%). Romansh is the 3rd most commonly spoken language (1.5%).
When the census was taken in the year 2000, about 29% of the population was Roman Catholic, and about 58% were members of the Swiss Reformed Church. Out of the remainder of the population, there are about 20 people (or less than 1% of the population) who are members of an Orthodox Church. There are about 30 people (or a little over 1% of the population) who are members of another Christian church.
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