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Hiking in

Uster
Industriepfad
Industriepfad
Stage 1, Uster, See–Wetzikon
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Cycling in

Uster
Glatt-Route
Glatt-Route
Stage 2, Zürich (Schwamendingen)–Rapperswil
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Pilger-Route
Pilger-Route
Stage 2, Fischingen–Meilen
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Pfäffikersee Route
Pfäffikersee Route
Route 210, Pfäffikon–Pfäffikon
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Skating in

Uster
Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 4, Uster–Kloten (Flughafen)
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Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 3, Winterthur–Uster
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Greifensee Skate
Greifensee Skate
Route 72, Greifensee–Maur–Greifensee
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Uster
Uster

Uster

Many of the recreational and sightseeing attractions around Uster at the gateway to the Zurich Oberland are closely linked to industrialization at the beginning of the 19th century. However, the nearby Greifensee lake offers rewarding natural alternatives.
With a population of over 31,000, Uster is today the third largest town in Canton Zurich. The original centre of Uster is today’s Oberuster (Upper Uster). Roman roads once crossed here: Glatttal - Oberland and Winterthur - Zürichsee. With industrialisation, the main focus of development shifted close to the Aabach River because of its hydraulic power.

As industrialization increasingly took hold early in the 19th century, in 1832 an enraged population stormed the first mechanical weaving mill in the region and set fire to it. This storm of protest was recorded in Swiss history as the «Fire of Uster». Nevertheless, by 1850 Uster had developed into an industrial area with the highest concentration of factories in Switzerland. The history of industrialization in the Zurich Oberland can be followed on the «Industriepfads Zürcher Oberland» (industry trail), with 50 panels between Uster and Bauma. In 2001, the town was awarded the Wakkerpreis by the Swiss Heritage Society for its town and country planning, in particular for the conversion and reuse of industrial land.

The Uster brewery with its steam engine is also a witness of the industrialization era. The brewery has stood still since 1978 but the steam engine built in 1897 continues to run for demonstration purposes, although now with compressed air. Real steam is given off at the «Lokremise» (old locomotive shed) dating from 1857. This building with room for five locomotives around a turntable, serves the Zurich Oberland Steam Train Society as a shed and workshop.

The most important nearby recreational area is the Greifensee lake with nature reserve, lido and possibilities for rowing, sailing, windsurfing etc. It can be explored on foot and two paths are suitable for wheelchairs. Scheduled boats from Maur-Niederuster offer a short cut.

Highlights

  • «SwissJazzOrama» – the Swiss Jazz Museum presents the history of jazz in Switzerland with photos, placards, artefacts and examples of music.
  • Städtlische Galerie für Kunst und Gestaltung: art & design in the villa on Aabach with attractive, changing exhibitions.
  • Industriepfad (industry trail) Uster-Wetzikon-Bauma – on the history of industrialization in Zurich Oberland, with 50 information panels.
  • Steam locomotives Bauma-Bäretswil-Hinwil – the Zurich Oberland Steam Train Society (DVZO) arrange trips on certain days.
Many of the recreational and sightseeing attractions around Uster at the gateway to the Zurich Oberland are closely linked to industrialization at the beginning of the 19th century. However, the nearby Greifensee lake offers rewarding natural alternatives.
With a population of over 31,000, Uster is today the third largest town in Canton Zurich. The original centre of Uster is today’s Oberuster (Upper Uster). Roman roads once crossed here: Glatttal - Oberland and Winterthur - Zürichsee. With industrialisation, the main focus of development shifted close to the Aabach River because of its hydraulic power.

As industrialization increasingly took hold early in the 19th century, in 1832 an enraged population stormed the first mechanical weaving mill in the region and set fire to it. This storm of protest was recorded in Swiss history as the «Fire of Uster». Nevertheless, by 1850 Uster had developed into an industrial area with the highest concentration of factories in Switzerland. The history of industrialization in the Zurich Oberland can be followed on the «Industriepfads Zürcher Oberland» (industry trail), with 50 panels between Uster and Bauma. In 2001, the town was awarded the Wakkerpreis by the Swiss Heritage Society for its town and country planning, in particular for the conversion and reuse of industrial land.

The Uster brewery with its steam engine is also a witness of the industrialization era. The brewery has stood still since 1978 but the steam engine built in 1897 continues to run for demonstration purposes, although now with compressed air. Real steam is given off at the «Lokremise» (old locomotive shed) dating from 1857. This building with room for five locomotives around a turntable, serves the Zurich Oberland Steam Train Society as a shed and workshop.

The most important nearby recreational area is the Greifensee lake with nature reserve, lido and possibilities for rowing, sailing, windsurfing etc. It can be explored on foot and two paths are suitable for wheelchairs. Scheduled boats from Maur-Niederuster offer a short cut.

Highlights

  • «SwissJazzOrama» – the Swiss Jazz Museum presents the history of jazz in Switzerland with photos, placards, artefacts and examples of music.
  • Städtlische Galerie für Kunst und Gestaltung: art & design in the villa on Aabach with attractive, changing exhibitions.
  • Industriepfad (industry trail) Uster-Wetzikon-Bauma – on the history of industrialization in Zurich Oberland, with 50 information panels.
  • Steam locomotives Bauma-Bäretswil-Hinwil – the Zurich Oberland Steam Train Society (DVZO) arrange trips on certain days.

Arrival and return Uster

Adresse

Rapperswil Zürichsee Tourismus
Fischmarktplatz 1
8640 Rapperswil
Tel. +41 (0)55 225 77 00
zuerichsee@zuerich.com
www.zuerich.com

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Hiking in

Uster
Industriepfad
Industriepfad
Stage 1, Uster, See–Wetzikon
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Cycling in

Uster
Glatt-Route
Glatt-Route
Stage 2, Zürich (Schwamendingen)–Rapperswil
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Pilger-Route
Pilger-Route
Stage 2, Fischingen–Meilen
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Pfäffikersee Route
Pfäffikersee Route
Route 210, Pfäffikon–Pfäffikon
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Skating in

Uster
Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 4, Uster–Kloten (Flughafen)
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Mittelland Skate
Mittelland Skate
Stage 3, Winterthur–Uster
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Greifensee Skate
Greifensee Skate
Route 72, Greifensee–Maur–Greifensee
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