Risch is a municipality in the canton of Zug in Switzerland. It is also promoted as Risch-Rotkreuz. Four villages (Rotkreuz, Risch, Buonas and Holzhäusern) belong to the municipality Risch. On 24 November 2007 it was decided to promote the municipality as Risch-Rotkreuz.[citation needed] The change was made because the village Rotkreuz has become much bigger than Risch.

Coat of arms of Risch-Rotkreuz
Coat of arms
Location of Risch-Rotkreuz
Risch-Rotkreuz is located in Switzerland
Risch-Rotkreuz is located in Canton of Zug
Coordinates: 47°8′N 8°28′E / 47.133°N 8.467°E / 47.133; 8.467Coordinates: 47°8′N 8°28′E / 47.133°N 8.467°E / 47.133; 8.467
 • Total22.9 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
(Railway station Rotkreuz)
429 m (1,407 ft)
 • Total10,857
 • Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number1707
LocalitiesRotkreuz, Risch, Buonas, Holzhäusern
Surrounded byCham, Dietwil (AG), Honau (LU), Hünenberg, Küssnacht (SZ), Meierskappel (LU), Oberrüti (AG), Root (LU), Zug
Twin townsRisch: Amaroni (Italy)
SFSO statistics


View from the Rigi toward Risch and Rotkreuz

The municipality is between the Lake of Zug and the river Reuss. In the south, the Rooterberg is a part of the municipality. Many little rivers and two little lakes flow in Risch-Rotkreuz. The municipality historically consists of the four villages of Risch, Buonas and Holzhäusern and Rotkreuz.

Risch had an area, as of 2006, of 14.8 km2 (5.7 sq mi). Of this area, 61% is used for agricultural purposes, while 15.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 21.3% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (2.4%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3] The combined municipality of Risch-Rotkreuz has an area of 22.9 km2 (8.8 sq mi).[4]


Risch-Rotkreuz has a population (as of 31 December 2019) of 10,990.[5] As of 2007, about 25.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 29.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (84.3%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common (3.3%) and Italian being third (2.7%).[3]

The population of Risch is 337, while Rotkreuz has a population of 7,425.[4]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 34.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (28.6%), the CVP (18.2%) and the Green Party (12.2%).[3]

In Risch about 71.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[3]

The majority of the population is Roman Catholic (58%). Of the rest of the population, 14.1% belong to the Swiss Reformed Church, 14.7% belong to another church and 13.2% do not belong to any organized church.[4]


The largest firm in Risch-Rotkreuz is Roche Diagnostics International AG.

Risch-Rotkreuz has an unemployment rate of 2.3%. As of 2005, there were 145 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 47 businesses involved in this sector. 2,162 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 95 businesses in this sector. 4,220 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 576 businesses in this sector.[3]


Rotkreuz train station

Risch-Rotkreuz is near the two motorways A4 and A14. By train, you can reach the municipality with the SBB. There is a very important station in Rotkreuz because the railway line crossing the Alps via the Gotthard Pass crosses the Intercity line from Zürich to Lucerne here. On the lake you can go by ship to Cham, Zug and Arth.


SIS Swiss International School Rotkreuz-Zug is in the city.[6]


  • Castle of Buonas
  • Castle of Freudenberg
  • Church St. Verena in Risch
  • Church St. German in Buonas
  • Church St. Wendelin in Holzhäusern

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 c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 22-Sep-2009
  4. ^ a b c d Risch-Rotkreuz, dates and facts (in German) accessed 22 September 2009
  5. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". bfs.admin.ch (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Rotkreuz-Zug." SIS Swiss International School. Retrieved on February 9, 2016. "Suurstoffi 41c 6343 Rotkreuz"