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Miles coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : miles
BFS no. : 0156i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8706
Coordinates : 691013  /  236214 coordinates: 47 ° 16 '14 "  N , 8 ° 38' 29"  O ; CH1903:  691013  /  236214
Height : 420  m above sea level M.
Height range : 405–853 m above sea level M.
Area : 11.94  km²
Residents: i14'220 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 1191 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
22.6% (December 31, 2018)
Mayor : Christoph Hiller ( FDP )
Church miles, ferry

Church miles, ferry

Location of the municipality
Ufenau Lützelau Zürichsee Greifensee Lützelsee Schübelweiher Rumensee Kanton Schwyz Kanton St. Gallen Kanton Zug Bezirk Affoltern Bezirk Hinwil Bezirk Horgen Bezirk Uster Bezirk Zürich Erlenbach ZH Herrliberg Hombrechtikon Küsnacht ZH Männedorf Meilen Oetwil am See Stäfa Uetikon am See Zollikon ZumikonMap of miles
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Miles is a political municipality in Switzerland and the capital of the district of the same name in the canton of Zurich .


Suspension bridge over the Beugenbachtobel between Meilen and Obermeilen

The community is located on the middle right bank of Lake Zurich between Rapperswil-Jona and Zurich on the so-called Gold Coast . Miles includes the districts of Feldmeilen, Obermeilen and Dorfmeilen on the lake shore as well as mountain miles up the slope. The area is 1193 ha, of which 47% agriculture, 24% forest, 27% settlements. The neighboring communities of Meilen are Herrliberg, Uetikon am See and Egg. Egg is miles separated by the pan handle. On the other side of the lake are Horgen and Wädenswil.

Miles and Obermeilen are separated by the Beugenbachtobel. A 60-meter-long and almost 1.5-meter-wide suspension bridge has been crossing the ravine since June 2012. It was designed by the Chur engineer Hans Pfaffen. The relatively inexpensive bridge at 390,000 francs is the first of its kind in the canton of Zurich.


Meilen-Rorenhaab is a prehistoric settlement on Lake Zurich in the municipality of Meilen. The place name is mentioned for the first time around 880 as Meilana in a property register of the Zurich Grossmünster. The Friedberg has been preserved as a ruin. Between 1990 and 2000, various artefacts such as shoe tips or other everyday objects were found during excavations around the ruins. Most of the finds come from the sod well, which was probably used as a garbage dump after the castle was abandoned. The objects as well as the reconstructions and pictures from that time can be seen in the local museum in Meilen.

Ship disaster and Ländeli service in Obermeilen

Steamship disaster in Obermeilen (Lake Zurich) on August 29, 1872 [Switzerland]: [publisher cannot be determined], [1872]. Central Library Zurich

On August 29, 1872, the community of Meilen ordered a special trip for all school children on the steamboat Concordia of the steamboat company for Lake Zurich to Obersee. Depending on the source, the ship was manned by 450 to 500 children. As a result of a misunderstanding, when the parents returned home, a collision occurred between the Concordia at the Schifflände Obermeilen , which drills its bow into the forecastle of the St. Gotthard , which is in service as planned . With one exception (Mrs. Gysi from Basel), the Gotthard passengers were rescued from the sinking Concordia, which reached the Obermeilen jetty at the last moment with all the children in the village and the Gotthard passengers . The staff reports from the Concordia cashier , Brändli from Männedorf , who had contributed a lot to the rescue, but in the end was torn into the depths in the whirlpool of the sinking Gotthard . Since then, an ecumenical memorial service, the so-called Ländeli service, has been held every year at the former Obermeilen shipping area, which is now the Dollikon lido.

coat of arms


A two-towered, tinned black castle in gold over a green Dreiberg , pierced by a gate and windows, raised by two red stars.

In the course of history the number of stars in the coat of arms varied and sometimes the three mountain or the castle "stood" directly on it. It goes back to the Knight family of Friedberg, which in the Middle Ages on the Friedberg lived above miles.


On December 31, 2014, there were 13,124 people living in Meilen.

Denomination: 41.6% Protestant Reformed , 26.1% Roman Catholic , 32.3% other or no denomination (status: 2010).


In the 2019 National Council elections, the share of the vote in miles was: SVP 28.1%, FDP 24.9%, glp 15.2%, SP 11.8%, Greens 10.3%, CVP 4.1%, EVP 2.0 %, BDP 1.1% ,.

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There are three churches in Meilen:

  • The Evangelical Reformed church is located on the lake shore and goes back to a previous building from the years 878 to 965.
  • The Roman Catholic Church of St. Martin is north of the train station. Since the reformed community planned to build a church on the neighboring site, the church has a free-standing bell tower that would have been intended for both churches.
  • The Evangelical Free Church of Chrischona is located at Pfannenstielstrasse 1.


The right bank Zurichseebahn runs through miles . The mile station is from the S-Bahn Zurich served by three lines:

Another train station in the municipality is Herrliberg- Feldmeilen . Miles is on the well-developed bus network of transport companies Zurich and Oberland connected. There are regular connections with the Zürichsee-Schiffahrtsgesellschaft and the Zürichsee-Ferry Horgen – Meilen .




  • 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 : Miles  - collection of pictures, 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. NZZ from June 19, 2012
  4. Population statistics as of December 31, 2014 , accessed on May 13, 2016.
  5. Elections 2019. Accessed August 1, 2020 .
  6. Christian Renfer: The Church Meilen ZH and its surroundings. (Swiss Art Guide, No. 378). Ed. Society for Swiss Art History GSK. Bern 1985