Rüti ZH

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ZH is the abbreviation for the canton of Zurich in Switzerland and is used to avoid confusion with other entries of the name Rütif .
Rüti coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Hinwilw
BFS no. : 0118i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8630
Coordinates : 707 256  /  235497 coordinates: 47 ° 15 '42 "  N , 8 ° 51' 21"  O ; CH1903:  707 256  /  235497
Height : 482  m above sea level M.
Height range : 441–778 m above sea level M.
Area : 10.06  km²
Residents: i12,174 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 1210 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
24.2% (December 31, 2018)
Mayor : Peter Luginbühl ( FDP )
Website: www.rueti.ch
View from Batzberg to Rüti

View from Batzberg to Rüti

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 Rüti
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Rüti is a municipality in the district of Hinwil in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland .

coat of arms


A red Gothic R in gold


The community is on average 465 meters above sea ​​level . The highest point is 778 meters above sea level on the Batzberg between Rüti and Wald ZH . The Jona flows through Rüti .


The area was probably settled in the 8th and 9th centuries. The district of Fägswil was mentioned for the first time in 807 in a Sankt Gallen document. In a certificate from Emperor Otto II (955-983) from 972, Rüti was referred to as Riutun . The name goes back to the Swiss German word Rüti . It means "clearing, cleared of wood and bushes, reclaimed piece of land".

In 1206 the Rüti monastery was founded by Lütold IV von Regensberg . A small farmer's village was built around the monastery, the inhabitants of which were engaged in agriculture , livestock farming , agricultural wage labor and textile processing. A branch of Meyer von Dürnten, ministerials of the Counts of Toggenburg and the Einsiedeln monastery , built a castle on the Batzberg , east of Fägswil, which seems to have been abandoned in the 14th century and of which only the remains of the neck ditch can be seen today. In 1238 the monastery of Rüti acquired the free people of today's Ferrach from the Counts of Toggenburg for 80 marks silver in Zurich currency and took over the rights and duties of the Toggenburg bailiwick. The monastery thus represented functions under public law for the first time, and the deed of purchase became the opening (municipal ordinance) for the residents of the hamlet for the next 300 years and was read out on court and oath days.

1408 came Rüti as part of the Landvogtei Grüningen under Zurich authorities. After the abolition of the monastery in the course of the Reformation, the monastery property became the property of the city of Zurich, which had it administered by a bailiff in the Rüti office . The main building, the interior of the church tower and parts of the nave as well as several of the remaining monastery buildings fell victim to a major fire on December 3, 1706 and made way for the new building of the main building in 1710. The Rüti office was canceled as early as 1833, the remaining monastery and farm buildings were sold and the majority of them demolished.

View from the Schanz of the remaining monastery buildings , in the background the Reformed Church (before 1706)

As early as the middle of the 16th century, Rüti had its own elementary school in the rectory - founded on Heinrich Bullinger's initiative by the Premonstratensian canons who remained in Rüti - and was part of the Zurich military organization. Shortly before the First Villmerger War in the middle of the 17th century, fortifications, the so-called Schanz north of the office building, were built as a border guard. The first Catholic service in the Zurich Oberland after the Reformation was celebrated in the pilgrim's footbridge in 1866 . In Tann , in the municipality of Dürnten, the Catholic parish church of the Holy Trinity of the Catholic parish of Rüti, which was created from 1963 to 1964 , has been standing since 1879 .

The village did not experience an economic boom until industrialization took place in the 19th century. In 1847 the Caspar Honegger weaving machine factory was established in Joweid, which later became the Rüti AG machine factory with worldwide relationships, later part of the G + F group, Sulzer Textil and since 2001 owned by the Italian Promatech. In 1833 Rüti was connected to the cantonal road network and in 1859 to the Zurich – Uster – Rapperswil railway. The latter was electrified in 1932 and has been used by the Zurich S-Bahn since 1990 . In 1873 the nail factory Hess Pilgersteg opened, in 1886 the spring factory Baumann & Cie (today: Baumann Federn AG ) and in 1895 the central heating system Johann Müller AG. The municipal utilities began operations in 1897, the post office in 1911.

The Bandwies regional shopping center has existed since the 1970s. The hospital opened in 1875, later the district hospital, was closed in 2000 for financial and political reasons. Today, the recruiting center for the army and civil defense for the cantons of Zurich, Schaffhausen and Thurgau are located in the building. The congregation has a reformed church . Catholics visit the Church of the Holy Trinity in Tann. In 2007, the 1200 year anniversary was celebrated with various occasions and festivities.


Rüti ZH, historical aerial photo from 1919, taken from a height of 300 meters by Walter Mittelholzer
The municipality
The Evangelical Reformed Church , on the left the main building with the community library at the cloister courtyard
The crematorium building in the cemetery on the Chlaus , together with the reformed church since November 2009 an object of class A in the KGS inventory of the federal government
The Roman Catholic Church in Tann, the
Bachtel in the background
Population development
year Residents
1634 139
1764 701
1850 1,292
1900 4,796
1950 6,647
1970 9,546
1990 10,513
2000 11,153
2010 11,934
2019 12,254

Rüti has over 10,000 inhabitants and is therefore a town, even if life in Rüti is rather village-like and town charter was never acquired. The proportion of foreigners is over 20 percent. The number of inhabitants exceeded the limit of 10,000 for the first time in 1971/72, but fell markedly in the next few years as a result of the recession, only to increase significantly in the late 1990s.


On December 31, 2018, 29.01% of the population belonged to the Catholic Church and 27.57% to the Evangelical Reformed Church .

Within the regional section of the Evangelical Alliance , the Evangelical Reformed Church , the Chrischona Church , the Evangelical Anabaptist Congregation ETG and the Free Evangelical Congregation are represented from Rüti (as of 2019).

Of the other churches, there is a New Apostolic Church in Rüti .


Municipal council

The municipal council consists of the following people (as of 2018):

  • Peter Luginbühl, FDP
  • Peter Heierle, SVP
  • Carmen Müller Fehlmann, SP
  • Peter Weidinger, CVP
  • Urs Kapp, EPP
  • Claudia Lehmann, SP
  • Christa Thoma, CVP
  • Marie-Therese Büsser, GLP
  • Rudolf Meier, FDP

The mayor is Peter Luginbühl.

Cantonal Council

In the Cantonal Council of the Canton of Zurich Rüti is represented by one person:

  • Yvonne Bürgin ( CVP )

National elections

In the 2019 National Council elections, the proportion of voters in Rüti was: SVP 30.1%, SP 13.4%, Greens 12.6%, glp 10.6%, CVP 10.0%, FDP 9.8%, EPP 5.8 %, EDU 4.4%, BDP 1.7%.

Economy and Infrastructure

Rüti is home to shops such as Coop , Migros , Denner , Aldi and Dosenbach . All the big shops except Aldi can be found on Bandwiesstrasse, which is the center of Rüti. The two largest shopping centers, as in almost every major city in Switzerland, are Coop and Migros. The Coop moved into a larger building in 2001. Migros was rebuilt in 2004 and the range expanded.


The community has two connections to the Oberlandautobahn (A53). Rüti is located on the Rapperswil – Uster – Zurich line ( Glatthalbahn ) and is also the starting point of the former Tösstalbahn . Rüti station is served by lines S 5 , S 15 (since December 2006) and S 26 (Tösstallinie) of the Zurich S-Bahn :

The Verkehrsbetriebe Zürcher Oberland (VZO) has been operating a dense bus network in the Zürcher Oberland since 1946, including a well-developed local bus network in Rüti since 1988.

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

There is also the following bus line, which is served by Schneider AG :


For a long time, the textile and weaving machine industry was the most important branch of industry in Rüti.

  • 1816: Honegger cotton spinning mill in Wydacher
  • 1857–1960: Mechanical silk weaving mill in Rüti
  • 1873: Hess nail factory in Pilgersteg
  • 1886: Spring factory Baumann & Cie. (Today: Baumann Federn AG )
  • 1895: Central heating systems Johann Müller AG
  • 1904: Embru furniture factory
  • until 1982: Maschinenfabrik Rüti, part of the Georg Fischer Group
  • From 1982: Sulzer AG , which, however, sold the Sulzer Textil company entirely to Italian owners in 2001

In Rüti there was a change from an industrial village to a service village.


Secondary and secondary school, the gym on the right (2011)

Rüti has ten school buildings. The vocational school at Sonnenplatz for technical training, the Widacher, Lindenberg, Schlossberg, Eschenmatt, Alpenblick, Ferrach and Fägswil school buildings for primary school and the Schanz and Egg school building for secondary school . With the overall renovation completed in 2004, the previously two separate building complexes were combined.


The community has a rich club life with around 120 clubs of all kinds, a local museum ("community chronicle") and, since 2013, an expanded library for Rüti and its neighboring community of Dürnten. The Reformed Church in Rüti and the crematorium building in the cemetery on the Chlaus-Anhöhe have been included in the KGS inventory of the federal government as objects of class A (KGS – No. 7648) since November 2009 .


freetime and recreation

The two local recreation areas Grossweier and Neu York , a clearing near Fägswil, are located near the riding stables . One destination is the Zurich Oberland local mountain, the Bachtel . On the hiking trails through forests, nature reserves and hamlets , along streams, ponds and waterfalls to the viewpoints, you can orientate yourself on the Bachtel with its distinctive transmission tower and the Batzberg (777 m above sea level) between Wald and Rüti. Other local recreation areas include the Rütiwald with branched out walking paths and Vita-Parcours between Bubikon and Rüti as well as the extensive area of ​​the Jonawald along the river of the same name on the municipal border with Rapperswil-Jona. The river has also formed a pronounced ravine area between Wald and Rüti or Tann, the Tannertobel, which merges further southwest into the wide Joweid river valley, the former industrial area of ​​Georg Fischer AG and Sulzer, which has been transformed into a service center. The Schwarztöbeli between Bubikon and Rüti, formed by the tributary of the same name as the Jona, is also very popular with those looking for local recreation; Among other things, it houses a 12 m high waterfall on the municipal border with Bubikon, the municipality's swimming pool (Badi an der Schwarz) and a bike park at the civil protection center. Rüti is also a stage on the Way of St. James and part of the long-distance hiking network. There has been a trampoline hall in Rüti since 2017.

View from the Schanz over the city center. In the background left the Bachtel, right the Batzberg , in the foreground right the monastery courtyard .


Today, Rüti is best known to foreigners for its recruiting center for the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (VBS) for the cantons of Zurich , Zug , Schaffhausen and Thurgau , which was built in 2003 in the former hospital building.

The municipality has been gold certified as an energy city since 2007 and as an energy city since 2015.


  • Caspar Honegger (born December 12, 1804 in Rüti, † January 7, 1883 in Rüti), developer of the “Honegger loom”, founder of the first factory health insurance fund in Switzerland. Born in Rüti.
  • Carl Arnold Séquin (born January 25, 1845 in Uznach, † November 25, 1899 in Rüti), architect. Lived in Rüti.
  • Albin Zollinger (born January 24, 1895, † November 7, 1941 in Zurich), writer. Lived in Rüti.
  • Rudolf Zender (born June 27, 1901 in Rüti, † 1988), painter, graphic artist and draftsman. Born in Rüti.
  • Harry Koch (born September 2, 1930 in Rüti, † April 23, 2012), football player. Born in Rüti.
  • Albert Doubt (born June 7, 1949 in Rüti), cyclist, five-time world champion. Lives in Rüti.
  • Jörg Reichlin (born August 25, 1949 in Saas Fee), actor, director. Lives in Rüti.
  • Bernhard Ott (born June 7, 1952 in Rüti), Anabaptist theologian and missiologist. Born in Rüti.
  • Ancillo Canepa (born May 5, 1953 in Richterswil), President FC Zurich. Lives in Rüti.
  • Peter Marvey (born August 18, 1971 in Rüti), magician. Born in Rüti.
  • Christian Kreienbühl (born June 6, 1981 in Rüti), athlete. Lives in Rüti.
  • Théo Gheorghiu (born August 12, 1992 in Männedorf). Pianist. Lived in Rüti.


  • Community chronicle Rüti (Ed.): Permit, Rüti! : in 1200 years from the hamlet of Fakisesvilari to the urban Rüti. Community chronicle, Rüti 2007, ISBN 978-3-033-01127-4 .
  • Urs Amacher: The Premonstratensians in Switzerland. , Helvetia sacra Volume IV / 3, edited by several authors, edited by Bernard Andenmatten and Brigitte Degler-Spengler , Basel 2002. Rüti ZH, Premonstratensian, pp. 501–531 .
  • 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 : Rüti ZH  - 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. Schweizerisches Idiotikon Vol. VI Sp. 1811ff. .
  4. a b https://statistik.zh.ch/internet/justiz_inneres/statistik/de/daten/gemeindeportraet_kanton_zuerich.html#a-content (accessed on February 7, 2020)
  5. http://www.each.ch/ea-r%C3%BCti-tann-d%C3%BCrnten.html (accessed on June 11, 2019).
  6. ^ Rüti local council In: Zürcher Oberländer . March 30, 2014. Accessed March 30, 2014.
  7. Name change in August 2018
  8. Luginbühl is Rütner mayor. In: Zürcher Oberländer . May 18, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  9. Elections 2019. Accessed August 1, 2020 .
  10. http://www.osrueti.ch/p80000412.html History of the secondary school in Rüti (accessed on July 23, 2011).
  11. ^ Bounce Lab. Retrieved September 19, 2019 .
  12. Energiestadt: Fact sheet Rüti (accessed on October 18, 2017)
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