Ermatingen. Foto/Photo: TES.


Ermatingen (Thurgau Canton) on Lake Constance (Bodensee) was already inhabited in the Stone Age with stilts.

Graves from the Hallstatt period, a Roman settlement and Alemannic cemeteries have also been found. The village is documented as Erfmoutinga in 724.

Many documents show the great importance of the House of Hard. They were often in the service of the abbots of Reichenau. In 1660 the village received market rights from the Eidgenossen.

A Great Dane has adorned Ermatingen’s coat of arms since the Middle Ages. During the war between the bishop of Constance and the abbot of St. Gallen, a dog is said to have warned the people of the village in time for an attack by the abbot.