Affoltern am Albis

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Affoltern am Albis
Affoltern am Albis coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Affoltern
BFS no. : 0002i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8909 Zwillikon
8910 Affoltern am Albis
Coordinates : 676.21 thousand  /  236500 coordinates: 47 ° 16 '30 "  N , 8 ° 26' 45"  O ; CH1903:  six hundred seventy-six thousand two hundred and ten  /  236500
Height : 494  m above sea level M.
Height range : 440–749 m above sea level M.
Area : 10.59  km²
Residents: i12,229 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 1155 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
28.5% (December 31, 2018)
City President : Clemens Grötsch ( independent )
View over Affoltern

View over Affoltern

Location of the municipality
Türlersee Zürichsee Bezirk Horgen Bezirk Zürich Bezirk Dietikon Kanton Zug Kanton Aargau Aeugst am Albis Affoltern am Albis Bonstetten ZH Hausen am Albis Hedingen Kappel am Albis Knonau Maschwanden Mettmenstetten Obfelden Ottenbach ZH Rifferswil Stallikon Wettswil am Albis Bezirk MeilenMap of Affoltern am Albis
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Affoltern am Albis (in Zurich German : Affoltere [ (ts) ˈɑfˑoltəɾə (n ɑm ˈɑlbis) ], loosely also Af (f) zgi ) is a political municipality in the Swiss canton of Zurich and since 1837 the capital of the Affoltern district . It is the most populous municipality as well as the economic and cultural center of the district. The inhabitants of Affoltern are called Affoltemer .

Affoltern has had a population of over 10,000 since 2001 and has been a city since July 1, 2018.

Affoltern is located on the wooded mountain ranges between the Albiskette and Reuss , which were formed during the last Ice Age , and has been attested by name since the 12th century. In the 19th century, the political community was divided into the civil parishes of Ober- and Unteraffoltern , Zwillikon and Loo-Fehrenbach .


Geographical location

Affoltern is located in the southwest of the canton of Zurich and, with 10.56 km² , is the fourth largest municipality in the district of the same name after Hausen am Albis , Mettmenstetten and Stallikon . Affoltern and Zwillikon as well as the hamlets of Loo, Ferenbach, Lochhof and Weid belong to the municipality. Affoltern is 15 kilometers air distance from Zurich and just as far from Zug .

In the north is Hedingen and a small corner of Stallikon . To the east is the higher-lying community of Aeugst am Albis . In the south lies the larger community of Mettmenstetten , in the west Obfelden , Ottenbach and Jonen .

Municipal area

View from Hedingen to Affoltern, the golf course in the foreground
Photo of aviation pioneer Walter Mittelholzer from 1945

The largest part of the municipal area is taken up by agricultural land, which comprises 40.1%. Another 28.2% is forest, 24.2% settlement area, 6.6% traffic area and 0.3% water. The next mountain is the densely forested, 829 meter high Aeugsterberg . The closest mountains for excursions are the 869 meter high Uetliberg and the 1039 meter high Zugerberg .

In the north of the municipality of Affoltern, there is the Unterdorf and the Hedingerfeld. The lower village stretches west to the upper village. The Hedingerfeld is a constantly growing area on the border with Hedingen. Affoltern and Hedingen have already grown together in some places. In the northeast is the Affoltern village Zwillikon. The industrial quarter is in the south. In the southeast lies the Jonental and the watershed to the Reppischtal, with the Jonenbach plain in between. In the west lies the upper village below the Mühlberg mountain.


From a geological point of view, Affoltern is located in the Molasse basin of the Swiss Plateau . In the course of the Tertiary , the basin was filled with debris from the emerging Alps , whereby the sediments can be divided into different layers. Deposits under marine conditions are referred to as sea molasses, those under fluvial conditions as fresh water molasses . The community lies west of the Albis mountain range in a moraine landscape that opens up towards the Reuss plain .

Affoltern and the region received the decisive influence on the landscape from the advance of the Reuss Glacier during the various ice ages . The glacier deepened and widened existing valleys and created new valleys. The determining watercourse is the Jonenbach , which rises in Hausen am Albis and flows through Kappel am Albis , Mettmenstetten , Affoltern, Zwillikon and Jonen to the confluence with the Reuss. After several floods, extensive flood protection measures were carried out on the Jonenbach. In 2008 a retention basin was built in the Jonental towards Kappel am Albis .


Affoltern is in the temperate climate zone . The climate is shaped on the one hand by the winds from western directions, which often bring precipitation , and on the other hand by the bise (east or north-east wind), which is usually associated with high pressure, but brings cooler weather phases in all seasons than would be expected on average. The foehn , which is important in the Alpine valleys and on the edge of the Alps , does not normally show any special climatic effects on Affoltern. The nearest MeteoSwiss climate measuring stations are in Lucerne and Zurich-Affoltern , 15 and 25 kilometers away, respectively. Both stations deliver approximately the same values. This results in an average annual temperature of 8.7 ° C for Affoltern. The coldest month is January with -0.4 ° C, the warmest is July with 21.0 ° C. The amount of precipitation is around 1100 millimeters per year, with higher amounts being measured especially during the three summer months than in winter due to the convective precipitation .

Flora and fauna

The flora of Affoltern and the entire district comprises around 1100 plant species; without algae, fungi, lichen and moss. Deciduous forests, especially the woodruff beech forest, are widespread in Affoltern . On soils that are more humid due to the higher clay content or their location at the foot of the slope or at the edges of the hollow, the beech is increasingly being displaced by sycamore and ash . Wild garlic corridors determine their undergrowth. The Turkish League is widespread in all lime-rich mixed deciduous forests . There are mainly birds and snakes in the region. Increase in the populations of Black Redstart , Fieldfare , jays and gray heron , however, have taken Redstart and Cuckoo . The red kite is the largest bird of prey in the region.


Place name

The place name is probably first attested in 1044 (copy from a later time; the assignment to Affoltern am Albis is not entirely certain), namely in the designation of origin Cuno de Affaltra ("Kuno von Affoltern"). In 1150 the village is attested as Alfeltre, before 1190 as Afiltre and from 1213 as Affoltre . The current name goes back to the dative of the majority of the Old High German generic word apholtra / affaltra ("apple tree"), which is still fully documented in 1249: Cunradus et Iohannes fratres de Affoltron .

First settlements

Burial mounds from the Hallstatt period were found on Müliberg, Äspli and in the village of Affoltern . However, no trace has yet been found of the manors from Roman times that are suspected in several places .

middle Ages

There used to be only a few farms and stables along the Jonenbach . At the turn of the first millennium, a path chapel was built on the site of today's Reformed church. It was square and had a dimension of four by four meters and a wall thickness of 30 centimeters, was open to the west and slightly rounded to the east. On the occasion of the church renovation in 1975, their floor plan was discovered.

In 1213, Emperor Friedrich II not only confirmed the basic rights of the monastery community, but also a first Affoltem church in the same document. According to this, the lords of the monastery must have initiated a new building between 1160 and 1170: The walls of the existing path chapel were torn down and practically the same place began again from the beginning. A small farm belonged to the church, the income of which went to the clergy. This is in another document from 1303, in which the name of the first pastor, Niklaus von Malters, is recorded.

The places of court handed down from the Habsburg period from 1173 to 1415 were Rifferswil, Affoltern am Albis and Berikon .

From 1415 Affoltern was under the rule and administration of Zurich. In Affoltern am Albis, the reform-oriented people priest Jakob Näf worked from 1517 . He was responsible for abolishing the mass in 1526 . In 1528 he took part in the Bernese Faith Talks . A first dispute in Kappel could be prevented through mediation by the neutral places and ended with the First Kappeler Landfrieden . The second Kappel War in 1531, however, ended with a defeat for the Reformed towns. Pastor Jakob Näf was killed in battle with Ulrich Zwingli.

In 1533 the village had 316 inhabitants, a hundred years later there were twice as many. In a pamphlet by the pastor Marx Stolz it says: «… Affoltern housed almost five hundred inhabitants in 1634, Zwillikon 68 and the hamlets Loo, Fehrenbach and Loch together 34. Including 5 Anabaptists and their families, the parish now has 620 living souls 120 households ». The fact that the Anabaptists are mentioned separately and at the end indicates that they also had a difficult time in Affoltern. In 1645, the existing church was enlarged and converted into a baroque church due to the increasing population . Affoltern got the first modern hall church in the canton of Zurich.

Modern times

In the years 1628/1629 and 1667/1668 plague epidemics raged . Over 200 people died in Affoltern, a third of the population, including Pastor Scheller with seven children. In addition to the epidemics, there were famines, which decimated the population. A wave of emigration followed between 1648 and 1729 , which until 1750 led many people to Pennsylvania , Carolina and the German Empire , which was depopulated by the Thirty Years' War . In 1750 10 percent of the population had moved away.

In agriculture, the three-field economy was maintained until the end of the 18th century. In 1786 there were still a dozen full farmers in Affoltern. Cotton spinning and weaving in the publishing system formed an important part-time source of income from 1700 onwards. For a quarter of the population this was the only source of income. Around 1800 textile workers suffered from the political chaos caused by Napoleon's campaigns in Europe. After the defeat of the rebels in the buck war of 1804, among others, court president Jakob Schneebeli was executed as their leader. As a sign of rehabilitation , a martyr's memorial has been standing on Bahnhofplatz since 1876. After Napoleon's fall in 1815, soaring prices for food resulted in famine and high death rates.

In 1829 the new road was completed. The Affoltern district was formed in 1837 and, in territorial terms, coincides with its predecessor, the Knonau District Office . In 1837 the Cantonal Council assured the Affoltern am Albis local council in writing that the district capital would be relocated from Knonau to the center of the district, i.e. to Affoltern am Albis.

With the arrival of the machine industry, weaving mills and spinning mills emerged, which created jobs for many Affoltem citizens. The Anzeiger from the Affoltern district has been published since 1847. A cotton spinning mill in Zwillikon and the Näf silk weaving mill , like most of the businesses in the early days, ceased, only the cider cooperative established in 1912 (today Ova-Produkte AG) continued to flourish. The Kneipp health resort Affoltern am Albis, established in 1890 by Pastor Johann Jakob Egli from Bonstetten , has ceased to exist around 1940. With the old casino hall built in 1899 and now demolished, a witness from the time around 1900 disappeared, when Affoltern made history as the nationwide leading Kneipp spa for almost 20 years and the casino was used to build the spa guests. Only the listed head building was preserved and is being renovated.

20th century until today

The first street lighting was put into operation in 1874. It consisted of 17 oil lanterns that were only lit by the lanternier at dusk during the winter months and extinguished again at half past nine . In 1902, after a gas factory was built in Obfelden , 50 gas lanterns replaced the old lighting. Electrification took off in 1916.

The Catholic church from 1892 was blown up in 1981 and replaced in 1983 by today's parish church of St. Joseph . In the years 1880 to 1900 there was a surge in development. Many businesses such as a silk weaving mill, a textile factory and a food factory were established. Today they have disappeared again, as has the fruit processing cooperative. In addition to traditional companies, new companies and shops have set up shop. Affoltern is the seat of various public institutions and services that complement each other and offer a social security network.

The supply situation became critical as a result of the First World War , as imports were severely restricted and food rationing did not work until 1917. In the Gazette published Views for drying and preserving fruits and vegetables, to collect linden flowers and carrying nuts .

Collection center of the Swiss National Museum

After the cantonal armories were built in 1938, Affoltern became a mobilization area . In 1986, the new armory extensions covered the increased space requirements for the military. In 1995, with the army reform , the federal government released the buildings in Affoltern for new use. The Swiss National Museum housed cultural goods in the old armories. After structural adjustments, the collection center with repair workshops is being built in the newer buildings.

Half of the land is used for agriculture. In 1990 just under 3 percent of jobs were in the 1st sector; In 1940 this was 13 percent. Industries such as the graphic trade, precision mechanics, chemistry, computer systems and construction accessories offer jobs, especially in the industrial area southwest of Affoltern. In 1990, of the more than 4,000 employed people in Affoltern am Albis, 49 percent were inbound and 57 percent outbound.

In 1990 Affoltern celebrated its 800th anniversary with a three-day festival. A festival and a large parade brought the history of past centuries to life again. The community dedicated a fountain to Jakob Dubs , which was designed by Dieter Brönnimann.

In 1995, after years of resistance and on a redimensioned basis, the Migros Center with shops and apartment blocks was opened and in 1996, after almost 25 years of back and forth, the Protected Operation Center (GOPS) was opened. It had cost around 10 million Swiss francs and was built primarily to protect against military events. In 2005 the GOPS was converted into a storage room for patient documents, x-rays , medical products and furniture.

Between 1998 and 2000 the Coopark, Jumbo and Manor development with DIY and specialist stores was built in the Lindenmoos area. In the years 2003 to 2004 the municipality of Affoltern am Albis planned a new construction of the parish hall with hall, as the old parish hall was too small and some departments were housed in rented apartments. In 2005, due to frequent floods, the Jonenbach flood retention basin was built directly above the village . It was put into operation two years later. On November 25, 2007, the population approved the establishment of a meeting zone on Obere Bahnhofsstrasse.

coat of arms

Affoltern am Albis-blazon.svg
Blazon : « Split, left in gold a green apple branch with three red fruits, right in silver and black box. »
Justification of the coat of arms: The history of the coat of arms goes back to the 14th century. A community coat of arms commission, which was set up, proposed the coat of arms of those of Affoltern as the coat of arms for the community. That coat of arms was first mentioned in 1493 in Gerold Edlibach's book of arms; This coat of arms can also be found on the map "Von dem Zürichgau" by J. Murers from 1566. In its original form, the branch shown did not bear any fruit, but based on historical sources, the above-mentioned commission interpreted it as an apple branch. The current appearance was successfully introduced as a proposal to the municipal council on November 27, 1929. An attempt was made around 1837 to establish an apple tree on a blue and from the cross root on a green ground as a community symbol for the community of Affoltern. In that year Affoltern became the capital of the Affoltern district. According to Edlisbach's chronicle, the tree was a badge of the lower Freiamt, to which the community belonged at that time, as early as the 15th century. However, since the apple tree was already the emblem of the Emmental-based gentlemen von Affoltern, the Coat of Arms Commission decided against such a variant. The apple tree can be found today on official stamps, club flags and on a glass wall in the Reformed Church.


12,146 people live in Affoltern (as of 2017). 27.6% of the residents registered in Affoltern do not have a Swiss passport. In 2010, 15.3% of the population were younger than 15 years and 6.4% of the population were between 15 and 19 years of age. 63.2% of the population are between 20 and 64 years old. 15.2% of the population were older than 64 years.

In the period after the Second World War, there was a strong increase. Within 30 years the population grew from 3,053 inhabitants to 7,363 inhabitants.

Population development
year Residents
1736 1060
1850 1855
1910 3084
1941 3053
1970 7363
1990 9461
2005 10133
2007 10374
2008 10631


According to the 2000 census, 77.7 percent of the population use the official and lingua franca of German, which is spoken predominantly as Zurich German in everyday life .

Religions, denominations

Affoltern has traditionally been Protestant since the Reformation. Today the Evangelical Reformed form the largest religious group with 32.7%, followed by followers of the Roman Catholic Church with 29.5%.

In addition, there are a large number of free church congregations and smaller religious communities in Affoltern. There are meeting places of the following communities: Chrischona Congregation , Evangelical Methodist Church , New Apostolic Church , Evangelical Anabaptist Congregation , Free Evangelical Congregation , Free Missionary Congregation, Salvation Army , Pentecostal Church Affoltern am Albis and various free congregations.

The Islamic community recorded strong growth in Affoltern: The number of Muslims rose to 7.6 percent. That is why there is a small backyard mosque in the industrial area of ​​Affoltern . More and more people in Affoltern describe themselves as non-denominational; the share of those with no religious affiliation (10 percent) and those without a denomination (3.9 percent) was 13.9 percent in 2000.


In 2010, according to the Statistical Office of the Canton of Zurich, 239 people were registered as unemployed in Affoltern. This corresponds to an unemployment rate of 4.1%. The proportion of women in Affoltern was 50.5% in 2007.


National Council elections share (2019)
Political party Percent [%]
SVP 30.3
SP 14.7
FDP 13.4
glp 12.7
GREEN 12.6
EPP 6.6
CVP 4.5
BDP 2.0
EDU 1.3
AL 0.6

The assembly of those entitled to vote, the municipal assembly , exercises legislative power. The executing authority is the seven-member city ​​council :

  • Clemens Grötsch (independent), mayor
  • Martin Gallusser ( SP )
  • Claudia Spörri ( SVP )
  • Eliane Studer Kilchenmann (independent)
  • Susanne Leuenberger ( SVP )
  • Meier Markus ( FDP )
  • Markus Gasser ( EPP )


Around 4800 people are employed in 127 industrial and commercial companies and 445 service companies. With over 480 people, the district hospital is the largest employer.


The "Rex" peeler has been manufactured by Zena AG in Affoltern since 1974 . Swiss Post included the peeler as a motif for the 15 centimes stamp in its 2004 series on the theme of “Swiss design classics”.

The first textile factory in the Affoltern district went into operation in 1827. It was crazy . In 1846 the Näf silk weaving mill went into operation. The fruit processing company OVA was founded in 1912 . In autumn the farmers brought large quantities of fruit, from which fruit juices of all kinds were made. In 2000 the area had to be closed for financial reasons. Around 60 jobs were lost as a result. The building and the area of ​​the OVA are now used for different purposes. Today there is a skate park on the OVA area.

District heating network

Since 1993, the municipality has a district heating network that originates from an Heizgenossenschaft fed Affoltern am Albis HGA. The wood chips come from the municipality's own forest. The wood chip heating delivered 15 million kWh in 2003/04 . District heating supplies over 100 properties and numerous public buildings.


The first loans were granted from the 13th century, including a. from church institutions and from wealthy merchants and traders. For example, from the Rifferswil church property in 1551. On July 1, the GGA opened the district savings fund. The minimum deposit was 1 guilder and 10 shillings. In 1850 that was 3.18 francs. The average hourly wage for a spinner at the time was 8 cents, and for a pound of bread he worked two hours.

With the new banking law, the Zürcher Kantonalbank was founded in 1869 . She opened her second branch in Affoltern in 1871.


Public transport

Affoltern am Albis train station
The train station and bus station

The Zurich – Zug railway , also known as the Aemtler line , was opened on June 1, 1864 by the Zurich-Zug-Lucerne railway . The farming village was connected to Zurich and Zug for the first time . In 1880 the Gotthard tunnel was broken through and the Aemtler line rose to become the first-rate line. Each community was a credit of 339'500  francs granted for the construction of the railway line. Affoltern was on the Munich - Zurich - Milan connection for 15 years , until in 1897 the new line from Thalwil via the Sihltal let the Aemtler line sink back to regional importance. On October 15, 1932, the steam locomotives were shut down because they were no longer required on the route. The line was electrified with 15  kV 16.7  Hz .

In 1873 a narrow-gauge railway line from Muri via Affoltern to Unterägeri was planned. This route was not built due to the high costs (around 35,000 francs per kilometer).

Affoltern am Albis station is served by the S 5 Zug - Affoltern a. A. - Zurich HB - Uster - Pfäffikon SZ and S 14 Affoltern a. A. - Altstetten - Zurich HB - Oerlikon - Wallisellen - Hinwil served by the Zurich S-Bahn , which allow a "rounded" quarter-hourly service. In addition, the * SN5 Knonau - Zurich HB - Uster - Pfäffikon SZ runs during the weekend nights .

From Affoltern a. A., there are several post bus lines operating at the station:

200 Affoltern a. A. - Hedingen - Bonstetten - Wettswil - Zurich Enge

212 Affoltern a. A. - Obfelden - Ottenbach

214 Affoltern a. A. - Zwillikon - Ottenbach

215 Affoltern a. A. - Bickwil - Ottenbach - Jonen - Oberlunkhofen - Arni AG - Aesch ZH - Birmensdorf ZH - Zurich Wiedikon

217 Affoltern a. A. - Obfelden - Merenschwand - Muri AG (operated by A-Welle)

223 Affoltern a. A. - Mettmenstetten - Rifferswil - Hausen am Albis

225 Affoltern a. A. - Müliberg - Aeugst am Albis

Private transport

The Affoltern exit and the Knonauer Amt service area

In 1829 the Affoltern district received the first continuous road connection from Zurich via Affoltern am Albis to Zug. The main road 382 - called Zürichstrasse - runs through Affoltern am Albis from Zurich to Cham . The Zurich West traffic triangle, which was built in 1996, relieved Affoltern am Albis of through traffic from Zug / Gotthard / Lucerne to Zurich. The rolling traffic from Mettmenstetten has its own approach to the Affoltern driveway and the residents of Hedingen and Bonstetten use the Wettswil driveway. The Affoltern am Albis connection, which is located in the southwestern part of the village, connects the national road with the local road network. With the motorway connection, Zurich can be reached in around 15 minutes through the Üetlibergtunnel. The Affoltern motorway junction and the motorway service station on the A4 motorway were opened on November 13, 2009 .



In 1902 an asylum for 30 patients was opened. It was looked after by four nurses and a doctor. In 1930, a new building for 70 patients was expanded with the help of donations. In 1958 a special purpose association was founded. All 14 municipalities undertook to cover the deficits with tax revenues. 14 years later a home for the chronically ill was opened. In the 1980s, the cantonal health department wanted the birthing department to be closed. This failed because of popular resistance. The Sonnenberg nursing home was built six years later and the government council approved further expansion plans. In 1992, art and expression-oriented psychotherapy was opened. Twelve years later a psychiatric center was opened, which also had facilities for children and parents. A bed pavilion for those with additional insurance was opened in 2006.

In the years 1996 to 2003, organized by the community of volunteers ensured Gemeindeordnung service with nightly patrols for reassurance. The municipal police, which are responsible for the municipal areas of Affoltern, Bonstetten, Hausen am Albis, Hedingen, Mettmenstetten and Obfelden, have been in action since the end of 2003. The district building in Affoltern houses the canton police station, the district administration and the district prison. The base fire brigade consists of around 80 people, who are divided into two fire engines. The base company must move out in all major emergencies in the Affoltern district.


The regional newspaper Anzeiger from the Affoltern district is non-party. The newspaper focuses on regional and local issues. The circulation is at least twice as high as with a subscription solution, since the costs are covered 100 percent by the municipalities. The newspaper has been published by Weiss Medien AG in Affoltern since 1847 . The newspaper , which appears on Tuesday and Friday, is read by over 28,000 people. The sheet is produced in Affoltern, and it is printed in Aarau. Weiss Medien AG has been a subsidiary of AZ Medien AG since 1999.


In 1638 school was held for the first time in a farmhouse parlor. Around 1670 a school building was built next to the beneficiary house, which was replaced by a new building in 1817. From 1826 on, the older children went to the official school in Mettmenstetten . In 1855 another secondary school was founded in Hedingen . After a new primary school was built in Chilefeld in 1879, the first secondary school was built there in 1899 and opened on April 22, 1900. Today the Chilefeld primary school is housed there.

The school community of Zwillikon was merged with that of Affoltern am Albis in 1926 and the Zwilliker and Aeugster pupils have since attended secondary school in Affoltern. The upper school has stood for Affoltern and Aeugst am Albis in Ennetgraben since 1971 . In the primary school area, the Butzen schoolhouse with a civil defense system was rebuilt in 1966, the new schoolhouse in Zwillikon followed in 1975 and the Semper schoolhouse opened in the 1991/1992 school year. The next canton school is in Urdorf .


There are a large number of associations and clubs in Affoltern. FC Affoltern am Albis is one of the largest . The football club was founded in 1935 and plays in the 2nd division in 2011/2012 . There are numerous public and private sports and leisure facilities. Sports can be practiced at the Moos leisure center and the Vita Parcours . There is an indoor tennis center and several tennis courts, as well as a miniature golf course and a golf course. There are sports fields at the secondary school and primary school buildings. The Stigeli outdoor pool is open during the summer months, it has a swimming pool, a spring pool and two children's pools.

The so-called Chlauslauf takes place annually, in which people of different ages take part. It takes place during the Chlausmarkt. In 2003 the Duathlon World Championship took place in Affoltern. The Tour de Suisse 1987 and 1993 started in Affoltern.

Culture and sights


The court house with the mural Justitia
The casino

The main attraction is the baroque reformed church . Its predecessor was first mentioned in a document in 1213. The first floor plans were discovered during the church renovation in 1975. Today's church is located near the center of Oberdorf. It has been expanded and rebuilt several times.

The courtroom and the old meetinghouse are important. The District Court House was built in 1839 by the Dubs family. Until 1876, members of the family are mentioned as owners of the district court house. In 1876 the building came into the possession of the municipality of Affoltern am Albis and is located on Kronenplatz, next to the Jakob-Dubs-Brunnen. The mural Justitia by Paul Fischer is on the north wall of the courthouse .

In the old town hall 83 years school was held. In the second half of the 20th century, planning was carried out in the community and the buildings, village images and art monuments worthy of protection were inventoried within this framework. Particularly modern buildings are the old people's home, which was built in 1970, and the cemetery chapel, which was opened in 1981.

There is only one museum in Affoltern am Albis, and this is not in the village itself, but in Zwillikon . The village museum of Affoltern am Albis and Zwillikon is located in a former military shelter and primarily shows the history of both places. The oldest representation in the museum is a document from 1190.

There was a small cinema in Affoltern am Albis until 1987. Two years after the Löwen cinema was closed, the “Kinofoyers Lux” was founded in the Ennetgraben Aula. The first film was shown on September 26, 1989. Today the “Kinofoyers Lux” organizes around 20 screenings per year.

Lilienberg and Lilienhof

The theologian and doctor Johann Jakob Egli built the Kurhaus and Kneippanstalt zur Arche (today Restaurant-Hotel Arche) and ran it from 1890. Since the house was soon too small, the two castle-like spa houses Lilienberg and Lilienhof were opened. After Egli's death in 1905, the patients stayed away; the Lilienberg was closed in 1914 and bought by the city of Zurich. It was an urban retirement home until 1986 and has been a transit center for asylum seekers ever since. The Lilienhof changed its purpose several times and is now a rehabilitation center for children and young people.

Collection center of the Swiss National Museum

The collection center of the Swiss National Museum , whose collection is classified as a cultural asset of national importance , is located in Affoltern . The collection, in which over 800,000 objects are inventoried, restored and stored, is housed in the former armory, which was rebuilt in 2007 by Stücheli Architects . The three lines of the former military complex were combined into one unit by means of a Corten facade , which arouses associations with barcode-like shapes and thus emphasizes the identification and storage of the objects. In addition to the actual object center, there are studios and laboratories for the conservators and a service center with rooms for registration, lending and photographic documentation.



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Web links

Commons : Affoltern am Albis  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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