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Wetzikon ZH
Coat of arms of Wetzikon ZH
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Hinwilw
BFS no. : 0121i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8620, 8623
Coordinates : 702 413  /  241991 coordinates: 47 ° 19 '15 "  N , 8 ° 47' 36"  O ; CH1903:  seven hundred and two thousand four hundred and thirteen  /  241991
Height : 535  m above sea level M.
Height range : 508–739 m above sea level M.
Area : 16.81  km²
Residents: i24,809 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 1476 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
25.3% (December 31, 2018)
City President : Ruedi Rüfenacht ( EPP )
Website: www.wetzikon.ch
Wetzikon seen from the Bachtel.  In the middle of the picture on the right the Pfäffikersee, on the far left the Greifensee.

Wetzikon seen from the Bachtel .
In the middle of the picture on the right the Pfäffikersee ,
on the far left the Greifensee .

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 Wetzikon ZH
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Aerial photo of Wetzikon towards Pfäffikersee by Walter Mittelholzer (1931)

Wetzikon ( Zurich German Wetzike [ˈʋetsikχə] ) is the largest political municipality in the Hinwil district of the Swiss canton of Zurich . The city ​​has 24,809 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in the canton.

Wetzikon is located on the Pfäffikersee and in close proximity to the mountainous landscape of the Zurich Oberland. Together with the former civil parishes of Robenhausen , Kempten , Oberwetzikon, Unterwetzikon, Ettenhausen and Robank, Wetzikon forms the largest village in the Hinwil district .

The city of Wetzikon is divided into the central zone, residential quarters, industrial quarters and adjacent recreational areas . The commercial center of Wetzikon is in Oberwetzikon around the Reformed Church (1895–1897). The Unterwetzikon center with the train station is an important hub in the traffic network of the Zurich Oberland, connecting the buses of the Zurich Lake and Oberland (VZO) public transport with the SBB S-Bahn.

With over 1,100 companies and around 11,000 jobs, Wetzikon is a driving economic force in the region. The top industries include companies in the fields of mechanics , mechanical engineering and apparatus construction , electrical engineering , electronics , logistics , trade fair , architecture and design . Wetzikon is also a regional educational location with the Zürcher Oberland KZO , the commercial vocational school and the vocational school. As the health care center of the Zürcher Oberland GZO, Wetzikon supplies the entire region.

coat of arms

The municipal coat of arms of Wetzikon is emblazoned as a golden pole in black, topped with three green lanterns with red flames . The coat of arms dates from the 16th century; the colors black and yellow go back to the coat of arms of the barons of Wetzikon-Kempten, the three traffic lights are obviously a redesign of the three rings in the coat of arms of the Landenbergs and symbolize "the eternal light of the Christian faith".


Wetzikon is located in the Hinwil district. Wetzikon shares the Pfäffikersee with the municipalities of Seegräben and Pfäffikon ZH . Other neighboring communities are Bäretswil , Hinwil , Gossau ZH and Mönchaltorf (exclave Heusberg, with a common border of almost 500 m).


The Zurich Oberland lies in the border area between cold and warm air and has a varied climate. In Wetzikon, due to its higher elevation ( 535  m above sea level ), it is not quite as warm as on Lake Zurich , but less fog is measured between autumn and spring than in the lower elevations. The warmest months are between June and August with an average of 23.5 ° C during the day and 13 hours of sunshine, the coldest months are December and January with an average of 2.5 ° C.


In the north, Wetzikon borders on the Riet, an extensive recreational area that leads over to the Pfäffikersee . In the south, the settlement area meshes with an extensive cultural landscape. In the west, the topography consists of characteristic drumlins , ice age formations that were created by the advance of the glaciers. And in the east you come across the foothills of the Alps. In the historical development of Wetzikon, the early settlement cores emerged at the traffic intersections. In the course of early industrialization, water power was used as an energy source along the streams (see industrial history).

Auslikon lido on Lake Pfäffikersee

Nature reserve



The nature reserve is located in the Zurich Oberland between Wetzikon and Dürnten . Various drumlins , moors and forests run through the landscape worthy of protection, which in turn can be divided into individual areas or landscape types.


The Ambitzgiriet is located south of the Unterwetziker forest and north of Hellberg. The Riet runs partly along the Brüschweidstrasse (main street) and lies in a long depression through which the Brüschgraben traverses. In addition, a small dirt road runs south of the Riet, which takes you to the center of the area. The Bönlerriet extends north of the Brüschgraben and is bordered by two small drumlins on the west side. Afterwards it is bounded on the east by the Unterwetziker forest. The elongated Schwändiriet is located north of the Unterwetziker forest and runs along the Mostbach. It is much smaller than the Ambitzgiriet and on the east side the tracks run towards Hinwil. The small Chliriet stretches from the hamlet of Hellberg to the railway embankment in the northeast. The Oberhöflerriet comes to rest in front of the Chliriet in a depression above the railway bed. The Mostbach crosses the area completely. The Hinwilerstrasse touches the Riet in an elongated S-curve and borders it in an easterly direction.


The elongated long-belt timber is located directly south of the Ambitzgiriet and is traversed by Brüschweidstrasse for around 300 m. On the eastern side it is bounded by the railway line and on the opposite side by Alt Hellberg. The Unterwetziker forest stands on the northern edge of the nature reserve and is still occupied by the Schwändiriet. Since it is close to the industrial area of ​​Unterwetzikon, it represents the entrance to the rest of the nature reserve. The Pfaffenholz forest connects to the Unterwetziker forest and ends near the motorway slip road from Hinwil. It lies north of the Oberhöflerriet and is crossed by the Pfaffenholzbächli. In addition to the three large and important forests, there are around ten smaller ones.


In total there are four important surface waters in the nature reserve: Pfaffenholzbächli, Mostbach, Brüschgraben and Schöneichbach. The longest is the Mostbach, which extends from the Oberhöflerriet to the Schöneich. The Pfaffenholzbächli is the first to join the Pfaffenholz forest near the Hinwilerriet. This is followed by a small tributary of the Brüschgraben and finally the Schöneichbach. The Schöneichbach has the catchment area of ​​Grüt-Allenberg and is also a relief water for the municipal sewage system. The catchment area of ​​the Mostbach includes the drumlin and moor areas as well as agricultural land.


At the end of 2019, 24,985 people lived in Wetzikon (source: municipality portrait canton of Zurich)

nationality 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 76.8% 76.5% 76.1% 76.7% 75.7% 75.3% 75.0% 74.8% 74.7%
ItalyItaly Italy 5.5% 5.2% 5.2% 5.2% 5.1% 5.2% 5.3% 5.3% 5.1%
GermanyGermany Germany 3.9% 3.9% 4.2% 4.2% 4.0% 3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 3.8%
PortugalPortugal Portugal 2.4% 2.6% 2.9% 3.0% 3.2% 3.3% 3.3% 3.1% 3.3%
KosovoKosovo Kosovo 1.2% 1.4% 1.6% 2.1% 2.2% 2.3% 2.4% 2.6% 2.5%
TurkeyTurkey Turkey 1.7% 1.7% 1.7% 1.6% 1.5% 1.3% 1.3% 1.2% 1.2%
North MacedoniaNorth Macedonia North Macedonia 1.1% 1.1% 1.2% 1.1% 1.2% 1.2% 1.3% 1.3% 1.2%
SerbiaSerbia Serbia 1.8% 1.7% 1.5% 1.1% 1.0% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 0.8%
AustriaAustria Austria 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7%
SpainSpain Spain 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.6% 0.6% 0.7%

Source: Wetzikon municipality

Population development in the city of Wetzikon
year 1850 1900 1930 1950 1970 1980 1990 2000 2005 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Residents 3,364 5,690 6,904 8,017 13,469 15,750 16,798 18'079 19,313 22,081 22,636 23'254 23,659 23,887 24,373 24,564 24,452 24,764 24,985

Source: The figures from 1970-2019 come from the Statistical Office of the Canton of Zurich, cantonal population survey, community profile


The Zürcher Oberland is the local daily newspaper and official publication organ for the Zürcher Oberland. In addition, the weekly newspaper “regio.ch” appears, which is distributed to all households as a free newspaper.


Along with Uster, Wetzikon is an educational city with a wide range of basic and advanced training opportunities for the entire region. The Zürcher Oberland (KZO) Cantonal School , built in 1955, is the canton's first rural secondary school, which in 2013 prepared around 1,400 young people in 50 classes in all high school subjects for colleges or universities. The KV Wetzikon business school and the vocational school also enjoy a good reputation in the canton. There are also over two dozen public and private educational institutions, such as the BWS career choice and further education school, the Zürcher Oberland free vocational school, the Rudolf Steiner school, the HBS commercial and office school, the Wetzikon art school and the commercial college.


City council

In the executive, seven part-time city ​​councilors manage the fortunes of the fourth largest city (excluding Zurich and Winterthur) in the canton of Zurich in two sessions per month.

For the term of office from 2018 to 2022, the city council is composed as follows:

  • Remo Vogel ( CVP )
  • Ruedi Rüfenacht ( EPP )
  • Susanne Sieber ( FDP )
  • Pascal Bassu ( SP )
  • Marco Martino ( SVP )
  • Heinrich Vettiger (SVP)
  • Jürg Schuler (FDP)

The city president is Ruedi Rüfenacht (EPP).

Municipal Parliament

A total of 36 seats

On September 23, 2012, it was decided at the ballot box with a yes-vote share of 57.56%, with a participation of 39.97%, to introduce a community parliament. At the same time, the amalgamation of the primary school community with the political community was approved. Basically, the population wanted a community organization with a large community council as early as 1973, but concrete proposals for voting were rejected six times between 1977 and 2009. The additional decision-making instrument of the ballot box was introduced in Wetzikon in 1954. Before that, all resolutions were passed by the local council and the local assembly. In the referendum on February 12, 2017, the electorate decided to dissolve the secondary school community of Wetzikon-Seegräben and to form a unified community.

The first elections took place on March 30, 2014, with a turnout of 30.82%. Eleven parties and groups made it into the first parliament.

The municipal parliament, the great municipal council, is composed as follows (status 2018, for the 2018-2021 legislature):

National elections

In the 2019 National Council elections, the share of the vote in Wetzikon was: SVP 30.4%, Greens 14.8%, SP 13.8%, FDP 11.5%, glp 11.0%, EPP 5.5%, CVP 4.7 %, EDU 4.4%, BDP 1.6%, AL 1.0%.

Twin cities

  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic Mělník , Czech Republic - since 1991
  • ItalyItaly Badolato , Italy - since 2010

Economy and Infrastructure

Wetzikon: Logs being loaded onto the railway

After Uster, Wetzikon is the second largest business location in the Zurich Oberland . In Wetzikon there are commercial enterprises such as Reichle & De-Massari , Kaba Schliesssysteme , Elma Electronic and the bank Avera cooperative . Daimler AG supplies the Swiss market with spare parts through the European Logistics Center in Wetzikon.

The largest employers include the Zürcher Oberland GZO (regional hospital, a public limited company since 2008) with 700 employees, the Zürcher Oberland KZO canton school with 170 teachers and the Sonnweid hospital with 280 employees.


Public transport

Wetzikon ZH station: in front of tracks 1 and 2 / train to Uster on track 5
Wetzikon ZH train station: On the far left, goods shed / sidewalk between tracks: left track 3 to Rapperswil and right track 4 from Hinwil

Wetzikon is a regional traffic junction that connects the buses of the Zurich Lake and Oberland VZO transport companies with the S-Bahn . There are two train stations in the urban area of ​​Wetzikon: the Wetzikon train station and the Kempten train station . The following S-Bahn lines operate:

All four lines stop at Wetzikon station. Only the S 3 stops at Kempten station .

The following bus lines exist that are served by the VZO:

In addition, there are the following bus routes that are operated by Postauto AG :

Road traffic

The city of Wetzikon is the junction of important road connections to Zurich , Rapperswil and the Zurich Oberland. Pass Wetzikon, coming from the Aathal , take Zürcherstrasse to Hinwil and , coming from Pfäffikon ZH , take Pfäffikerstrasse. The motorway is only a few minutes away by car. The cities of Winterthur , St. Gallen and the borders with Germany can be reached quickly and easily via the dense network of national roads.

With the planned closure of the gap in the Oberlandautobahn between Uster and Wetzikon, Wetzikon is to be connected directly to the motorway network in the future. The city will then be located on a direct motorway connecting Germany-Italy via San Bernardino .



Affiliation 1990 2000 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Roman Catholic Church 33.9% 32.7% 29.29% 28.96% 29.06% 29.05% 28.83% 28.72% 28.70% 27.88% 27.62%
Evangelical Reformed Regional Church 50.4% 43.0% 34.21% 32.99% 31.90% 31.11% 30.46% 29.49% 28.36% 27.64% 26.86%
Christian Catholic Church 0.07% 0.08% 0.09% 0.09% 0.08% 0.07% 0.07% 0.07% 0.07%
Jewish liberal community 0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% 0.00%
Israelitische cultusgemeinde Zurich <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% <0.01% 0.00%

Source: Wetzikon municipality

Christian Free Churches are the Adventist Church , the Evangelical Bible Congregation, the Methodist Church , the Evangelical Free Church , the Free Christian Congregation , the Free Evangelical Congregation , the Church for Christ (formerly: Evangelical Brotherhood), the Church of Christians , the ICF Zürcher Oberland , and the Christian Church (CGW). Most of them are networked with one another in the "Christian Wetzikon Network".

Are also represented the Christian Science , the Mormons , the New Apostolic Church and Jehovah's Witnesses .

There are also two cultural associations with different religious denominations.

Church history

Ratpoldschilch / Reformed Church

The former Ratpoldskirche was built by the nobleman Ratpold as his own church. It is mentioned in a document from 857 or 858 as Ratpoldeschirichun . There is no record of what the church looked like. It was mentioned for the last time in a document in 1320. The village around the church was not called Oberwetzikon as it is today, but Ratpoldskilch. There is talk of a church in Wetzikon again in 1334, but it may already have been a new church. In August 1527 the altars were removed as part of the Reformation . From 1571 the baptisms and from 1572 the marriages were recorded. A gallery was built in the Wetzik church in 1584 and a new pulpit in 1616. The nave was replaced by a larger new building in 1713, which offered space for 800 people. This church existed until 1895. The current neo-Gothic reformed church in Oberwetzikon was built at the same location by the Basel architect Paul Reber and opened on February 14, 1897. In 1977 and 1978 the interior was renovated and a new organ was added.

Catholic Church

The canton of Zurich was evangelically reformed until industrialization. As a result of industrialization , people from Catholic cantons and countries moved in. In 1890 there were 480 Catholics in Wetzikon who celebrated services in a barn in Robenhausen . From 1893 there was a rectory with a prayer room in Ringetshalden. In 1923 the architect Joseph Steiner built the St. Franziskuskirche on the Guldisloo in neo-Romanesque style. In 1975 the Holy Spirit Church in Kempten was consecrated. It is the largest of the 17 Fastenopfer churches built in Switzerland .

Baptists and Free Churches

Free Evangelical Congregation, building from 1982.

Since about 1524 there have been Protestant Anabaptists in the Zurich region who baptized the believers as adults. In 1633 two Anabaptists were reported from Wetzikon based on the census. The Anabaptists were harassed by the authorities, sometimes killed and driven out. In 1734 supporters of the Anabaptist movement from Ettenhausen, which today belongs to Wetzikon, were put in the trullet for negligent church attendance in the Reformed church. In Wetzikon today there are various Protestant free churches which, like the original Anabaptists, practice adult baptism. The FEG, for example, should be named: From 1868 a congregation founded by preachers from the Moravian Brethren met in the Chämptner Moos . From 1911 it was called Christian Community Kempten, from 1932 Free Evangelical Congregation Kempten and from 1965 Free Evangelical Congregation Wetzikon .

General story


The place Wetzikon is first mentioned in a document in 1044 as Weizenchovan . It is formed from the Old High German male personal name Wazo or Wezo and means "at the courts of the people of Wazo / Wezo". An older testimony, dated to 857/858, than in Ratpoldeschirichun (“near the church of Ratbold”) refers to Oberwetzikon; this name can only be traced back to 1320.

Prehistory and early history

The advantages of the climate and the adjacent lake attracted people who lived from fishing and agriculture to the area 5000 years ago . In 1858 the farmer Jakob Messikommer from Wetzik discovered the remains of a pile dwelling settlement in the Robenhauser Riet , which caused a great stir internationally. In 1888, in a sensational find in Robank, a Celtic princely grave with a diameter of 40 meters was discovered, dating from around 500 BC.

Excavation by Jakob Messikommer at the Wetzikon-Robenhausen site

Around 100 to 200 AD, Wetzikon played a role in the expansion of the Roman Empire , as excavations show. On the Römerstrasse , which led from Oberwinterthur to Kempraten via Kempten , there is said to have been a street village with a market place (Victus), which the Romans called "Campodunum" or "Campitunum". In the vicinity of the Ochsenkreisel, a villa rustica from this period was discovered, a residential building with various outbuildings, the largest of which had an impressive 270 m². The excavated foundations of the Kemptner Gutshof show a more or less constant settlement since Roman times.

Middle Ages and early modern times

The jurisdiction of Wetzikon was established in the High Middle Ages. Barons of Wetzikon can be identified from 1229 onwards, whose descent from the de Weihenchovan , mentioned in the so-called Hunfried deed of 1044, is doubtful. By 1320 at the latest, the Wetzikon rulership was owned by the Ebersbergers, while the line of the Wetziker barons possibly continued to exist as the lords of Kempten until around 1400.

The Lords of Kempten had been followers of the Counts of Habsburg , who had taken over Kyburg in 1264 , since the middle of the 13th century . Gerung von Kempten was a fief of the Habsburg courts in Gossau. The reference to the Habsburgs was the only possibility for the Lords of Kempten to preserve themselves. The Habsburgs achieved extensive territorial rule in the region.

In the 14th century, the up-and-coming Zurich acquired the former Habsburg administrative districts, including the Greifensee with Robank and Robenhausen (1402), the Grüningen with Kempten and Wetzikon (1408) and the Kyburg with Ettenhausen (1424).

Wetzikon Castle, still owned by the Habsburgs in the 14th century, came after several changes of ownership to the Breitenlandenberger around 1430 , and around 1526 as a private property to the rich farmer Heini Weber von Egg. The jurisdiction of Wetzikon included Ober- and Unterwetzikon, Walfershausen, Stegen, Ober- and Untermedikon, Neubruch and the farms Böhnler (today in Gossau ), Erlosen and Bossikon (today in Hinwil ).

Wetzikon Castle 1742. Etching by David Herrliberger

It was not until 1581 that the Wetzikon rule came under direct administration of the Zurich patriciate, initially to the Escher family (vom Luchs), and from 1606 to 1755 to the Meiss family.

The 18th and 19th centuries

In the spring of 1798, French revolutionary troops occupied Switzerland and overthrew the feudal state. The Kemptner and Wetziker court lords had to cede their privileges to the newly founded Helvetic Republic and lost all income. The coup was followed by a war between the French and the troops from Austria, who came to the aid of the aristocrats. This war emptied the community's coffers. Johann Ludwig Wiser, the last lord of the court at Wetzikon Castle, got infected while feeding sick military men and died in 1802 of nervous fever.

Until the beginning of the Helvetic Republic in 1798, the villages of today's municipality of Wetzikon had little to do with each other. The area lay in the border area of ​​three Zurich bailiffs: Ettenhausen belonged to the bailiff of Kyburg , the neighboring Kempten with Oberwetzikon and the bailiff of Grüningen , while the bailiff of Greifensee was responsible for Robenhausen and Robank . Kempten was subordinate to the court lords of Kempten, Ober- and Unterwetzikon to those of Wetzikon and Walfershausen. Up until the 18th century there was nothing to suggest that the so-called village communities would later be merged into the same community.

In the 1920s, the government and district councils called for the dissolution of the civil parishes. A large number of district councils invited the civil administrations to an orientation on October 12, 1927. On November 17, 1928, all businesses and municipal goods were handed over to the political community . Since then, the formerly independent village and civil parishes of Wetziker have become parts of the community.

Industrial history

No epoch has changed Wetzikon's village and settlement image as much as the industrial revolution in the 19th century. New settlements with factory buildings and workers' houses were built along the Aabach and Kemptnerbach rivers. In 1857 Wetzikon was connected to the railway network through the continuation of the Wallisellen-Uster Glattallinie , followed by the opening of the Kemptallinie in 1876. Between 1792 and 1900 the number of houses rose from 210 to 904.

View of the Schönau spinning mill with the water overflow on the left and the canal on the right that comes out of the turbine.
Aerial photo of the Floos spinning mill in Aathal by Walter Mittelholzer (1925)

Up until 1820 the Aabach and the Kemptnerbach were no man's land for settlement. In 1821, the first factory was the Floos spinning mill, a 20.5 meter long and 18 meter wide building; the Schönau spinning mill was inaugurated two years later. The building owner used the stones from the demolished east tower of his castle, which he owned at the time, as building material. In the second half of the 19th century, factories were lined up on the two rivers, making use of hydropower. One of the most densely built-up industrial zones in Switzerland was created along the Aabach to Greifensee.

In 1899 electricity was introduced in Wetzikon. In 1901 the Medikon gasworks started producing hard coal gas. The first large factory that was not built on the water was the “First Swiss Motor Vehicle Factory” opened in Robenhausen in 1898.

In the sixties, the following companies were among the figureheads of the Wetzik economic life:

  • Trucks and buses from the manufacturer Franz Brozincevic & Cie. (FBW).
  • Rolba AG , which among other things built the largest snow clearing machines in the world (still in use at Zurich Airport today ).
  • Gubelmann and Bosshard-Bühler weaving mills
  • Sullana, cigarette factory
  • Honegger foundry
  • Kemp AG
  • Mechanical Hardware Factory Kempten (MEK)
  • Colgate-Cosmina-Steinfels AG
  • Idewe, Dürsteler AG, silk stocking factory

Archive for local history

The history wiki of the official documentation center of the city of Wetzikon went online on March 2, 2010: Sources on the history of Wetzikon are stored in the local history archive and made digitally accessible on the wetzipedia portal.

Culture and sights

Wetzikon has a rich cultural offer. The cultural organizations Scala Wetzikon, Kulturfabrik, Kulturplatz Wetzikon, Top Klassik Oberland (Musikkollegium Zürcher Oberland), camera.lit.obscura and Jazz-Club Zürich Oberland organize concerts, exhibitions, theater and dance evenings. Wetzikon also has the Palace cinema and the kultino cinema.

Every two years the city awards the chapeau! Wetzikon culture prize , which honors people or groups for their cultural work. Previous winners were Sylvia Zumbach (2015), artist; camera.lit.obscura (2013), author readings, Sieglinde Wittwer (2011), artist; René Müller (2009), founder of the Musikkollegium Zürcher Oberland and Christian Labhart, filmmaker (ex aequo); Alena Cherny (2007), pianist; Herbert Augsburger (2005), photographer, Sonja Duò-Meyer (2003), ceramist. In alternation, the Wetziker Flamme club and functionary award is awarded every year .


The FBW Museum, which opened in 1998, shows an impressive cross-section through the history of commercial vehicle construction and the industrialist Franz Brozincevic . Between 1916 and 1985, around 7,000 trucks, articulated lorries, army vehicles, fire engines, car and trolley buses as well as post buses and coaches were manufactured in Wetzikon. The Wetzikon Museum , which documents the cultural history of Wetzikon with a variety of objects from the Neolithic to the 21st century, is well worth a visit . The dinosaur museum in neighboring Aathal is also attracting a lot of national attention .

The Wetzikon Museum shows local traditions through the ages, the development of industry and the population. It is open every first and third Sunday of the month, with regularly changing special exhibitions.


Thanks to the well-developed infrastructure, there are numerous sports clubs in Wetzikon. The ice hockey club Wetzikon EHCW is the only club in the region that can also train on its own ice in the Wetzikon artificial ice rink in summer. The Wetzikon Curling Club, which has already produced several Swiss champions and whose women's team achieved 2nd place at the 1984 World Championships in Perth, trains in the neighboring hall . The gymnastics club STV Wetzikon and the football club Wetzikon FCW are among the oldest and largest sports clubs in the region. The Wetzikon Cyclist Association has also produced several top cyclists in cycling, including Albert Zweifel and Herrmann Gretener. The Meierwiesen sports facilities, the Meierwiesen swimming pool, the Auslikon lido on the Pfäffikersee and the various cycling and hiking trails around Wetzikon are also popular for sporting activities .

The city of Wetzikon offers the following sports activities:

  • a multifunctional artificial ice rink with two ice fields which can also be used as an event hall
  • Curling hall with 6 rinks
  • 4 soccer fields, including 2 artificial turf fields
  • Finnbahn
  • Beach volleyball court with 3 playing fields
  • various gyms
  • Hard courts for basketball, handball and tennis
  • Indoor and outdoor tennis courts
  • Badminton and squash hall
  • Meierwiesen outdoor pool
  • Auslikon lido
  • cozy hiking area
  • 2.2 km long Vita-Parcours
  • well signposted cycle path network
  • Bowling center

There are over 50 sports clubs in Wetzikon. Mention should be made of the ice skating club Zürcher Oberland, handball club Wetzikon, volleyball club Wetzikon, basketball club KZO Wetzikon, the floorball club Schwarz-Gelb Wetzikon and the judo club Wetzikon .


Photo gallery


Web links

Commons : Wetzikon  - 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. a b c Lexicon of Swiss municipality names . Edited by the Center de Dialectologie at the University of Neuchâtel under the direction of Andres Kristol. Frauenfeld / Lausanne 2005, p. 963.
  4. The barons of Wetzikon died out around 1300 and are historically elusive. Your coat of arms was apparently taken over by the nobles of Landenberg (Hohenlandenberg) and used as the coat of arms of the Greifensee rule . The village coat of arms of Wetzikon can be found in its current form on the Grüninger Ämterscheibe from 1587. On a status disc from 1598, however, the three traffic lights are arranged horizontally ( Kempten had its own village coat of arms in black and yellow in the 16th century, now in use as the district coat of arms) . The Wetziker coat of arms continued to be used in the 17th century. After 1798, Wetzikon and Kempten went together to the Uster district and no longer had the municipal coat of arms, although the Wetziker coat of arms can still be found on the bells of the Reformed Church, which were consecrated in 1897. The reintroduction of the municipal coat of arms happened through a municipal council resolution of March 16, 1927. See also Wetzikon then and now (wetzikon.ch) ; Felix Meier, History of the Municipality of Wetzikon (1881; wetzipedia.ch ; Zürcher Dorfwappen , Part 2, Stiftung Schweizer Wappen und Flahnen , Issue 11 (2008)).
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