Zell 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 Zellf .
Coat of arms of Zell
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton ZurichCanton Zurich Zurich (ZH)
District : Winterthurw
BFS no. : 0231i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8483 Kollbrunn
8486 Rikon im Tösstal
8487 Rämismühle
8487 Zell
Coordinates : 704 450  /  256297 coordinates: 47 ° 26 '57 "  N , 8 ° 49' 25"  O ; CH1903:  seven hundred and four thousand four hundred and fifty  /  256297
Height : 541  m above sea level M.
Height range : 481–781 m above sea level M.
Area : 12.97  km²
Residents: 6032 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 465 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
Unemployment rate : 1.90%
Mayor : Regula Ehrismann
Website: www.zell.ch
Roundabout system Tösstal-, Weisslinger-, Dorfstrasse in Kollbrunn (municipality of Zell ZH)

Roundabout system Tösstal-, Weisslinger-, Dorfstrasse in Kollbrunn (municipality of Zell ZH)

Location of the municipality
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Zell is a municipality in the Winterthur district of the canton of Zurich in Switzerland . It is located in the Tösstal , bordering the Zurich Oberland , and consists of several places, the largest of which are in the valley.

coat of arms


In green a silver garden snail crawling heraldically to the left

The symbolic meaning is not clear. It first appeared in 1845 on a lantern from the fire department of the village of Zell. In 1930 the municipality took over the coat of arms.


In addition to the village of the same name, the municipality of Zell consists of the villages of Rikon , Kollbrunn and Rämismühle , as well as the hamlets of Oberlangenhard , Unterlangenhard , Lettenberg , Schoren and Garten . Of the municipal area, 43% is agricultural land, 42% forest, 12% settlement area and 3% is used for traffic.

The highest point of the community is the Höchholz above Schoren (791 m. Above sea ​​level ), the lowest point is the Töss on the community boundary to the city of Winterthur (483 m. Above  sea ​​level).


The community is governed by a seven-member local council, the current mayor is Regula Ehrismann (EPP). There are local parties of the SP, SVP, FDP, EPP and the civil parish association of Zell. The legislative body is the municipal assembly .

In the 2019 cantonal elections, the parties achieved the following shares of the vote: SVP has 28.50%, EVP 19.29%, SP 14.39%, GLP 10.09%, Greens 9.28%, FDP 8.65%, EDU 3, 79%, CVP 2.96%, BDP 1.89% and AL 1.18% of the vote. The high proportion of votes in the EPP can be explained by Cantonal Councilor Markus Schaaf , who comes from Zell.


The population of the individual districts of Zell: (as of December 31, 2018)

Residents place
Kollbrunn 2627
Rikon 1637
Cell 888
Rämismühle 568
Oberlangenhard 152
Unterlangenhard 96
Lettenberg 26th
Schooren 9
garden 6th
Ober Rüti 8th
Total 6017


Aerial photo (1957)

The place Zell was first mentioned in writing in 741 as Cella . The village belonged to an Alemannic noble family and a member of this family donated the village to the Lützelau monastery . In 744 this became the property of the St. Gallen Monastery . Over the following centuries ownership changed again and again, first to the County of Kyburg , later to the Habsburgs and finally to the Zurichers after the end of the old Zurich War .

The political municipality of Zell developed after the withdrawal of the French troops in 1799 and has existed in its current form since 1934, after Hinterrikon was the last district to join the municipality.


In 1960, the Zäller Wiehnacht , a musical nativity play and Singspiel ( school opera ) by Paul Burkhard in Zurich German , was performed for the first time in the village church in Zell . Actors, storytellers and singers were all children. This nativity play has now been performed in many churches and schools and is the most famous nativity play in Switzerland.


Inscription on the school building in Zell

There are six churches and one Tibetan monastery in the Zell area:

  • The oldest of these churches is the Evangelical Reformed Church in Zell. Archaeological excavations show that a Roman villa once stood in its place. The oldest Christian predecessor building dates back to the 8th century. A hermit's grave was also found in its walls, who gave the place its name to Zell (Celle = cell = hermit cell). The current church was built in the early 16th century. The tower with the choir already belonged to a previous church. The rich wall paintings in the tower choir are remarkable
  • The second Evangelical Reformed church in the municipality is located in the Kollbrunn district on Kirchstrasse . It was built in 1950.
  • The Roman Catholic Church of Zell St. Antonius is also located in the Kollbrunn district on Bahnhofstrasse . Built in 1898 for the immigrant Catholic working-class families, it is now a rare architectural testimony to a type of building that was widespread at the time in the Canton of Zurich: a simple, single-nave church with a rectory attached to the choir. Today, this type of building can only be found a second time in the canton of Zurich, namely at the church of St. Pirminius in Pfungen.
  • The Free Evangelical Community built a chapel in 1884 at today's Mühlestrasse 10 in Rämismühle. In 1887 the community joined the St. Chrischona pilgrimage mission . Since the chapel no longer met the needs and regulations, the community moved to Wila in 2012 to a modern hall on the upper floor of a carpenter's workshop.
  • The chapel of the Free Missionary Congregation Kollbrunn is located at Untere Bahnhofstrasse 15 .
  • The New Apostolic Church is located in the Rikon district at Spiegelweg 2.
  • The Rikon Buddhist Tibet Institute , which opened in 1968, is located in the Rikon district . It is the only Buddhist monastery outside of Asia to date. The focus of the monastery is: preservation and care of the local cultural assets, pastoral care and teaching.

Other attractions include the Tüfels Chilen , a spring tufa that was created by two former stone quarries from the 19th century. A Paul Burkhard path continues from the Rämismühle-Zell train station to the village of Zell, dedicated to the Swiss composer Paul Burkhard , who spent the rest of his life in Zell.

Transport links

The municipality of Zell is connected to the network of the Zurich S-Bahn with the three train stations Kollbrunn , Rikon and Rämismühle-Zell of the Tösstalbahn . The S 26 Winterthur - Bauma - Rüti ZH runs from each of the three stops . Since December 2018, the S 11 Aarau - Lenzburg - Dietikon - Zurich HB - Stettbach - Winterthur - Seuzach / Sennhof-Kyburg (- Wila ) of the S-Bahn Zurich has also been running . It only runs during rush hour and serves the Kollbrunn and Rikon stations .

The following post bus line also runs from Kollbrunn train station:

832 Kollbrunn - Weisslingen - Theilingen - Rumlikon - Russikon - Fehraltorf

The following night bus line operates on the weekends:

N68 Winterthur - Kollbrunn - Rikon im Tösstal - Zell ZH - Turbenthal - Wila

It only stops to get off the bus except at the Rikon im Tösstal station, train station.

The Zell ZH, Hand stop, which is away from the community center, is served by the Postbus line 682 Elgg - Hofstetten ZH - Oberschlatt - Girenbad on weekends.


  • Hans Martin Gubler, Art Monuments of Switzerland Volume 76 "The Art Monuments of the Canton of Zurich Volume 7 The District of Winterthur Southern Part" Society for Swiss Art History GSK Bern 1986 ISBN 3-7643-1786-8 pp. 112-171.

Known residents

Web links

Commons : Zell ZH  - Collection of pictures, 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. a b facts about the municipality of Zell. Municipality of Zell, March 2, 2019, accessed on March 2, 2019 .
  3. ^ Municipality of Zell ZH: parties. Municipality of Zell ZH, March 28, 2019, accessed on March 28, 2019 .
  4. Results of the 2019 cantonal elections. Canton of Zurich, accessed on March 28, 2019 .
  5. a b History of the municipality of Zell. Municipality of Zell, accessed on March 28, 2019 .
  6. Homage in the cradle of the “Zäller Wienacht”, premiere of the documentary “O mein Papa” in the church in Zell. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, September 7, 2007 . Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  7. Christian Renfer, Roland Böhmer: The Reformed Church Zell. (Swiss Art Guide, No. 809, Series 81). Ed.  Society for Swiss Art History GSK. Bern 2007, ISBN 978-3-85782-809-6 .
  8. ^ A b Website of the Reformed Church in Zell. Section history of our parish. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  9. From the story of Chrischona Wila. Retrieved March 28, 2019 .
  10. ^ Website of the Free Missionary Congregation Kollbrunn. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  11. ^ Website of the political municipality of Zell. Sights section. Retrieved April 29, 2014.