Regensdorf is a municipality in the district of Dielsdorf District of the canton of Zürich, Switzerland. It is the biggest city in the region Furttal (ZH).

Reformed Church in Regensdorf, located on Watterstrasse
Reformed Church in Regensdorf, located on Watterstrasse
Coat of arms of Regensdorf
Location of Regensdorf
Regensdorf is located in Switzerland
Regensdorf is located in Canton of Zürich
Coordinates: 47°26′N 8°28′E / 47.433°N 8.467°E / 47.433; 8.467Coordinates: 47°26′N 8°28′E / 47.433°N 8.467°E / 47.433; 8.467
 • Total14.62 km2 (5.64 sq mi)
443 m (1,453 ft)
 • Total18,450
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number0096
Surrounded byBuchs, Dällikon, Niederhasli, Oberengstringen, Rümlang, Unterengstringen, Weiningen, Zürich
SFSO statistics

Katzensee is a lake that also includes the bath/lido Strandbad Katzensee on the border with the Affoltern quarter of the city of Zürich.


Regensdorf is first mentioned in 870 as Reganesdorf. In 931 it was mentioned as Wat and in 1040 as Adalinchova,[3] when probably the Alt-Regensberg Castle was built by the House of Regensberg.


Gut Katzensee (an estate) at Lake Katzensee
Aerial view from 300 m by Walter Mittelholzer (1923)

Regensdorf has an area of 14.6 km2 (5.6 sq mi). Of this area, 43.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 23.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 30.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (2.3%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

The municipality is located on both sides of the Furtbach (Furt stream). It consists of the villages of Watt (which in turn includes the hamlets of Oberdorf, Altburg, Katzensee and Neu-Hard), Adlikon and Regensdorf (which includes the hamlets of Alt-Hard and Geissberg).


Regensdorf has a population (as of 31 December 2020) of 18,568.[5] As of 2007, 31.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 16.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (77.8%), with Italian being second most common ( 5.6%) and Albanian being third ( 3.9%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 48.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (16.5%), the FDP (9.5%) and the CVP (8.7%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 21.7% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 67.7% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 10.6%. In Regensdorf about 65.6% of the population (between age 25–64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Regensdorf has an unemployment rate of 3.39%. As of 2005, there were 97 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 30 businesses involved in this sector. 2418 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 163 businesses in this sector. 6321 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 626 businesses in this sector.[4]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1468 97

23 Households

1634 553
1850 1,201
1880 1,020
1950 2,093
1970 8,566
2000 14,628



Regensdorf is served by bus lines 451 (Regensdorf Zentrum to Adlikon),[6] 452 (Regensdorf Zentrum to Regensdorf Moosächer),[7] 453 (Regensdorf Watt to Adlikon),[8] 454 (Regensdorf Allmend to Regensdorf Watt),[9] 456 (Dielsdorf to Regensdorf Watt),[10] 485 (Zürich Altstetten to Buchs)[11] and 491 (Hüttikon to Zurich Zehntenhausplatz).[12][13]


Regensdorf-Watt railway station is a stop of the Zürich S-Bahn, on the lines S6, S21 and SN6.


There is a train every thirty minutes, from 05:26 to 00:21, on the S6 line. Inbound, the train stops at: Zürich Affoltern, Zürich Seebach, Zürich Oerlikon, Zürich Hardbrücke, Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Zürich Stadelhofen, Zürich Tiefenbrunnen, Zollikon, Küsnacht Goldbach, Küsnacht ZH, Erlenbach ZH, Winkel am Zürichsee, Herrliberg-Feldmeilen, Meilen, Uetikon (terminus).

Between Zürich Oerlikon and Herrliberg-Feldmeilen, the S6 combines with the S16 to provide a frequency of one train every fifteen minutes.

Outbound, the stops are: Buchs-Dällikon, Otelfingen Golfpark, Otelfingen, Würenlos, Wettingen, Baden (terminus).


There is a train every thirty minutes, from 6:31 to 8:01, on the S21 line. It utilises the new DML tunnel.[14]

The service operates on weekdays during peak hours; there are a total of eight trains in each direction per day. (Inbound trains in the morning and outbound trains in the evening bypass Zürich Seebach.)

The stops to and from Regensdorf:[15]

Outbound: Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Zürich Hardbrücke, Zürich Oerlikon, (Zürich Seebach), Zürich Affoltern.

Inbound: Zürich Affoltern, (Zürich Seebach), Zürich Oerlikon, Zürich Hardbrücke, Zürich Hauptbahnhof (terminus).


There is also the SN6, a night train that runs a single service between Zürich Tiefenbrunnen and Regensdorf-Watt, where it terminates. It leaves Tiefenbrunnen at 00:56 and arrives, seven stops later, at Regensdorf-Watt at 01:21.[16]

The route of the SN6 to Regensdorf-Watt: Zürich Tiefenbrunnen, Zürich Stadelhofen, track 1, Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Zürich Hardbrücke, Zürich Oerlikon, Zürich Seebach, Zürich Affoltern.

Future serviceEdit

In September 2014, an additional Zürich S-Bahn connection, from Regensdorf to Zürich Hauptbahnhof via the ETH Hönggerberg "Science City" underground station, was published.[17]


The nearest Zürich trolleybus option is line 46, which is accessed at the intersection of Geeringstrasse and Rütihofstrasse, about 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the southeast in Höngg.


FC Regensdorf, an amateur football club, play at the Sportanlage Wisacher on Wiesackerstrasse.[18] As of the 2019–20 season, they are in 2. Liga, the sixth tier of football in Switzerland.

Notable peopleEdit


  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 Regensdorf in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 04-Aug-2009
  5. ^ "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.
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  14. ^ "DML – Cross-city link Zurich". SBB-CFF-FFS website. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  15. ^ "Regensdorf-Watt–Zürich Oerlikon–Zürich HB" (PDF). ZVV. 1 May 2019. p. 24. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  16. ^ Night-S-Train SN6 (heading for Regensdorf-Watt) –
  17. ^ "Tunnelbahnhof für 'Science City'" - ADF Innovation
  18. ^ FC Regensdorf's official website

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