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Coat of arms of Dübendorf
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Uster
BFS no. : 0191i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8600 Dübendorf
8044 Gockhausen
Coordinates : 689 139  /  250394 coordinates: 47 ° 23 '54 "  N , 8 ° 37' 10"  O ; CH1903:  six hundred and eighty-nine thousand one hundred thirty-nine  /  250394
Height : 440  m above sea level M.
Height range : 426–654 m above sea level M.
Area : 13.62  km²
Residents: i28,678 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 2106 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
35.3% (December 31, 2018)
City President : André Ingold ( SVP )
Website: www.duebendorf.ch
Location of the municipality
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Dübendorf is a town in the Uster district of the canton of Zurich in Switzerland . With the growth of the Zurich metropolitan area, it became an urban settlement and is now called a city . The community includes the districts of Dübendorf , Gfenn , Hermikon and Stettbach in the upper Glattal as well as the Aussenwachten Gockhausen , Geeren and Dübelstein on the northern slope of the Adlisberg .


The city of Dübendorf is located at an altitude of 440  m above sea level. M. and is part of the Zurich metropolitan region. It is located on the Glatt , eight kilometers east of the city center of Zurich , which is separated from the Glattal by the Adlisberg . The direct transition is at 606  m above sea level. M.

Dübendorf borders the city of Zurich in the west, Wallisellen and Dietlikon in the north, Wangen-Brüttisellen in the northeast and Volketswil , Schwerzenbach and Fällanden in the southeast .

  • Area in hectares : 1,362
    • of which agriculture: 33.3%
    • of which forest: 20.6%
    • of which transport: 12.1%
    • of which settlements: 32.7%
  • Building zones : total 543.6 ha
    • of which overbuilt: 500.1 ha
    • of which not built over: 43.5 ha


Dübendorf, historical aerial photo from 1923, taken from a height of 500 meters by Walter Mittelholzer

Early history

The oldest finds from the municipality of Dübendorf date back to prehistoric times. In addition to individual finds from the Stone and Bronze Ages , tombs are also known. All of them come from destroyed graves, of which only the graves are evidence of today. They date from around 1400 and 700 BC. Chr.

The earliest settlement findings from Dübendorf are from the area of ​​the Reformed Church. Archaeological excavations have shown that there was a Roman settlement, probably an estate , at this point . A continuous settlement of the place can only be proven from the 6th century, however, again on the basis of grave finds. The name Dübendorf probably refers to the Latin word «curtis» (Hofstatt, fortified farmyard) and indicates that there is a settlement here that was inhabited by a socially high-ranking clan.

There were already settlements on the Glatt in the early Middle Ages . In the year 858 Hermikon is mentioned as the first settlement in written sources, in 946 Dübendorf is first documented as "Tuobilindorf". The village and church were probably owned by the Reichenau monastery on Lake Constance as early as the 8th century , which was the most important landowner in Dübendorf for a long time and also exercised jurisdiction . In the municipality of Dübendorf there is a now forgotten castle site , which was probably built in the 10th / 11th. “Schyterburg” was built in the 19th century and controlled the important route from “ Klösterli ” at Zurich Zoo to the Glattal .

Lazarite Church

The Lazariterkirche built in the 13th century in the Gfenn district

A landmark of national importance is in Gfenn , the Lazariterkirche Gfenn , a church from the 13th century. The Lazariterkirche once belonged to a monastery of the Lazarus order , the lay brothers a leprosarium led (Aussätzigenspital). The city had it carefully restored and since 1967 it has served as a parity church . It is also used for weddings and concerts. Next to the church is a group of houses that were built in 1828 on the foundations of the burnt down convent house of the monastery. Two of these parts of the house were restored by the city in 1988. The “monastery room” and the rediscovered Romanesque cellar now serve as neat public spaces.

Former Church of St. Maria in Wil

When Dübendorf was mentioned in 946, the church of St. Maria in Wil already existed ; it was only attested in 1272. The collatures and tithes belonged to the Reichenau Abbey . Johann von Tengen , resident in Eglisau , owned the farm and church set as a fief , pledged it in 1371 to the knight Gottfried Mülner , Vogt in Zurich, and again in 1379. Mülner's daughter Anna, widow of Rüdiger Manesse , gave it to her and her sister Verena von Schellenberg in 1395 inheritance fell to the Johanniterhaus Küsnacht and was incorporated in 1414. In 1478, the Komtur and Konvent von Küsnacht exchanged the parish church, Widum and Kollatur in Dübendorf for the parish church Egg with the Augustinian canons of St. Martin on the Zürichberg . As early as 1487, the latter sold all of its rights in Dübendorf to Hans Waldmann auf Dübelstein, from whom it came with all of its assets to the city of Zurich when it was deposed.

A first church building is early medieval, in Carolingian times, according to excavations around 700. The second, high medieval building was probably built around 1000 in the Romanesque style. After the fire of 1443 by the Confederates, the third, Gothic church building will have been built. In the years 1833/1834 the church was enlarged, demolished in 1968 and replaced by today's reformed church in Wil.

Dübelstein Castle

The oldest representation of the Waldmannsburg in Gerold Edlibach's coat of arms from 1489

Around the middle of the 13th Century was on the slope Adlisbergs the castle Dübelstein built. Knight Conrad von Dübelstein was the first lord of the castle, and from then on the lords who were citizens of Zurich also named themselves after this castle. In 1487, the famous mayor of Zurich, Hans Waldmann , acquired the castle and bailiwick after he had already bought the patronage rights over the church and tithe . After Waldmann's execution in 1489, all of his possessions fell to the city of Zurich. In 1615, the Dübelstein Castle went up in flames. The listed , publicly accessible hill of ruins with the remains of the foundations excavated and restored in 1942/43 was sold to the Pro Waldmannsburg association in 1998 for the symbolic price of one franc.

Urban development

Archaeological finds from the Younger Stone Age and the Bronze Age as well as a Roman traffic route from Stettbach via Wil and Hermikon to Uster suggest that Dübendorf was settled in prehistoric times. Despite this early onset of living culture, the community has remained a poor farming village for centuries. Its inhabitants struggled with the sharp increase in population in the 17th and 18th centuries, the fragmentation of their property and extremely precarious housing conditions. Especially during the coalition wars, the population suffered heavily from the occupation of the village by the French, which resulted in forced billeting and acts of war.

The economic upturn began in the first half of the 19th century with the establishment of several spinning mills on the Glatt. The opening of the Zurich – Uster railway line in 1856 and the correction of the Glattlauf in the years 1850 to 1895, which successfully held back the floods in the spring and converted the former marshland into useful agricultural land and construction area, were particularly significant for economic development .

Dübendorf train station, bus stop and former "Bahnhof Bahnhof" restaurant


Bahnhofstrasse, view from the train station to the city center

The upswing became unstoppable in 1910 with the construction of the first Swiss airfield on the drained reed between Dübendorf and Wangen, which opened on October 8, 1910. Since then, Dübendorf has been known far beyond the country's borders as the actual birthplace of Swiss civil and military aviation. Dübendorf housed Swissair until 1948, when Zurich Airport in Kloten went into operation . During this time, numerous well-known aviation pioneers made history. Since then, the largest and most important military airfield in Switzerland has been operated in Dübendorf . The F / A-18 Hornets stationed in Dübendorf are now in operation in Meiringen . As an arsenal, Dübendorf also houses an air force , intelligence and transmission recruit school.

After 1950, Dübendorf was also hit by stormy building activity in the Zurich agglomeration. In 1952 the Catholic parish church was consecrated to Maria Frieden . The population doubled rapidly from 1957 to 1970 from 10,000 to 20,000 inhabitants. Politically, the municipality has been a city since 1974.

Urban development has been quieter since the 1970s. The population stagnated at around 20,000 for around 25 years and reached 20,872 in 1995. An important milestone was the inauguration of the Stettbach station in 1990, which opened up Dübendorf with a second station and included it in the Zurich S-Bahn network.

After the opening of the Stettbach train station, the city of Dübendorf experienced its first further growth spurt from around 1996-2005. Among other things, the new town house in Dübendorf but also, for example, the Helsana building in Dübendorf were built.

The strongest building boom since the 1950s has been taking place in Dübendorf since 2006. The population rose to over 28,000 within a short period of time. As can be seen from the city of Dübendorf's annual report, high construction sums are still being invested in the city of Dübendorf. There is currently no end in sight to the population growth. It can be assumed that Dübendorf will soon have over 30,000 inhabitants.

Stettbach station, view of the Jabee Tower and construction sites in Dübendorf

The area near the Stettbach train station, the Hochbord, remains a central development focus for the city of Dübendorf. In the immediate vicinity of the Stettbach train station, an event hall, the Samsung Hall , was opened in 2017 . In 2019 the tallest residential building in Switzerland, the Jabee Tower, was completed. Further high-rise buildings have been built or are already being planned. The Lycée francais Marie Curie de Zurich , which moved into a new building there in 2016 , is also located in the Hochbord area .

Further development focuses are on the Dübendorf airfield, where the Zurich Innovation Park is to be built as part of the Swiss Innovation Park. A development with several apartment buildings and the Giessen Tower , another high-rise that can be seen from afar, is being built on the Giessen area .

coat of arms


Divided by blue with a growing golden unicorn and divided five times by silver and red

The coat of arms, approved by the local council on June 7, 1926, corresponds to that of the former Obervogtei Dübendorf. However, it does not go back to the coat of arms of the knightly lords of Dübelstein, but to the von Dübendorf family, which is perhaps connected with the Mieres of Dübendorf. On their seal from 1292 the coat of arms is divided and shows half a unicorn at the top and two stakes at the bottom. In later coats of arms depictions the unicorn appears golden on a silver or, more correctly, blue background. The silver posts on the lower half of the shield lie on a red background. Instead of being covered with stakes, the lower half is split three times in the later coats of arms, and even five to six times in the Obervogtei coat of arms. The coat of arms indicates the liege lords of the Dübendorf family: the unicorn indicates the barons of Tengen , the lower half of the coat of arms to the barons of Regensberg .


Population development
year 1467 1634 1710 1850 1900 1950 1970 1980 1990
Residents 225 553 1031 2018 2544 6750 19,639 20,683 21,106
year 2000 2002 2005 2007 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Residents 22'216 22,541 22,707 23,176 24,068 24,882 25,124 25,299 25,801
year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Residents 26,109 26,587 27,354 27,800 28,390 29'228


On December 31, 2019, 27.4% of the population belonged to the Catholic Church and 21.6% to the Evangelical Reformed Church .

The reformed church is in the district of Wil, the reformed parish hall with the belfry of the old church is in the city center. Also in the center of Dübendorf is the Catholic church Maria Frieden , whose striking tower can be seen from afar.

In Dübendorf, in addition to the regional churches, there is also the Methodist Church , the Chrischona Parish , the Midnight Call, the smoothal.church ( SPM ) and the ICF ( International Christian Fellowship ).

Economy and research

Dübendorf is home to the two national research institutes EMPA and Eawag . It is also the location of the Dübendorf military airfield , which is also a Rega base and the home airport of Ju-Air and has been the location of the Skyguide Air Navigation Center since 2008 .

The major companies based in Dübendorf include the Helsana health insurance company , the watch manufacturer Mobatime , Minimax AG , the SV Group and the World Vision Switzerland aid organization .


The city ​​center of Zurich can be reached in around 8 minutes from the north-western municipal boundary , the Stettbach S-Bahn station . From the Dübendorf train station it is 10 minutes or 14 minutes when traveling via Oerlikon , Zurich's northern sub-center. This route takes longer with a private car.

Degree of accessibility by public transport (percentage of the population):

An original road plan provided for a closed motorway ring around Dübendorf. In the case of Arkadenweg, a parody of these road plans of the Autobahn euphoria was realized when the settlement was built, by creating a piece of "park" that represents a broken street. The current national road N1 runs a few meters north of the municipality border, the cantonal A53 motorway branching off to the south runs less than 500 meters from the border to the municipality of Wangen-Brüttisellen.

In order to promote bicycle traffic , the first PubliBike stations went into operation in 2019 .

freetime and sports

Dübendorf lies on both sides of the Glatt, which also serves as a local recreation area. In the wider area, the flat landscape of Greifensee beckons , and the Zurich Oberland invites you to go on sporty hiking, cycling and inline skating tours.

The sports facilities include the artificial ice rink with ice and curling hall, the mini golf course and the heated outdoor pool (with a 10 m diving platform ). A small indoor swimming pool, tennis and soccer fields and athletics facilities are also available. Authorities and over 140 associations such as the EHC Dübendorf or the Schützenverein Stadtschützen Dübendorf ensure a diverse, independent cultural life.

The Dübendorf shopping center is located in the area of ​​the former “Städtli”, today's city center. All sorts of shops, specialty shops and wholesalers are responsible for a wide and well-maintained range. The Marktgasse exudes an urban ambience, which makes the place a popular meeting place for the people of Dübendorf. The new Dübendorf town hall forms an exciting contrast to this “old” part of town. The inviting and clear building, completed in 1997, is characterized by modern architecture. In front of the town house, a large square with a water feature that is particularly attractive for children contributes its part to the cityscape. The town house was to become a place that creates connections - between old and new, tradition and modernity and - above all - between the residents of Dübendorf, a function that has been and is fulfilled at numerous events.

The municipal children and youth work Dübendorf (KJAD) offers leisure activities for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years with various offers and projects.

Since 2017 there has been an event hall with over 5,000 seats in Dübendorf. This hall, called the Samsung Music Hall , is located near the Stettbach train station. It is suitable for concerts, specialist congresses and other events and gatherings from 50 people due to the modular room design. It is the second largest event hall in the Zurich area (after the Hallenstadion with 13,000 seats).

Culture and sights

Old Stettbach

The Flieger-Flab-Museum is located on the grounds of the Dübendorf military airfield . The collection was founded in 1972 by the Office for Military Airfields and is dedicated to the history of Swiss military aviation and air defense .

The “Obere Mühle” cultural center has existed in a mill building on the Glatt since 1990. It can be rented for smaller occasions, but is also used to organize cultural events.


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A total of 40 seats

The legislature is the local council with 40 seats (see right for seat distribution).

The city ​​council is the executive . City president (head of the executive) is André Ingold from the Swiss People's Party (SVP). The other members of the Dübendorfer executive are (as of 2018): Martin Bäumle , Jürgen Besmer, Susanne Hänni, Hanspeter Schmid, Dominic Müller, Jacqueline Hofer.

In the 2019 National Council elections, the share of the vote in Dübendorf was: SVP 31.2%, glp 17.2%, SP 14.7%, FDP 11.0%, Greens 10.2%, CVP 5.2%, BDP 4.0 %, EVP 2.9%, EDU 1.3%.


  • Frank Baumann (* 1957), advertising specialist, radio and television presenter, satirist and television producer, lived in Gockhausen
  • Gabriella Baumann-von Arx (* 1961), author and publisher, lived in Gockhausen
  • Martin Bäumle (* 1964), politician, atmospheric scientist, CFO
  • Oskar Bider (1891-1919), aviation pioneer
  • Gabor Bilkei (1944–2015), veterinarian known for deliberately killing his wife
  • Willy Birgel (1891–1973), German actor
  • Jürgen Brodwolf (* 1932), sculptor and object artist
  • Steffi Buchli (* 1978), TV presenter and sports reporter
  • Arnold Ludwig Durrer († 2008), magician - stage name Rinoldi
  • Alex Eugster (* 1937), singer ( Trio Eugster ), music producer and co-founder of Eugster Musikproduktionen AG
  • Georg Gessner (1765–1843), theologian and clergyman
  • Nina Havel (* 1980), TV presenter and actress
  • Anselm Lauber (1920–1995), electrical engineer and pioneer in the field of acoustics and noise abatement
  • Peter von Matt (* 1937), Germanist and writer, lives in Dübendorf
  • Eduard Neuenschwander (1924–2013), architect and environmental designer, with former residence and studio in Gockhausen
  • Enrique Puelma (1914–1991), German-Chilean graphic designer and artist, who formerly lived in Gockhausen and had a studio in Dübendorf
  • Patrick Schöpf (* 1969), ice hockey player
  • Konrad Toenz (1939–2015), radio journalist and television presenter, lived in Gockhausen
  • Martin Wegelin (* 1947), civil engineer (EAWAG)


  • Hans Martin Gubler: Art monuments of Switzerland. Volume 66: The Art Monuments of the Canton of Zurich. Volume 3: The districts of Pfäffikon and Uster. Society for Swiss Art History GSK, Bern 1978, ISBN 3-7643-0991-1 , pp. 542-582.
  • Wilhelm Meyer-Frey: The doctor house in Dübendorf. Hofer and Burger, Zurich 1893.

Web links

Commons : Dübendorf  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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