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Coat of arms of Schlieren
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Dietikon
BFS no. : 0247i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8952
Coordinates : 676 043  /  250321 coordinates: 47 ° 23 '58 "  N , 8 ° 26' 45"  O ; CH1903:  676,043  /  250321
Height : 393  m above sea level M.
Height range : 386-586 m above sea level M.
Area : 6.59  km²
Residents: i18,736 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 2843 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
45.9% (December 31, 2018)
City President : Markus Bärtschiger ( SP )
View from the Käferberg in Zurich

View from the Käferberg in Zurich

Location of the municipality
Kanton Aargau Bezirk Meilen Zürichsee Bezirk Affoltern Bezirk Dielsdorf Bezirk Horgen Bezirk Zürich Kanton Aargau Aesch ZH Birmensdorf ZH Dietikon Geroldswil Oberengstringen Oetwil an der Limmat Schlieren Uitikon Unterengstringen Urdorf Weiningen ZHMap of Schlieren
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Schlieren is a town and municipality in the Dietikon district in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland . Their inhabitants are called Schlieremer .


The city of Schlieren is located in the Limmat Valley south of the Limmat , immediately bordering the city of Zurich to the west .


DC-3 over Schlieren and Limmattal, historical aerial photo from June 8, 1935, taken by Walter Mittelholzer
Swiss Wagons and Elevator Factory AG, historic aerial photo from August 8, 1932, taken by Walter Mittelholzer

Schlieren was first mentioned in documents in 828. Schlieren was owned by the Habsburgs until 1415 . After the conquest of Aargau by the Confederates , it was part of the County of Baden . In 1803 it was assigned to the Canton of Zurich. In 1777 the pastor Heinrich Keller founded the first deaf-mute school in Switzerland when he took two deaf boys into his rectory .

At the end of the 19th century, in the course of industrialization, Schlieren began to gradually change from a rural rural community to an urban small town. The Schweizerische Wagons- & Aufzügefabrik AG (SWS) was located in Schlieren from 1899 until its closure in 1985 .

Due to the proximity to the city of Zurich and the good transport connections (until 1956 tram , today trolleybus Zurich and S-Bahn ), population growth began. In 1960 the population exceeded 10,000. In 2008, Schlieren was awarded the Energy City label for energy policy measures that were adopted and implemented.

coat of arms


A golden lily in blue.


As of December 31, 2018, 18,736 people lived in Schlieren. The proportion of foreigners (registered population without Swiss citizenship ) was 45.9 percent on the reporting date and represents the highest value of all municipalities in the canton of Zurich .


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A total of 36 seats

The executive branch is formed by the seven-member city ​​council . It is made up as follows: 2 FDP , 2 SP , 1 CVP , 1 glp and 1 SVP .

The city's legislature is the 36-seat municipal parliament. The graphic on the right shows the distribution of seats after the election on March 3, 2018.

In the 2019 National Council elections, the share of the vote in Schlieren was: SVP 28.0%, SP 20.9%, glp 13.5%, Greens 11.1%, FDP 11.1%, CVP 7.3%, EPP 2.7 %, BDP 1.6%, AL 1.2%, EDU 1.0%.


On December 31, 2011, 38.4 percent of the population belonged to the Roman Catholic Church and 17.7 percent to the Evangelical Reformed Church .

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Josef from 1960 is located on the corner of Uitikonerstrasse and Dammweg and was built by the well-known church architect Karl Higi . At the church square are the Old and the New Reformed Church.

The Chrischona congregation and the Evangelical Anabaptist congregation ETG are part of the regional section of the Evangelical Alliance .

Public transport

Schlieren station is on the Zurich – Baden railway line and is served by the S 11 Aarau - Lenzburg - Dietikon - Zurich HB - Stettbach - Winterthur - Seuzach / Sennhof-Kyburg (- Wila ) and the S 12 Brugg - Altstetten - Zurich HB - Stadelhofen - Winterthur - Schaffhausen / Wil served by the Zurich S-Bahn .

Several bus lines operate from Schlieren, Bahnhof, Schlieren, center / train station or Schlieren, Bahnhof Nord:

201 Schlieren, Rütistrasse - Schlieren, Bahnhof - Uitikon, Dorf - Uitikon Waldegg, Bahnhof

302 Oberurdorf - Schlieren, train station - Unterengstringen - Weiningen ZH - Geroldswil - Fahrweid - Dietikon

303 Schlieren, center / train station - Urdorf - Dietikon - Spreitenbach - Killwangen

307 Schlieren, Meuchwies - Schlieren, Nord Bahnhof - Zurich Altstetten

308 Urdorf Weihermatt - Urdorf - Schlieren, train station - Unterengstringen - Oberengstringen - Zurich Altstetten

Schlieren has been connected to the VBZ tram network since September 2019 :

2 Schlieren, Geissweid - Schlieren, center / train station - Zurich, Farbhof - Paradeplatz - Bellevue - Zurich Tiefenbrunnen


Schlieren is changing from an industrial city to a city with service and high-tech companies. Various companies have created new jobs on the site of the former SWS , including the print shop of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung , the television station Star TV and API Invest and Finanz AG. In addition, a biotech cluster with various start-up companies from this sector has developed here. The traditional companies include Geistlich and Schlatter. The headquarters of Mercedes-Benz Switzerland AG, Strabag AG Switzerland and Sony Switzerland are also located in Schlieren .


  • Former Schlieren gasworks and gasometer
  • WAGI Museum Schlieren
  • Schlieren local museum
  • city ​​Park


The last remaining of the original three gasometers in Schlieren, Switzerland. Depending on the storage volume, the «lid» of the gasometer could be raised or lowered.

The Cabaret Rotstift , well-known in Switzerland , was founded in 1954 by teachers from Schlierem. The same teachers founded the Schlieremer Chind children's choir in 1957 , today the most famous Swiss children's choir.


The New Year's Marathon Zurich has been taking place in Schlieren since January 1st, 2005 . The start and finish of this world's first marathon of the year is in the Schlierem sports hall Unterrohr. The start is at 00:00, exactly at the turn of the year. In addition to the marathon distance (42.195 km), there is also a half marathon (21.0975 km), a quarter marathon (10.54875 km), a team run (2–4 runners share the 42.195 km) and a free kids run (750 m) offered.


Various media are located in Schlieren on Wagistrasse. In addition to the TV channels Switzerland 5 (in the rooms of the former TV3 ), Star TV , VIVA and 3+ , the Primetime company records the programs Swiss Date , FUTURA.TV , KOCHEN.TV , Ganzprivat and wwohnraumTV . The former NZZ print shop and the Publiartis advertising agency are also nearby .



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Web links

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

Individual evidence

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