Regensdorf is a municipality in the district of Dielsdorf District of the canton of Zurich, 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
Coat of arms
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 2019) of 18,540.[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-Watt railway station is a stop of the S-Bahn Zürich on the line S6. There is a train every half an hour.

Upon the completion of the fourth development phase of Zurich S-Bahn network, S21 will be added to serve the line Regensdorf-Zurich. According to ZVV, S21 will go through the new DML tunnel and it won't be stopping at Zürich-Seebach.

In September 2014 an additional Zurich S-Bahn connection from Regensdorf to Zurich Main Station via ETH Hönggerberg "Science City" underground station has been published. [1].


FC Regensdorf, an amateur football club, play at the Sportanlage Wisacher on Wiesackerstrasse.[6] 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 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  6. ^ FC Regensdorf's official website

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