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Dornach

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Things to do: sightseeing, historic sites
Dornach is a municipality in the district of Dorneck in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland.HistoryDornach is first mentioned in 1223 as de Tornacho. In 1307 it was mentioned as zu Dornach. It has been settled since at least 1223 when a local lay priest was known as Johannes de Tornacho (thought to mean "from the estate of Turnus").The site was the location of the decisive 1499 Battle of Dornach, which ended the Swabian War and effectively ensured the independence of the Old Swiss Confederacy from the Holy Roman Empire. The battle is memorialized in a 1949 relief wall.Today Dornach is famous for the Goetheanum and is home to the international headquarters of the Anthroposophical movement founded by Rudolf Steiner.GeographyDornach has an area, as of 2009, of 5.77km2. Of this area, 1km2 or 17.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 2.67km2 or 46.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.05km2 or 35.5% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.02km2 or 0.3% is either rivers or lakes and 0.01km2 or 0.2% is unproductive land.Of the built-up area, industrial buildings made up 3.6% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 22.4% and transportation infrastructure made up 6.8%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 2.3%. Out of the forested land, 44.2% of the total land area is heavily forested and 2.1% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 6.1% is used for growing crops and 8.0% is pastures, while 3.3% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.
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