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Wädenswil coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Horgen
BFS no. : 0293i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8820 Wädenswil
8804 Au ZH
8824 Schönenberg ZH
8825 Hütten
Coordinates : 693 416  /  231804 coordinates: 47 ° 13 '50 "  N , 8 ° 40' 20"  O ; CH1903:  six hundred and ninety-three thousand four hundred and sixteen  /  231804
Height : 408  m above sea level M.
Height range : 404-1228 m above sea level M.
Area : 35.64  km²
Residents: i24,341 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 683 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
21.7% (December 31, 2018)
City President : Philipp Kutter ( CVP )
Website: www.waedenswil.ch
Wädenswil with Lake Zurich

Wädenswil with Lake Zurich

Location of the municipality
Ufenau Lützelau Zürichsee Greifensee Sihlsee Teufenbachweiher Horgnerbergweiher Ausee (Wädenswil) Türlersee Zugersee Kanton Schwyz Kanton St. Gallen Kanton Zug Bezirk Affoltern Bezirk Dietikon Bezirk Hinwil Bezirk Meilen Bezirk Uster Bezirk Zürich Adliswil Horgen Kilchberg ZH Langnau am Albis Oberrieden ZH Richterswil Rüschlikon Thalwil WädenswilMap of Waedenswil
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Wädenswil , popularly called Wädi or Wädischwil , is a political municipality and medium- sized town in the district of Horgen in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland . After the incorporation of Schönenberg and Hütten on January 1, 2019, the city of Wädenswil grew by 18.26 km² to 35.61 km², making it the third largest municipality in the canton of Zurich. The population grew from 21,716 to 24,455 inhabitants (as of the end of 2017). The municipality of “Stadt Wädenswil” contains a village of the same name “8820 Wädenswil” and this in turn the “Wädenswil” district.


Landscape and settlements

Ship station Wädenswil on Lake Zurich
Schönenberg landscape
Hüttnersee, Pfannenstiel chain in the background

The town of Wädenswil is located on the upper left bank of Lake Zurich on Zimmerberg on the A3 Zurich – Chur motorway and extends over the Sihl to the Swiss foothills of the Alps to the Höhronen hill range (1229 m above sea level). In addition to Lake Zurich, the Hüttnersee and Ausee as well as several ponds , such as the Reidbachweiher, the Sennweidweiher, the Bachgadenweiher, the Teufenbachweiher or the Schönenbergerweiher, as well as smaller ravines with waterfalls , such as the Gulmentobel or the Reidbachtobel. Lake Zurich with the lakeside path, the Au peninsula and the surrounding landscape, especially the new areas of Schönenberg and Hütten, are popular leisure destinations.

The city of Wädenswil includes the four localities 8820 Wädenswil, 8804 Au ZH , 8824 Schönenberg ZH and 8825 Hütten . The place name database contains over 600 local names (place and field names) in the three former municipalities (as of 2018).

In the city of Wädenswil 63.2% is used for agriculture, 15.1% is covered with forest, 5.5% is traffic area and 13.8% is settlement area, 1.4% is water and 1.0% is unproductive (as of 2007 , determined from the three former municipalities).


Districts and neighboring communities of the city of Wädenswil

The city of Wädenswil is divided into the following five districts:

  • Wädenswil belongs to the village of 8820 Wädenswil and extends from the lake just up to the motorway.
  • Wädenswiler Berg also belongs to the village of 8820 Wädenswil and extends just below the motorway up to the former municipal boundary of Schönenberg.
  • Au corresponds to the village 8804 Au ZH.
  • Schönenberg corresponds to the village of 8824 Schönenberg ZH and the area of ​​the former municipality of Schönenberg ZH, which was incorporated into the city of Wädenswil on January 1, 2019.
  • Hütten corresponds to the village of 8825 Hütten and the area of ​​the former municipality of Hütten, which was incorporated into the city of Wädenswil on January 1, 2019.

The division of the city of Wädenswil into districts takes place in a geographical sense and has no legal significance. The individual districts are partly further subdivided such as B. the district Au in upper, middle and lower town. Such areas (quarters) can have individual subordinate locations such as B. the Mittelort the areas (districts) Grundstein, Appital and Moosacher. The terms for “districts” and “quarters” are sometimes used differently. The district of Au is z. B. also referred to as a quarter (cf. Quartierverein). The district of Schönenberg is referred to as a "village" (see village association).

Wädenswil district

The inner-city area of ​​the district of Wädenswil or the place “Wädenswil” is delimited on the main streets with blue and on the side streets with white town signs “Wädenswil”. In the district of Wädenswil there are no precisely delimitable quarters. For reasons of illustration, not all quarters are indicated on national maps. In the center of places the names of the place are often mapped.

The village / city center, to which the Wädenswil train station as well as the Reformed and Catholic Church belong, extends from Lake Zurich to around 1900 Oberdorfstrasse, which (as the name suggests) bounded the village uphill when it was built. The city administration and numerous shops are located in the village / city center. The only cinema in Wädenswil is located on Schlossbergstrasse on the edge of the core area. The core quarter of the district of Wädenswil is often called "town" or "village" by its residents, and "Wädenswil" by residents in the other districts. Quotation from Peter Ziegler from the article written in 2010 “Farming village, industrial town, school location: the ups and downs of the textile industry shaped Wädenswil's development”: Wädenswil is neither a village nor a town - but both. In terms of character, it has remained a village, well developed by a bus service that was introduced in 1953. A village with restored old buildings and associated gardens and green areas, with cultural independence and a lively club life. A village with a good social mix; also a village where you often greet each other on the street. A village that some do not want urbanization for a long time.

The districts (or districts) of the Wädenswil district mapped on the current 1: 10,000 map include: Boller, Eichhof, Giessen, Grüental, Hangenmoos, Holzmoosrüti, Im Staubeweidli, Meierhof, Meierhofrain, Neudorf, Oberer Leihof, Rothus, Rötiboden, Sandhof, Schloss, Tiefenhof, Tobelrain, Unterer Leihof, Untermosen, orphanage. Outside the densely built-up settlement area there are individual farms / hamlets such as Zollinger houses, Unterfelsen, Eichmüli and Neuguet.

Neighboring communities

The following six municipalities border the city of Wädenswil:

Climate table

The information relates to the city of Wädenswil before the municipal merger on January 1, 2019.

Wädenswil, 1981-2010
Climate diagram
J F. M. A. M. J J A. S. O N D.
Temperature in ° Cprecipitation in mm
Average monthly temperatures and precipitation for Wädenswil, 1981–2010
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 2.8 4.5 9.5 13.9 18.7 21.8 24.1 23.3 18.9 13.8 7.3 3.8 O 13.6
Min. Temperature (° C) −2.2 −1.8 1.4 4.5 8.9 12.1 14.2 13.9 10.6 7.0 2.1 −0.8 O 5.9
Temperature (° C) 0.3 1.2 5.2 9.0 13.6 16.8 19.0 18.3 14.4 10.2 4.6 1.6 O 9.6
Precipitation ( mm ) 82 77 99 100 135 155 152 164 127 100 98 102 Σ 1,391
Hours of sunshine ( h / d ) 1.7 2.8 4.3 5.4 6.0 6.6 7.2 6.6 5.0 3.4 1.9 1.3 O 4.4
Rainy days ( d ) 10.6 9.9 12.3 11.5 12.9 13.5 12.8 12.4 10.5 10.0 10.7 11.5 Σ 138.6
Humidity ( % ) 82 77 71 68 69 69 70 73 78 82 83 83 O 75.4
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Wädenswil 1794 with lock (top left), on an engraving by Heinrich Brupbacher

Archaeological finds from the Neolithic period show that the Au peninsula was settled early . Further finds from the Bronze Age and the Roman Age (1st century) show that the area of ​​the former Wädenswil has been inhabited for over 5000 years.

The barons of Wädenswil ("Wadinswilere") were first mentioned in a document in 1130 in a letter of foundation from the Fahr Monastery , the authenticity of which is not entirely certain . Their residence, Alt-Wädenswil Castle , was built by the barons in the 13th century. In 1287 the last baron Rudolf III sold. in the absence of descendants, the rule of Wädenswil - today's municipalities of Wädenswil, Richterswil and Uetikon am See - passed to the Johanniterkommende Bubikon . Wädenswil became an independent Johanniterkommende in 1330 . The Kommende Wädenswil entered into castle rights with the city of Zurich in 1342, but remained neutral in the Old Zurich War and mediated between the parties. In 1529 the communities of Wädenswil and Richterswil went over to the Reformation. Due to financial difficulties and conflicts with the Reformed subjects, the Order of St. John sold the rule of Wädenswil with all rights to the federal town of Zurich in 1549. Wädenswil became a bailiwick. Wädenswil Castle was built for the bailiff from 1550 to 1555 . The castle had for a Diet decision be razed in 1557 because Schwyz felt threatened by the enlarged city-state Zurich.

Historical aerial photo from 1919, taken from a height of 200 meters by Walter Mittelholzer
Wädenswil Castle, built 1550–1555

The unrest in the Zurich countryside in 1645 and 1646 culminated in the Wädenswil uprising. Zurich was able to suppress this unrest with the help of subjects loyal to the authorities, especially those of the County of Kyburg under Landvogt Johann Heinrich Waser , with the result that the Zurich subjects remained silent in the Peasants' War of 1653.

After the rule of Zurich collapsed in 1798, the last bailiff David von Orelli had to leave Wädenswil. In the Helvetic Republic , the municipality of Wädenswil was part of the Horgen district. After the end of the Helvetic Republic, the self-confident rural population - especially on Lake Zurich - wanted to keep their newly acquired rights. In 1804 there was an aristocratic uprising against aristocratic Zurich, the buck war . Wädenswil Castle was burned down. Federal troops put down the uprising.

In the last three decades of the 19th century, what was then Wädenswil experienced a strong boom in the course of industrialization and already at that time it became the third largest municipality in the canton of Zurich . The infrastructure was expanded accordingly: in 1872 with a private water supply, in 1873 with a gasworks, in 1875 with the connection to the NOB railway line from Zurich to Näfels , in 1882 with a telephone network, and in 1895 with an electricity company. A hospital, day nurseries and the first old people's home were also built during these years. The labor movement also began around 1900 . Entire quarters were rebuilt in the first years of the 20th century, several school houses were built and a new cemetery was laid out. In 1903, Wädensweil - that was the name of the community until then - was renamed Wädenswil.

Various institutions of the 20th century can be traced back to the patronage activities of industrialists. In 1911, manufacturers founded the Au Consortium, with which the hill of the Au peninsula was acquired in order to prevent the jewel from being overbuilt.

One of the most serious railway accidents in Switzerland killed 22 people on February 22, 1948 at the entrance to the Wädenswil train station. A ski train from Sattel SZ ran over due to a handling error of the engine driver at 60 km / h, buffer stop and crashed into the operating and administrative buildings of the fruit and wine cooperative (today: "Seeresidenz").

In the 1960s and 1970s, Wädenswil experienced another strong boom. In the Au district in particular, numerous new residential areas were built. The upswing led to a redesign of the center along the main traffic axis Zugerstrasse, but also to protests by young people in the early 1980s. Individual exponents later founded the Ticino Theater .

In 1974 the voters of Wädenswil decided to introduce a parliament to replace the community assembly. At that time the municipal council became a city council, the municipal council office became a town hall.

In 1993, Wädenswil hit the international headlines after the municipal council approved a new municipal code that contained exclusively female formulations . Those eligible to vote rejected the municipal code in a referendum .

On May 21, 2017, a majority of voters in the city of Wädenswil (69%) and the two mountain communities Schönenberg (55%) and Hütten (80%) approved a merger to form the new political municipality of Wädenswil on January 1, 2018. Due to ongoing objections to the merger, the implementation took place one year later.

Register of municipalities before the municipal merger on January 1st, 2019

Community number Parish name
0134 Huts
0140 Schönenberg (ZH)
0142 Waedenswil

The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) has Wädenswil under the new FSO number 0293 after the municipal merger.

coat of arms

Wädenswil coat of arms (Zürcher Chronik 1485–86) by Gerold Edlibach


In red there is a golden clasp with a pin pointing upwards.

The coat of arms goes back to the barons of Wädenswil. Since 1240 they have had a coat clasp in their seal. The seal image was adopted by all legal successors of the medieval barons. The red finish of the background and the golden color of the buckle appeared at the time of the bailiffs in the 16th and 17th centuries. A cross pin adorned the buckle until 1933. The municipal coat of arms commission, which adjusted all Zurich coats of arms for the Swiss National Exhibition in 1939 , reverted to the older form.



Statistics population and areas at the end of 2017

. Waedenswil Schönenberg Huts Waedenswil
Community number 0142 0140 0134 0293
local community individually (so far) individually (so far) individually (so far) united
Area (ha) 1,735 1,102 724 3,561
Agricultural area (ha) 1,096 717 435 2,248
Population (pers.) 21,716 1,844 895 24,455
Population density (inh / km 2 ) 1,251.6 167.3 123.6 686.7
Private households 9,407 762 346 10'515
Population: Home Switzerland (pers.) 16'711 1,643 819 19,173
Population: home abroad (pers.) 5,005 201 76 5'282
Proportion of foreigners (%) 23.0 10.9 8.5 21.6
Population: reformed (pers.) 6,729 830 379 7,938
Population: Catholic (Pers.) 6,083 514 319 6,916
Population: rest / other / no denomination (pers.) 8,904 500 197 9,601


On January 1, 2019, 32.0% of the population in the community of Wädenswil (including the districts of Schönenberg and Hütten) belonged to the Evangelical Reformed Church and 28.0% to the Roman Catholic Church . 40.0% of the population did not belong to any officially registered denomination ( regional church ).

Since the census in 2000, the religious composition of the inhabitants who do not belong to any regional church has not been recorded. At that time, 2.0% were members of a Protestant free church in the city of Wädenswil , 2.0% supported an Orthodox Church and 1.0% belonged to other Christian communities. 5.0% of the population were Muslim and 1.0% professed another religion. The proportion of residents without religious beliefs was 12.0%. As in the rest of the canton of Zurich, the proportion of the population with a Christian denomination outside the regional churches, but especially the proportion of people with a Muslim faith and those without a denomination, has likely increased significantly since then.

The Evangelical Anabaptist Congregation ETG , the Free Evangelical Congregation Fuhr, the Pentecostal Mission Wädenswil, the Evangelical Methodist Church , the Salvation Army , the Advent Mission , the New Apostolic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses are represented in Wädenswil .

A mosque of the Turkish-Islamic community in Wädenswil is housed in a residential building.

District and village associations

Various district associations and a village association in Schönenberg take care of the interests of the population in the following districts:


Municipal council

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A total of 35 seats

The legislature is the local council with 35 seats. The strongest party is the SP with 7 seats. This is followed by SVP and FDP with 6 seats each, CVP and GP with 4 seats each, EVP with 3 seats, GLP and the only locally active Bürgerliche Forum positives Wädenswil ( BFPW ) with 2 seats each and EDU with one seat (as of 2018 ).

City council

The executive is the seven-member city ​​council , in which the FDP and the CVP are each represented with two seats. The SP and the SVP as well as the BFPW each have one seat. The city president is Philipp Kutter (CVP). He is the successor to Ernst Stocker (SVP), who was elected to the Zurich Government Council in 2009 (as of 2018).

Surname Political party Department
Philipp Kutter CVP President of the City Council, Presidential
Ernst Brupbacher BFPW Vice President, Works
Alexia Bishop CVP School and youth
Astrid Furrer FDP Social
Walter Münch FDP Finances
Jonas Erni SP Safety and health
Heini Hauser SVP Plan and build

Esther Ramirez has been the town clerk since January 1, 2019

National elections

In the 2019 National Council elections, the share of the vote in Wädenswil was: SVP 29.3%, SP 13.9%, FDP 13.5%, Greens 13.0%, glp 11.0%, CVP 9.8%, EPP 4.2 %, BDP 1.6%, EDU 1.5%, AL 1.2%.


Silk weaving mill Gessner AG , Wädenswil around 1915
Werkstadt Zürichsee 2019, City of Wädenswil, Rütihof area

The interplay between research and business has been characteristic since Wädenswil became an educational location after the decline of the textile industry . Corresponding initiatives are funded by the founding organization Wädenswil ( grow ). The largest employer is the Zurich University of Applied Sciences , which runs the Life Sciences and Facility Management department in Wädenswil .

The industrialization made Wädenswil in the course of the 19th century became a center of textile industry. In the first years of the 19th century, textile work from home brought the first proto-industrial boom. Numerous factories were built, of which the Seidenweberei Gessner AG, founded in 1833, still exists as a real estate company. In the years around 1900, Wädenswil experienced a second strong boom when factory work replaced home work. In addition to the textile industry, the Blattmann starch factory and the Wädenswil brewery were important employers. In the mid-1970s there was a decline in industry, which today only plays an insignificant role.

The “ Wädi-Brau-Huusbrewery is known beyond the region for its organic hemp beer, among other things . Viticulture is also practiced in Wädenswil (see also the article Viticulture in Switzerland ).

Schönenberg and Hütten are characterized by agriculture. The Tirggelfabrik Suter in Schönenberg is of national importance .

In order to strengthen the city of Wädenswil as a business location, the city council, with the consent of the local council and the population, built a commercial and innovation park called “Werkstadt Zürisee” between 2014 and 2018 in the Rütihof area near the Wädenswil motorway exit, with which around 650 new ones will be created in the future Jobs will be created in over 20 companies.

Statistics number of workplaces and employees full-time equivalents (FTE) at the end of 2016

. Waedenswil Schönenberg Huts Waedenswil
Community number 0142 0140 0134 0293
local community individually (so far) individually (so far) individually (so far) united
Total workplaces 1,600 166 83 1,849
Workplaces in the primary sector 70 45 31 146
Workplaces in the secondary sector 212 31 9 252
Jobs in the tertiary sector 1,318 90 43 1,451
Operations total 1,600 166 83 1,849
Micro businesses (0–9 FTE) 1,440 160 80 1,680
Small farms (10–49 FTE) 140 6th 3 149
Medium-sized companies (50–249 FTE) 19th 0 0 19th
Large companies (250+ FTE) 1 0 0 1
Total FTEs 6,706 423 156 7,285
FTEs in the primary sector 127 74 45 246
FTEs in the secondary sector 1,363 115 11 1,489
FTEs in the tertiary sector 5'216 234 100 5,550


All districts of Wädenswil have good transport links:

Wädenswil is on the Zurich - Chur railway line and is served by four S-Bahn lines belonging to the Zurich Transport Association :

Regional traffic:

  • RegioExpressZurich - Thalwil - Wädenswil - Pfäffikon SZ - Landquart - Chur

The RegioExpress trains connect to the Wädenswil – Einsiedeln route of the Südostbahn . From Wädenswil, two PostBus lines connect Hirzel , Schönenberg and Hütten . Nine bus routes are available within the city. Regular boat connections operate from Wädenswil across Lake Zurich .

The A3 Zurich – Chur motorway and the Hirzelpassstrasse in the direction of Sihlbrugg open up Wädenswil for individual traffic .

Traffic in the other districts:

Art and culture

With the “Theater Ticino” renovated in 2003 and the “Schloss-Cinéma”, Wädenswil has regionally important cultural institutions. In addition, numerous cultural organizers such as the Reading Society founded in 1790 and the "Historische Gesellschaft Wädenswil" operate. There are numerous music associations such as the Wädenswil Chamber Orchestra, the church and oratorio choir, the "Musikverein Harmonie", the brass band trombone choir, the drum club, several male choirs, the concert promoter "ArtArena" and two jazz clubs. Wädenswil has a rich theater life. In addition to the Volkstheater Wädenswil , the Etzelbühne senior theater , the stage free theater group , the Märli musical theater and the Luut and Dütlich theater group are also active.

The Chilbi has a long tradition at the end of August and is one of the largest parish celebrations in the region. In addition, the carnival is one of the highlights of the year.

The landscape painter Johann Gottfried Steffan (1815–1905) is one of the most famous personalities from Wädenswil . The Landi chair by Hans Coray was developed in Wädenswil in 1939.

School and youth


Wädenswil is home to the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the Agroscope . The Upper School of Wädenswil was awarded the Swiss School Prize in 2013.

The elementary school consists of the three levels of kindergarten, primary school and upper level, which is run as a three-part secondary school together with the neighboring communities of Schönenberg and Hütten. While the primary school is part of the political community, there is an independent school community for the upper level . The Upper School Wädenswil won the Swiss School Award in 2013.

University of Wädenswil, Grüental Campus

Numerous educational institutions are based in Wädenswil:

The Culture Collection of Switzerland is located in the village .


The open youth work of the city of Wädenswil works in a goal-oriented manner. Based on the youth policy model, it pursues the central and overarching goal: promoting individual and group-specific identity work in young people to achieve more independence and self-responsibility, within the framework of their own resources, by promoting and supporting personal needs and desires. The open youth work of the city of Wädenswil is mainly active in the areas of group, meeting point and networking work. With the youth houses Sust and Adlerburg, the youth meeting points in the Au and the youth disco G4, the city of Wädenswil operates active youth work.

All major youth organizations such as Cevi , Pfadi and Jungwacht Blauring are represented in Wädenswil . The «Cevi», founded in 1862, is one of the oldest clubs in Wädenswil.

Young actors are trained in the youth film group "WädiWOOD". A film is produced annually. For the film Second Chance , WädiWOOD won the audience award on March 21, 2007 at the Swiss Youth Film Festival. Since summer 2014, WädiWOOD has been a non-profit, politically and denominationally independent association.


Thanks to the prehistoric site of Vorder Au, Wädenswil is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site " Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps ".

Wädenswil district

Wädenswil district
Wädenswil Castle, Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil
Villa Rosenmatt
Reformed Church Wädenswil 1764/67

The Neu-Wädenswil Castle on a hill above the city dates back to the 16th century when it was the administrative seat of the then Landvogtei Wädenswil . In 1804 it burned down during the buck war riots . After it was rebuilt in the classicist style, it became the headquarters of the Agroscope research institute in 1890. The Alt-Wädenswil castle ruins are located in the municipality of Richterswil.

In today's city center, some excellent historic half-timbered farmhouses have been preserved, especially on Türgass and Leigass. The splendid half-timbered house Zur hohlen Eich , built in 1685, was once the location of the local museum.

Some 19th century factory owners' villas are now in public use and are accessible, including the Villa
Rosenmatt (Reformed parish hall) and Villa Neuhof (municipal building authority). They are surrounded by public parks. The assistant , a novel by Robert Walser , is set in Wädenswil. The "Abendstern" house from the novel is not open to the public.

Haus Zur Gerbe and Haus zum Florhof are two stately spinning mill buildings from the early 19th century. Today the headquarters of the city administration is housed in the Florhof.

In the Giessen district there are numerous testimonies of industrial architecture as well as the imposing Giessbach Falls .

Above the Reidbachtobel are the hamlets of Eichmüli , once a farm and spinning mill , today a classy restaurant, and Neuguet , to which a splendid classicist semi-detached house from 1816 belongs.


The churches of the reformed regional church and the catholic church are located in the district of Wädenswil . There are also numerous free churches. The cemetery church is open to all denominations.

Sights in the other districts:


Sports hall Schönenberg ZH

There are several sports facilities in Wädenswil, of which the Eidmatt facility and the football field of FC Wädenswil in the Beicheln are the largest. In addition to the Naglikon , Rothus and Rietliau bathing facilities on Lake Zurich and Bad on Lake Hüttnersee , Wädenswil also has two indoor pools: Untermosen and Steinacher . With the community merger on January 1, 2019, the sports facilities of Schönenberg and Hütten also belong to the city of Wädenswil.

  • The Wädenswil football club is the city's most popular sports club and was the football club with the most members in Switzerland in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The first team of the FCW plays in the second division.
  • The handball club Wädenswil rose in 2015 to the National League B.
  • The table tennis club Wädenswil, which has been represented in the top division in Switzerland for several years, is successful.
  • The gymnastics club Wädenswil was founded in 1848 and has over 700 members in top and popular sports.
  • At the end of the 2007 season, the inline hockey club "Schneepilze Wädenswil", which was only involved in one regional game operation and tournaments, had won the championship eight times out of nine participations (1999-2001, 2003-2007).
  • The newest sports club in Wädenswil is the "Wadin Knights" floorball club. It was founded in 2000.
  • The "Seeclub Wädenswil" rowing club, founded in 1901, has a regatta department and has already provided participants for world championships, Olympics and national competitions.



Since the center was redesigned along the main Zugerstrasse traffic axis between 1973 and 1978, unresolved traffic issues have preoccupied politics. In 1996, all parties signed a «postulate for open central planning», which came to nothing. In 2002 the city council launched the «Wädensville» planning project. It serves as a platform for the discussion of open planning questions that should lead to a solution specifically at the station square. In 2006, the city's residents decided that the outdated Dosenbach house at the train station would be demolished and that the bus stop would be enlarged and roofed over instead.

Aircraft noise

Wädenswil is located in the south of Zurich Airport . Since October 2003, part of the population has felt annoyed by aircraft noise from so-called southern approaches and, since the instrument landing system (ILS) for runway 28 at Zurich Airport went into operation in October 2006, also from so-called eastern approaches, which take place contrary to the corresponding spatial planning. Resistance to this aircraft noise is organized in the association Flugschneise Süd - NEIN (VFSN), which has a section in Wädenswil. The aircraft noise, which is particularly significant on weekends, is measured locally.


With birthplace Wädenswil

With place of residence or work in Wädenswil


  • Chronicle of the reading society Wädenswil. Volume 1. (digitized version)
  • Albert Hauser : The economic and social development of a farming village into an industrial community: Modern economic history of the Zurich community of Wädenswil. Wädenswil 1956.
  • Peter Ziegler : Wädenswil. 2 volumes. Wädenswil 1970–1971.
  • Peter Ziegler: Church Wädenswil. Stutz publishing house, Wädenswil 1983.
  • Peter Ziegler: Churches and chapels around Lake Zurich. Th. Gut Verlag, Stäfa 2000.
  • Peter Ziegler: The Au yesterday - today. Publishing house Stutz, Wädenswil 1990.
  • Thomas Bitterli, Daniel Grütter: Alt-Wädenswil: From Freiherrenturm to Ordensburg. Basel 2001, ISBN 3-908182-11-5 .
  • Wädenswil from head to toe. Wädenswil Tourist Office, Wädenswil 1981.
  • Yearbook of the city of Wädenswil . Verlag Stutz, Wädenswil, annually since 1975.
  • Art guide through Switzerland. Volume 1. Ed. Society for Swiss Art History GSK, Bern 2005.
  • 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 : Wädenswil  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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