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The former Aathal train station

The Aatal is a narrow valley flanked by forests between the cities of Uster and Wetzikon in the canton of Zurich , Switzerland . The Ustermer Aa flows through it. The  town of Aathal , which belongs to the municipality of Seegräben and whose name goes back to the spelling for valley that was valid before the spelling reform of 1901, is located in the Aatal .

The Aatal is an important traffic artery with industry and commerce, which connects the greater Zurich area with the communities of the Zurich Oberland. The heavily used, supraregional main road (Kantonsstrasse) between Uster and Wetzikon runs through the valley, as does the route of the former Glatthalbahn , on which the S14 of the Zurich S-Bahn serves the Aathal stop every half hour. In addition to the structures of various former spinning mills, which are connected by an industrial educational trail , the dinosaur museum is another attraction.

In the 18th / 19th In the 19th century, the cotton industry used water power intensively. Efforts have been underway since 2008 to increasingly use the small hydropower plants for electricity production again.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Walter Sturzenegger: Unteraathal power station is supposed to supply water. In: Tages-Anzeiger . September 9, 2008, accessed February 11, 2016 .
  2. Unteraathal small hydropower plant, Aabach, Canton of Zurich. (PDF) Entegra AG, accessed on February 11, 2016 .

Coordinates: 47 ° 20 '24.4 "  N , 8 ° 45' 25.9"  E ; CH1903:  699,646  /  244086