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Schwerzenbach coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Uster
BFS no. : 0197i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8603
Coordinates : 692 222  /  249 051 coordinates: 47 ° 23 '9 "  N , 8 ° 39' 36"  O ; CH1903:  692 222  /  two hundred forty-nine thousand and fifty-one
Height : 443  m above sea level M.
Height range : 432–457 m above sea level M.
Area : 2.62  km²
Residents: 5115 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 1952 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
26.4% (December 31, 2018)
Mayor : Thomas Weber ( independent )
View from the Loorenkopf to the industrial area of ​​Schwerzenbach, Volketswil in the background

View from the Loorenkopf to the industrial area
of Schwerzenbach, Volketswil in the background

Location of the municipality
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Schwerzenbach is a municipality in the Uster district in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland .


The community to the north of the Greifensee is east of the city of Zurich on the border with the Zurich Oberland . The Chimlibach crosses Schwerzenbach and flows into the Glatt river .


In the Middle Ages Schwerzenbach belonged to the Greifensee rule , which belonged to the Counts of Rapperswil and later passed to the Lords of Landenberg and the Counts of Toggenburg . In 1402 the Zurich city-state took over the entire rule of Greifensee and with it Schwerzenbach. Schwerzenbach has been a separate municipality in the canton of Zurich since the fall of Old Zurich in the revolution of 1798. It belonged first to the district of Uster, from 1815 to the Oberamt Greifensee and has been part of the district of Uster since 1831.

The legend of St. Einhard tells of a local saint from Schwerzenbach who is said to be buried near the old church. In 1444, during the Old Zurich War , the Schwyz destroyed the church. The right to appoint the pastor, the so-called collature of the Schwerzenbach Church, belonged to the Einsiedeln Monastery until 1834 , although the community had already changed to the Reformed faith in 1524. The church was demolished in 1812 and the current church was consecrated in 1813.

Up until the 17th century, most of Schwerzenbach's residents lived exclusively on agricultural products, and from the 18th century onwards from the spinning and weaving mills operated at home . Despite the railway station opened in 1856, there was no settlement of industry . Only a silk manufacturing business established itself. Schwerzenbach was therefore a farming village until four decades ago.

Historical aerial photo from 1920, taken from a height of 800 meters by Walter Mittelholzer
View from the Glatt
Schwerzenbach - Glatt IMG 6536.jpg
The outflow of the Glatt from the Greifensee
The Greifensee near Schwerzenbach, in the background the neighboring town of Greifensee

coat of arms


A black cross brook in gold, topped with a silver fish.

The municipality has only had its own official coat of arms since the efforts of the Antiquarian Society in Zurich and its coat of arms commission in the early 1930s. In 1932 the stamp of the municipal council still showed the Zurich shield. After a long search, the old seal of the mayor from 1844 was found. It shows a horizontal black stream with a silver fish on a blue background and provided the template for today's coat of arms.


The proximity to the city of Zurich and Uster led to a construction boom after the Second World War, which caused the village, which originally had only 400 inhabitants, to grow tenfold. In the course of the construction boom, the center shifted from the old village center by the church to the train station in the direction of Volketswil , where the new "Im Vieri" settlement alone brought almost 500 new residents.


On December 31, 2011, 35.2 percent of the population belonged to the Evangelical Reformed Church and 28.2 percent to the Roman Catholic Church .

The Reformed Church Schwerzenbach was built in the years 1812–1813 in a classical style. The Roman Catholic Center St. Gabriel is located in the Haus zum Wiesenthal, which was built in 1803 and has been used as a Catholic parish center since 2000.

The Protestant Free Churches are represented in Schwerzenbach by the Spanish-speaking "Iglesia Cuerpo de Cristo de Remar Internacional", which is also active as an international social welfare organization.


Schwerzenbach station is connected by the Zurich S-Bahn with the following lines:


The mayor is Thomas Weber ( independent , as of December 2017).

Members of the Schwerzenbach City Council (2014-2018)
Surname Taking office function Political party
Thomas Weber 1994/2014 Mayor / planning independent
Thomas A. Frey 2010 Finances FDP
Esther Borra-Wegmann 2014 Building construction / real estate independent
Martina Hubacher 2010 Vice President, Social Affairs independent
Beat Schüpbach 2018 Civil engineering / factory independent
Rahel Hofmann-Meyer 2014 health FDP
Reto Haltinner 2018 safety CVP


The Zurich German dialect of Schwerzenbach is one of the Oberland dialects.


Town twinning

  • LatviaLatvia Aizpute , Latvia - since 1991

The permanent contacts take place on three levels:

  • Executive: Schwerzenbach City Council and Aizpute City Council
  • Organization: Partnership association Pro Aizpute in Schwerzenbach and Friends of Schwerzenbach in Aizpute
  • Personal: A network of direct personal contacts has developed


  • Franz Perret (1904–1979), librarian and head of the St. Gallen monastery archive


  • Hans Martin Gubler: Art Monuments of Switzerland Volume 66 "The Art Monuments of the Canton of Zurich Volume 3: The Districts of Pfäffikon and Uster" Society for Swiss Art History GSK Bern 1978 ISBN 3-7643-0991-1 pp. 510-521.
  • Beat Frei: Schwerzenbach. A long story. Schwerzenbach community, Schwerzenbach 2004, ISBN 3-03-300285-4 .

Web links

Commons : Schwerzenbach  - 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. Canton of Zurich, municipality of Schwerzenbach, private design plan “im Vieri”, planning report in accordance with Art. 47 RPV , (PDF, 10S .; 154 kB), also:
  4. (accessed on February 27, 2012)
  5. Archived copy ( memento of November 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed on February 29, 2012).
  6. Article about the community partnership on the Schwerzenbach homepage accessed on June 17, 2020