Dietikon is the fifth biggest city of the canton of Zürich in Switzerland, after Zürich, Winterthur, Uster and Dübendorf. It is the capital of the same-named district of Dietikon and part of the Zürich metropolitan area.

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Coat of arms of Dietikon
Location of Dietikon
Dietikon is located in Switzerland
Dietikon is located in Canton of Zurich
Coordinates: 47°24′N 8°24′E / 47.400°N 8.400°E / 47.400; 8.400Coordinates: 47°24′N 8°24′E / 47.400°N 8.400°E / 47.400; 8.400
 • ExecutiveStadtrat
with 7 members
 • MayorStadtpräsident
Otto Müller
(as of March 2014)
 • ParliamentGemeinderat
with 36 members
 • Total9.33 km2 (3.60 sq mi)
388 m (1,273 ft)
 • Total27,236
 • Density2,900/km2 (7,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number0243
Surrounded byBergdietikon (AG), Geroldswil, Oetwil an der Limmat, Schlieren, Spreitenbach (AG), Unterengstringen, Urdorf, Weiningen
Twin townsKolín (Czech Republic), Braggio (Switzerland), Renens (Switzerland)
SFSO statistics


Dietikon and Uetliberg as seen from Spreitenbach
The Limmat at Dietikon railway station

The industrial city Dietikon is situated at an elevation of 388 m (1,273 ft) at the confluence of the Reppisch and the Limmat, located in the Limmat Valley (German: Limmattal), along the railway line from Zürich to Baden. Here and in the neighboring region, Spreitenbach, is also the large Limmattal rail freight marshalling yard.

Dietikon has an area of 9.3 square kilometers (3.6 sq mi). Of this area, 17.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 27% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 49.1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (6.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 33.8% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (15.3%).[4] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 4.9% of the area. As of 2007 40.7% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[4]

The largest and best known forests of the municipality include the Honeret, Guggenbüehl and Röhrenmoos.

The Honeret forest lies on a side moraine of the Linth glacier ("Linthgletscher"). There are over 200 prominent stones through the woods, up to erratic boulders as big as 25 m2 (270 sq ft). The Honeret and the Guggenbüehl-Wald are separated by only one main street. In the forest, there are a few springs from which the brooks Tobelbach and Stoffelbach rise and then flow down into the Reppisch. Also in the forest lies the forest cottage "Lorenzhütte."

The Guggenbüehl forest lies wholly within Dietikon. Within the forest lies the "Giigelibode" pond. It has neither inflow nor outflow. A Vita course is in the forest.


Marmoriweiher pond alongside the Reppisch

The municipality is located on the A3 motorway.

Dietikon railway station and Glanzenberg railway station are stops of the S-Bahn Zürich on the lines S3 and S12. Dietikon railway station is also the terminus of the line S17 provided by the Bremgarten-Dietikon-Bahn.

Between 1900 and 1928, Dietikon was the terminus of the Limmattal tramway from Zürich. The, now under construction, Limmattal light rail line will follow a similar alignment, albeit extended through Dietikon to Killwangen.[5][6]


Important running waters that flow through Dietikon are the Limmat and its tributary Reppisch. Wide brooks are the approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) long Schäflibach and the Teischlibach. The Schäflibach is created with the flows together from Allmendbach and Stockacherbach and leads into the Limmat. The Teischlibach originates from Röhrenmoos in the forest above Dietikon and also leads into the Limmat. The Marmoriweiher lies in the Grunschen a place used for gaming and grilling. The Marmoriweiher is an artificial pond, that was positioned for the water supply of the fire brigade. For this, a distraction canal was built with the Grunschen. Later, the pond of a marble factory served. This gave it its name.


Aerial view by Walter Mittelholzer (1930)

Dietikon is first mentioned in 1100 as Dietinchovin.[7] In Dietikon there are several Roman ruins and also the Fahr Benedictine Convent, given by the House of Regensberg around 1130 AD, with a cloister church dating from the years 1743 to 1746. The Second Battle of Zürich was fought in Dietikon (September 1799) and the town name is now inscribed at the pillar of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.


City president is Roger Bachmann (SVP).


Town hall in Dietikon
St. Agatha, the Roman Catholic Church (built in 1927)
The Reformed church (built in 1925)

Dietikon has a population (as of 31 December 2020) of 28,057.[8] As of 2007, 39.8% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 50% male and 50% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 10.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (73.9%), with Italian being second most common (8.9%) and Albanian being third (3.8%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 40.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (19.9%), the CVP (13.7%) and the FDP (8%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 21.3% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 64.7% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 14%. In Dietikon about 60.1% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). There are 9,892 households in Dietikon.[4]

Dietikon has an unemployment rate of 4.2%. As of 2005, there were 179 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 13 businesses involved in this sector. 2,613 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 213 businesses in this sector. 10,632 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 957 businesses in this sector.[3] As of 2007 60.6% of the working population were employed full-time, and 39.4% were employed part-time.[4]

As of 2008 there were 8,655 Catholics and 4,599 Protestants in Dietikon. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the 2000 census, 26.5% were some type of Protestant, with 24.6% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 1.9% belonging to other Protestant churches. 41.8% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 12.2% were Muslim, 16.1% belonged to another religion (not listed), 4.6% did not give a religion, and 9.4% were atheist or agnostic.[4]

The historical population is given in the following table:[7]

year population
1779 686
1836 1,025
1850 1,291
1900 2,613
1910 4,493
1950 7,132
1960 14,920
1970 22,705
1990 21,152
2000 21,353
2017 27,079

Economics and educationEdit

Among other companies, the Limmattaler Zeitung newspaper and Ex Libris are situated in Dietikon.


Dietikon has an average of 132.2 days of rain per year and on average receives 1,078 mm (42.4 in) of precipitation. The wettest month is August during which time Dietikon receives an average of 114 mm (4.5 in) of precipitation. During the wettest month, there is precipitation for an average of 12.7 days.[9]

Visitor attractionsEdit

There's the Bruno Weber Park in Dietikon respectively Spreitenbach, one of the few sculpture gardens and Gesamtkunstwerks in Switzerland.[10] Glanzenberg was once a settlement along the river Limmat, but its fortifications seem to never have been completed, and it might have been destroyed in 1267/68, a legend tells. Its remains are to be found in a little forest along the Limmat, opposite the railway station of the same name. Also situated there are the walls of the former Glanzenberg castle, built in the late 12th century AD by the Counts of Regensberg.

Notable peopleEdit

Diamá (aka Claudia D'Addio), 2008

Twin townsEdit

Dietikon is twinned with the towns of



  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine accessed 05-Aug-2009
  4. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (in German) accessed 4 August 2009
  5. ^ "Das kurze Leben des "Lisebethli"" [The short life of «Lisebethli»]. Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). 18 February 2002. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Betrieb & Angebot" [Operation & Offer] (in German). Limmattalbahn AG. Archived from the original on 31 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b Dietikon in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  8. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Temperature and Precipitation Average Values-Table, 1961-1990" (in German, French, and Italian). Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology - MeteoSwiss. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2009., the weather station elevation is 385 meters above sea level.
  10. ^ Kathrin Fink (2014-08-31). "Künstlerfreunde glauben fest an die Zukunft des Bruno-Weber-Parks" (in German). Limmattaler Zeitung. Retrieved 2014-10-17.

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