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Fischenthal coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Hinwilw
BFS no. : 0114i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8496 Steg im Tösstal
8497 Fischenthal
8498 Gibswil
UN / LOCODE : CH STG (bridge)
Coordinates : 712068  /  243462 coordinates: 47 ° 19 '57 "  N , 8 ° 55' 17"  O ; CH1903:  712068  /  243462
Height : 740  m above sea level M.
Height range : 667–1291 m above sea level M.
Area : 30.24  km²
Residents: 2501 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 83 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
14.1% (December 31, 2018)
Mayor : Barbara Dillier
Church in Fischenthal

Church in Fischenthal

Location of the municipality
Pfäffikersee Greifensee Ufenau Lützelau Zürichsee Kanton Schwyz Kanton St. Gallen Kanton Thurgau Bezirk Horgen Bezirk Meilen Bezirk Pfäffikon Bezirk Uster Bezirk Winterthur Bäretswil Bubikon Dürnten Fischenthal Gossau ZH Grüningen ZH Hinwil Rüti ZH Seegräben Wald ZH WetzikonMap of Fischenthal
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Fischenthal is a municipality in the district of Hinwil in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland .

coat of arms


In blue, one above the other, two silver fish swimming in opposite directions
Historical aerial photo from 200 m by Walter Mittelholzer from 1919



The communities of Steg im Tösstal and Gibswil belong to the Fischenthal community . The municipal area covers 30.25 km², making it the largest rural municipality in the canton of Zurich.

The total area of ​​3,025 ha is divided into:

  • 63% forest
  • 32% agriculture
  • 2% settlements
  • 2% traffic

The city of Winterthur is 24 km away and the city ​​of Zurich is 30 km as the crow flies . The highest point in the community is on the Schnebelhorn at 1292  m above sea level. M. , the deepest at Lenzen at 676  m above sea level. M. The neighboring communities of Fischenthal are Mosnang , Eschenbach SG , Wald ZH , Hinwil , Bäretswil and Bauma in a clockwise direction .


The oldest document in which the name Fiskinestal is mentioned dates from 876. At that time, properties in Fischenthal were donated to the St. Gallen monastery . It is believed that an Alemannic settler named Fiskin gave the valley its name. In the 13th century, Fischenthal was incorporated into the Habsburg power . But as early as 1301 the Habsburgs pledged the Fischenthal bailiwick , which changed hands several times until it was ceded to the city ​​of Zurich in 1425 . From 1542 on, Fischenthal was part of the Grüningen rule . In 1798 it was allocated to the Wald district, in 1803 to the Uster district , then to the Grüningen district office and finally in 1831 to the Hinwil district .

The area experienced an upswing during the home industry in the 18th and early 19th centuries. First merit was made by hand spinning , then hand weaving . In place of the earlier poverty, a certain wealth took hold until the mechanical looms in the factories of the lowlands put an end to homework. Many homes were abandoned. The state stepped in to help by purchasing and reforesting land in the headwaters of the Töss . Today the area around the Tössstock is a wildlife sanctuary where chamois can also be found .

The last bear in the Zurich Oberland is said to have been shot on the Hörnli in 1532 . Up until the outbreak of the First World War , a pilgrimage route - the “ Jakobsweg ” - was taken , which led from southern Germany via Fischingen , the Hörnli, along the Jonatal to Rapperswil and Einsiedeln . Pilgrim hostels were the “Zum Steg” inn and the “Zum Hauptmann” inn , formerly in the fistula, later the forerunner of the “Blume”.

Local museum

The local museum "Old Chancellery"

In the local museum “Old Chancellery” the local museum commission collects objects from everyday life, past and present. Writings, pictures, photos, films and the collection of the chronicle are also kept in the archive. Like the neighboring community of Wald, the commission is responsible for the Carnival parades and maintains Albert Knecht's old shoemaker's workshop in the Kleintal turner's shop. Once a year an artist from the region exhibits his works in the museum. The Fischenthal local museum commission was formed in the early 1970s. In 1997 she was able to take over the former municipal council office as a local museum.


On December 31, 2015, 2,425 people lived in the Fischenthal community, 13.3% of them foreigners.

Population development
year Residents
1634 466
1771 1,789
1836 2,814
1850 2,394
1900 2,052
1941 1,694
1950 1,837
1960 1,987
1980 1'605
2000 1,961


St. Gallus Catholic Church

On December 31, 2011, 55.6% of the population belonged to the Evangelical Reformed Church and 18.6% to the Roman Catholic Church .

There are two churches in Fischenthal:

  • The reformed church was built on the site of the medieval church in Fischenthal: In 1711 the present nave was added to the existing church tower. Since 1933 there have been three colored windows in the choir by the glass painter Röttinger, Zurich.
  • The name of the Catholic Church of St. Gallus reminds us that the medieval church of Fischenthal was once consecrated to St. Gallus . In 1949 the previous church of St. Bernadette was consecrated, to which an old people's home was attached. In 1971 the present church, built by the architect Karl Higi , was consecrated. The outwardly simple building has works of art by Paul Stöckli and is an exemplary church building of a post-Vatican Catholic church.


The municipality Fischenthal and the places web in Tösstal and Gibswil are with the line S 26 Winterthur - Bauma - Ruti ZH , by the Thurbo is operated, each with its own stop the train Zurich (to 1918 tösstal railway line connected). The SBB ticket counter was closed at the end of November 2015.

A bus line is operated by the Zurich Lake and Oberland Transport Authority (VZO):

  • 854 Rüti station - Wald - Gibswil - Fischenthal - Steg - Bauma station


The mayor is Barbara Dillier (non-party).

Members of the Fischenthaler Municipal Council ( term of office 2018–2022)
Surname Taking office function Political party
Barbara Dillier 2018 Parish President / Presidential Affairs and Finance independent
Hans Lazzarotto 2018 School President / Education and Youth independent
Rudolf Pfeiffer 2018 Society and culture independent
Elmar Schaufelberger 2018 Real estate and security independent
Matthias Zürcher 2011 Construction and Environment independent

Sightseeing and sports



  • Hermann Fietz: The art monuments of the canton of Zurich, Volume II: The districts of Bülach, Dielsdorf, Hinwil, Horgen and Meilen. (= Art Monuments of Switzerland. Volume 15). Edited by the Society for Swiss Art History GSK. Bern 1943. DNB 365803049 .

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. Permanent and non-permanent resident population by year, canton, district, municipality, population type and gender (permanent resident population). In: bfs. . Federal Statistical Office (FSO), August 31, 2019, accessed on December 22, 2019 .
  2. Data on the resident population by home, gender and age (community profile). Statistical Office of the Canton of Zurich, accessed on December 22, 2019 .
  3. StiASG , Urk. IV 355. Online at e-chartae , accessed on June 19, 2020.
  4. Chronicle . Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  5. Mardi Gras parades . Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  6. Kleintal turnery . Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  7. (accessed on March 18, 2016)
  8. (accessed on February 27, 2012)
  9. ^ Website of the Reformed parish. History section. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  10. ^ Website of the Catholic parish Bauma. Section history of the parish Fischenthal. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  11. Municipal Council. Retrieved on April 14, 2020 (Swiss Standard German).
  12. Antonio Cortesi: Bank father from Fischenthal. (PDF) In: Fischenthal community. Zürcher Oberländer, October 1, 1990, pp. 1–7 , accessed on March 28, 2020 .
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