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Hinwil coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Hinwilw
BFS no. : 0117i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8340 Hinwil
8342 Wernetshausen
Coordinates : 706 332  /  240144 coordinates: 47 ° 18 '13 "  N , 8 ° 50' 41"  O ; CH1903:  seven hundred and six thousand three hundred thirty-two  /  240144
Height : 565  m above sea level M.
Height range : 519–1116 m above sea level M.
Area : 22.28  km²
Residents: i11,138 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 500 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
16.7% (December 31, 2018)
Mayor : Germano Tezzele ( SVP )
Website: www.hinwil.ch
Hinwil seen from the Bachtel

Hinwil seen from the Bachtel

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 Hinwil
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Hinwil is a political municipality and capital of the district of the same name in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland .

coat of arms


Half split and divided by silver and blue over gold


The community is located in the country and yet near the city of Zurich . With an area of ​​22.27 km² and 11,373 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in over 4899 households, Hinwil is one of the larger municipalities in the canton of Zurich. Hinwil is dominated by the Bachtel ( 1115  m above sea level ).

The community includes six outside guards : Girenbad , Hadlikon , Ringwil , Unterbach, Unterholz and Wernetshausen , as well as the hamlets of Bossikon and Erlosen . These external guards used to be partly independent communities, which is why most of them still have a coat of arms today.


Population development
year Residents
1637 624
1794 2,112
1850 2,697
1900 2,864
1950 3,623
1980 7,554
2000 9,157
2009 10,110
2012 10,602
2018 11,138
2019 11,373
  • Population density: 510.7 inh. / Km²
  • Number of private households: 4899 (as of 2018)


On December 31, 2012, 42.85 percent of the population belonged to the Evangelical Reformed Church and 25.52 percent to the Roman Catholic Church . The Catholic Church of Liebfrauen was built by the architect Joseph Steiner in 1920 as a neo-Romanesque church. Between 1977 and 1978, the church was expanded by architect Walter Bosshart and converted into a modern church. The chancel was designed by Josef Caminada .

In Hinwil there is the Chrischona Free Church .


Germano Tezzele has been mayor of the community ( SVP ) since 2010 .

Members of the Hinwil City Council (2018-2022)
Surname Taking office function Political party
Germano Tezzele / 2010 Parish President / Presidential SVP
Andreas Bühler 2014 Construction / Planning / 1st Vice President SP
Horst Meier 1998 Finances / Real Estate / 2nd Vice President FDP
Urs Eberhard 2014 Health / environmental protection FDP
Hans Benedetti 2006 safety SVP
Gabriela Casutt 2016 Social FDP
Beat Amstutz 2014 Civil engineering / works SVP

In the 2019 National Council elections, the share of the vote in Hinwil was: SVP 42.0%, FDP 11.4%, Greens 10.8%, SP 10.7%, glp 9.5%, CVP 5.2%, EPP 3.8 %, EDU 3.3%, BDP 1.5%.


Historical aerial photo from 1929, taken from a height of 200 meters by Walter Mittelholzer

During restoration work in 1968, remains of walls from Roman times were found inside the Reformed church . The remains of a hypocaust suggest a Roman villa, the area of ​​today's Hinwil was therefore already inhabited in antiquity.

The first written name of Hinwil is Hunichinwilare and dates from the period 743-747. It is a deed of gift from a Landbert to the St.Gallen monastery . At that time there was probably a small Alemannic hamlet in the area of ​​today's village hill . Hadlikon is mentioned in 775 (as Hadaleihinchova ), Bossikon 829 (as Pozinhova ), Ringwil 837 (as Rimolteswilare ), Wernetshausen 867 (also Werinholveshusa ).

In the 13th century, Hinwil belonged to the Grüningen estate . In the 15th century, parts of the municipality belonged to the Rüti monastery and the Kommende Bubikon . The Hinwil castle stable was destroyed in the 15th century. After the Reformation , most of the rulership rights came to the city of Zurich. In the 18th century, home work expanded , in 1776 60% of the population was employed in cotton processing.

The Hinwil local museum was founded in 1925 .


KEZO, view from Ringwilerstrasse

The industrial quarter in Hinwil is the home base of the Sauber Motorsport Formula 1 racing team . The companies Belimo , Ferag and FBB (FBB Frischbeton & Baustoff AG) are located in the industrial quarter . One of the best-known Hinwil companies was Bührer Tractors , which had a renowned reputation throughout Switzerland. In Hinwil, too, industry is increasingly being displaced by the service sector, so today various large shopping centers are important employers in the region.

Hinwil is home to individual infrastructure facilities in the Zurich Oberland: the Zurich Oberland waste disposal facility (KEZO) , an association of 39 municipalities in the Oberland that jointly operate one of the six waste incineration plants in the canton; as well as the Hinwil test center, one of two subordinate test centers of the cantonal road traffic office ; The federal government maintains the Army Logistics Base (LBA) in Hinwil. The Bossikon-Hinwil sewage treatment plant is located in the industrial district. There are small businesses in the community center.


Hinwil station in 1877
and 1965

The community has been connected to the Swiss railway network through the Hinwil station since May 3, 1876, when the Effretikon – Hinwil railway was opened by the Effretikon – Wetzikon – Hinwiel (1876–1886) railway company. The railway company went to the Schweizerische Nordostbahn (NOB) on January 1, 1886 . On June 1, 1901, the Uerikon-Bauma-Bahn (UeBB) , which ran through the existing station, was opened.

The Uerikon-Bauma-Bahn was taken over by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) in 1948 and the Bubikon- Hinwil line was shut down. The Hinwil-Bäretswil line was closed for passenger traffic in 1969. The Hinwil – Bäretswil – Bauma section was retained and has been used by the Zurich Oberland Steam Railway Association (DVZO) since 1978 . Freight trains still run irregularly on the Hinwil – Bäretswil section, mainly excavation work for a concrete plant.

Hinwil station is connected to the S 14 Affoltern a. A. - Altstetten - Zurich HB - Oerlikon - Wallisellen - Hinwil every half hour.

The following bus lines exist, which are operated by the Zurich Lake and Oberland Transport Authority (VZO):

  • 869 Wetzikon station - Hinwil industry - Hinwil station
  • 870 Hinwil - Hadlikon - Oberdürnten - Tann - Rüti station
  • 875 Hinwil - Girenbad - Ringwil train station

In the south of the municipality in the Betzholz area is the Betzholz roundabout of the same name . It is part of the Hinwil motorway junction of the cantonal A53 motorway (Oberlandautobahn), which currently ends at the roundabout. The cantonal A52 (Forchautostrasse) and the access road to Hinwil flow into the roundabout . The prepared route of the A53 (towards Uster) and a TCS traffic safety center, as well as the Betzholz traffic base, one of five bases of the traffic police department of the cantonal police, are located within the roundabout.


Twelve stone

Reformed church in Hinwil including the former rectory.

The "Zwölfistein" is a 3-4 meter large conglomerate rock - boulder just above Wernetshausen in the municipality Hinwil. According to legend, the Zwölfistein is supposed to turn once every night when the bells of Basel Minster (according to others, the Hinwil Church) strike midnight.

Bernegg ruins

The Bernegg ruin stands above the Wildbachtobel near Girenbad. The former castle was inhabited by the Knights of Bernegg in the High Middle Ages, but they sold the castle in 1273 due to lack of money and had to drag it down to the foundation walls. A castle stable can still be seen today. The remains were restored at the beginning of the 20th century on behalf of the Hinwil Antiquarian Society.


View from Benklenstrasse onto the western slope of the Bachtel

A popular destination is Hinwil's 1115 meter high local mountain, the Bachtel . From the 60 meter high Bachtelturm (viewing platform 30 meters high) you have a view over the Zurich Oberland to the Alps.

School facilities

The Breite secondary school is in a central location near the cemetery. The Breite school facility has an indoor pool with an adjustable floor.

Town twinning



  • 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 : Hinwil  - 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. admin.ch . 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. a b Hinwil Online: Facts & Figures. Retrieved March 5, 2020 .
  4. http://www.statistik.zh.ch/internet/justiz_inneres/statistik/de/aktuell/mitteilungen/2012/bev_2011.html (accessed on February 27, 2012).
  5. http://www.chrischona-hinwil.ch/ (accessed on February 27, 2012).
  6. ^ Hinwil Online: Members of the authorities. Retrieved March 5, 2020 .
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  8. Elections 2019. Accessed August 1, 2020 .
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  10. ^ TCS Hinwil
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