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Coat of arms of Albisrieden
Coat of arms of Zurich
district of Zurich
Map of Albisrieden
Coordinates 679.05 thousand  /  247700 coordinates: 47 ° 22 '31 "  N , 8 ° 29' 7"  O ; CH1903:  679.05 thousand  /  247700
height 429  m
surface 4.60 km²
Residents 22,113 (December 31, 2017)
Population density 4807 inhabitants / km²
BFS no. 261-091
Post Code 8047
Urban district District 9 since 1934

Albisrieden is a district of the city of Zurich . The formerly independent municipality Albisrieden was incorporated in 1934 and is today along with Altstetten the Kreis 9 .

Albisrieden lies at the foot of the Uetliberg and had 22,113 inhabitants in 2017.

Despite the incorporation, the quarter has been able to retain its original character in the former town center. In the 1950s in particular, Albisrieden grew strongly due to enormous construction activity, but the population has also increased more recently than in other quarters of the city of Zurich, because old industrial buildings are being replaced by residential buildings.

coat of arms


A golden paw cross in blue

The paw cross expresses the historical ties with the Grossmünster Abbey . The jurisdiction of Albisrieden was under the monastery until 1526.


View of Albisrieden from the south, with the Zürichberg in the background

The first settlement was a Roman estate, which was later abandoned. Since the 9th century the settlement was owned by the great minster. In the Vogtlists from 1508 to 1512 the place appears as part of the Reichsvogtei Zurich . It was a basic rule of the provost Zurich, the plate image is accepted as a coat of arms. Zurich subordinated Albisrieden to the Upper Bailiwick of Wiedikon . After the upheaval of 1798 Albisrieden was assigned to the Zurich district, in 1803 to the Horgen district , then to the Oberamt and, from 1831, to the Zurich district .

In the past, the place was just called Rieden, as Rieden am Albis , to distinguish it from the villages of the same name near Wallisellen and Oberrieden .

The municipality within the Zurich district before the merger in 1933

In terms of church, the place was the only one on the left side of the Limmat under the pastoral care of the priests of the provost. Albisrieden already had its own chapel in 1270. The Grossmünster elected and paid the pastor until 1831 the collature passed to the community. Albisrieden was only raised to an independent parish by the government council resolution of July 18, 1866. The parish owned a considerable church property, from which it could support the poor during the famine years of 1771 and 1772 without government subsidies. Albisrieden was also not spared from military campaigns. The village was touched by the old Zurich War in 1443. But the Confederates moved from Hedingen via Albisrieden towards Zurich. In 1799 Albisrieden suffered under the occupation by the French.

The rapidly progressing development of the industrial colony adjoining the old rural Albisrieden gave rise to efforts in the 20th century to incorporate the community into the city of Zurich. The incorporation took place in 1934.

Aerial photograph by Walter Mittelholzer (1934)


Old church Albisrieden
St. Konrad Church

There are three churches in Albisrieden:

The Evangelical Reformed Church has two churches in Albisrieden:

  • The Old Church Albisrieden, built in the years 1816–1818, characterizes the historic village center and was built according to plans by the architect Hans Conrad Stadler (1788–1846). In 2011 it was renovated.
  • The New Church Albisrieden , built between 1949 and 1951, is around 800 meters from the Old Church in the middle of the quarter. It was built by the architect Hans Martin von Meyenburg (1915–1995).

The Roman Catholic Church is represented in Albisrieden with the parish of St. Konrad:

Industry and commerce

A number of small businesses are located in Albisrieden, as are industrial and service companies. Siemens Schweiz AG and Zürcher Freilager AG should certainly be mentioned .

sport and freetime

Sports facilities:


  • District center Bachwiesen
  • Hasenrain shooting club

Clubs and neighborhood life

A wide variety of associations are active in Albisrieden that help shape life. Many people in the quarter still have a very pronounced feeling of being more Albisrieder than Zurich. Certainly part of this thinking is the fact that people talk about Albisrieden about the village , but if you say city , then the city center of Zurich is meant, especially urban district 1 , and in part also urban districts 4 and  5 .


Albisrieden is administratively affiliated with the City of Zurich. The organization of the fire brigade is also affected. In 1985 the compulsory fire brigade companies Altstetten and Albisrieden merged to form Company 31. 1991 the fire brigade was abolished.

Due to the structural changes in the city, such as the density of road traffic or an increase in the number of inhabitants, the structures of the militia fire brigade of the city of Zurich were restructured in summer 2009. The tour has been adapted to the current situation and the new territorial division. In other words, the Höngg and Wipkingen quarters were added to Altstetten and Albisrieden. As a result of this amalgamation, Company 31 was formed into Company Limmattal. With this merger, a meaningful and targeted reorganization has been created, with which the efficiency of the units is strengthened, contemporary, simplified structures are created and in which the units can be deployed as required for the operational needs of Protection & Rescue.

District 9, i.e. Altstetten and Albisrieden together, are looked after by the police station in Altstetten. There is also a district office only for both quarters together, where the registration office, debt enforcement office and other services are housed. The premises of the district office are also in Altstetten.

There are also two Jewish cemeteries on Schützenrain in Albisrieden. The Agudas Achim cemetery opened in 1913 for the Orthodox Jewish synagogue of the same name, Agudas Achim, can be reached via Goldackerweg, while the Or Chadasch cemetery, opened in 1982 for the liberal Jewish community of the same name, can be reached via Schützenrain. The Agudas Achim cemetery has graves facing east, covered with gravel and framed with low straps, while the Or Chadasch cemetery is designed as a forest cemetery, the graves of which are covered with lawn and point down the valley.

The members of the Reformed parish in Albisrieden were able to be buried in the old church in Albisrieden until 1839. In that year a new cemetery was opened on Triemlistrasse, not far from the area previously used, which was then closed in 1927, i.e. before the incorporation. The Albisrieden cemetery on Untermoosstrasse has been in use since 1902, and has remained a small community cemetery even after the expansion in 1939. The Albisrieden cemetery is so popular with the neighborhood population that it prevented its abolition in 2004.


Albisrieden has several elementary and high school units: Altweg, In der Ey, Letzi, Triemli , Utogrund. Here, too, Albisrieden and Altstetten form the Letzi school district within the city of Zurich. There are no further educational offers such as grammar schools in Albisrieden, the grammar school students as well as students from Albisrieden use the offers of the canton schools, universities and technical colleges in the city of Zurich.


The Albisrieden mill was mentioned as early as 1230. The mill wheel is still in use. The often rebuilt and expanded chapel from 1270 was replaced in 1818 by the newly built church by architect Hans Conrad Stadler. The Rapsölttrotte was owned by the Great Minster until the middle of the 18th century. In 1874 the trotters were removed. The color wood mill started operations in 1861 . She is a witness of the industrialization of Albisrieden. In 1888 the factory owner's house in the brick style was added to the factory buildings of that time.

In Albisrieden old farmhouses in multi-row frame construction, which were built around 1540, are still preserved:



  • Building Department of the City of Zurich, Office for Urban Development: Wiedikon, Albisrieden, Altstetten . Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung , Zurich 2005 (Baukultur in Zurich, Volume IV), ISBN 3-03823-153-3
  • Presidential Department of the City of Zurich, Statistics City of Zurich: Quartierspiegel Albisrieden . Zurich 2015 ( read online )

Web links

Commons : Albisrieden  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Population by city quarter, since 1970. In: City of Zurich: Open Data. March 17, 2019, accessed November 2, 2019 .
  2. See the following: Robert Schönbächler: Churches and places of worship in the city of Zurich. New Year's Gazette Industriequartier / Aussersihl. Zurich 2013, pp. 94–96
  3. Weltwoche No. 16, 2015: Hearing aid pioneer Paul Bommer. The market leader of yore has become a market critic: hearing aid pioneer Paul Bommer sold his group of companies "Rexton" for a tip. Today it is worth 2.2 billion euros.