Wetzikon is a small town in the Zurich Highlands (Zürcher Oberland) area of Switzerland, in the district of Hinwil in the canton of Zürich.

Wetzikon - Oberwetzikon - Bahnhofstrasse 2010-07-01 12-51-36 ShiftN.jpg
Coat of arms of Wetzikon
Location of Wetzikon
Wetzikon is located in Switzerland
Wetzikon is located in Canton of Zurich
Coordinates: 47°19′N 8°48′E / 47.317°N 8.800°E / 47.317; 8.800Coordinates: 47°19′N 8°48′E / 47.317°N 8.800°E / 47.317; 8.800
 • ExecutiveStadtrat
with 7 members
 • MayorStadtpräsident
Pascal Bassu SPS/PSS
(as of July 2022)
 • ParliamentParlament
with 36 members
 • Total16.73 km2 (6.46 sq mi)
535 m (1,755 ft)
 • Total24,764
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
8620, 8623
SFOS number0121
LocalitiesEttenhausen, Kempten, Medikon, Oberwetzikon, Robank, Robenhausen, Unterwetzikon
Surrounded byBäretswil, Gossau, Hinwil, Mönchaltorf, Pfäffikon, Seegräben
Twin townsMelnik (Czech Republic), Badolato (Italy)
SFSO statistics


Reformed Church
Wetzikon as seen from Bachtel Tower. Pfäffikersee in the middle, Greifensee to the left.

The municipality Wetzikon has an area of 16.7 km2 (6.4 sq mi). Of this area, 42.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 17.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 27.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (12.1%) is non-productive (streams, lakes and non-productive vegetation).[3] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 20% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (7.9%).[4] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 3.3% of the area. As of 2007 30.5% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[4]

It is located near Lake Pfäffikon in the Zürcher Oberland, between Uster and Rapperswil-Jona.

The Robenhauser Ried wetland is a nature reserve of national importance and is situated between Seegräben, Kempten and Irgenhausen covering an area of about 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi).


Wetzikon has a population (as of 31 December 2020) of 25,056.[5] As of 2007, 22.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 49.2% male and 50.8% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 18.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (83.8%), with Italian being second most common ( 5.7%) and Albanian being third ( 1.9%).

Nationalities in Wetzikon End of 2010[6] End of 2011[7]
  Switzerland 76,8 % 76,5 %
  Italy 5,5 % 5,2 %
  Germany 3,9 % 3,9 %
  Portugal 2,4 % 2,6 %
  Turkey 1,7 % 1,7 %
  Serbia 1,8 % 1,7 %
  Kosovo 1,2 % 1,4 %
  North Macedonia 1,1 % 1,1 %

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 37.6% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (16.1%), the CSP (12.2%) and the Green Party (10.5%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 23.1% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 62% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 15%.[3] There are 7929 households in Wetzikon.[4]

Protestant Church of Wetzikon

As of 2008 there were 6385 Catholics and 7772 Protestants in Wetzikon. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the 2000 census, 45% were some type of Protestant, with 40.3% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 4.7% belonging to other Protestant churches. 31.3% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 6.5% were Muslim, 8.7% belonged to another religion (not listed), 3.6% did not give a religion, and 10.6% were atheist or agnostic.[4]

Economics and educationEdit

The Kantonschule Zürcher Oberland (KZO),[8] or the "Kanti" as the gymnasium level learning institution is known in Swiss German, is based in Wetzikon due to its central location in the Zürich Oberland, as well as the Zürcher Oberländer newspaper and the annual ZOM trade fair.[9]

The regional hospital, the Gesundheitsversorgung Zürcher Oberland [10] is also located there.

Wetzikon has an unemployment rate of 2.9%. As of 2005, there were 134 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 41 businesses involved in this sector. 3486 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 255 businesses in this sector. 7054 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 838 businesses in this sector.[3] As of 2007 43.8% of the working population were employed full-time, and 56.2% were employed part-time.[4]

In Wetzikon about 69.4% 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]

World heritage siteEdit

The prehistoric settlement Wetzikon–Robenhausen at the Robenhausen wetland which was discovered and researched by Jakob Messikommer is part of the serial site Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.[11]


There are two railway stations within the municipality. Wetzikon railway station is a node of the Zürich S-Bahn on the lines S3, S14, S15 and S5. Kempten railway station is on the S3 line only. The town is a 20-minute (S5) ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof. In addition, the Dampfbahn-Verein Zürcher Oberland heritage railway provides seasonal excursion service at Ettenhausen-Emmetschloo.



Aerial view by Walter Mittelholzer (1931)

The oldest surviving document about the name Wetzikon is from the year 1044, where three nobles of "Wezzinchova" are mentioned; before that the village and castle were known by the name Ratpoldskilch.[12] Older history is known from excavations of prehistoric pile dwellings in Robenhausen and a Roman villa rustica in Kempten.[13]


  • The local museum (Ortsmuseum) documents the cultural history from the Neolithic Age until the 21st century [14]
  • Robenhauser Riet
  • Kemptner Tobel

Notable personsEdit

Hans Georg Nägeli, 1838
Dorothee Elmiger, 2010


  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.zh.ch/de/politik-staat/gemeinden/gemeindeportraet.html; retrieved: 22 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 06-Aug-2009
  4. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (in German) accessed 4 August 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 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  6. ^ http://www.wetzikon.ch/Verwaltung/Einwohnerdienste/bevoelkerungsstatistiken/Statistik%202008.pdf/at_download/file (Retrieved 27 February 2012).
  7. ^ http://www.wetzikon.ch/Verwaltung/Einwohnerdienste/bevoelkerungsstatistiken/Jahresstatistik%20Homepage.pdf/at_download/file (Retrieved 5 March 2012).
  8. ^ Kantonschule Zürcher Oberland (KZO) (in German)
  9. ^ Zürcher Oberland Messe (in Swiss-German "Züri Oberland Mäss") (in German)
  10. ^ Gesundheitsversorgung Zürcher Oberland (in German)
  11. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Site - Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps
  12. ^ Altdorfer, Werner (1987). Rund um den Bachtel - Heimatkundliches aus dem Zürcher Oberland (in German). Wetzikon: Buchverlang der Druckerei Wetzikon AG. ISBN 3-85981-138-X.
  13. ^ Horisberger, Beat; Hedinger, Bettina; Hoek, Florian; Büsser, Roger (2007). Römisches Landleben im Zürcher Oberland - Die Römer in Wetzikon (in German). Frauenfeld, Stuttgart, Wien: Verlag Huber. ISBN 978-3-7193-1441-5.
  14. ^ Museum Wetzikon (in German)
  15. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 27 December 2018
  16. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 27 December 2018
  17. ^ German Wiki, Andreas Schweizer

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