Industriepfad
Industriepfad

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Industriepfad

Uster, See–Bauma

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Industriepfad

Discovering the traces of the fascinating epoch of the industrialisation. Astonished at the courage and daring of our ancestors. Interested? Then come follow the Industrial Trail in the Zurich Oberland.
In the Zurich Oberland of 250 years ago, the farmers on the many tiny farms were dependent on some additional type of income. Cottage industry was at that time equivalent to the manufacture of textiles: the whole family could take part in spinning and weaving. The invention of the spinning machine in England around 1770 laid the cornerstone for the mechanization of the textile industry and with it the industrial revolution. The resulting price reductions forced mechanization everywhere, including in the Zurich Oberland, and it was water power that made this possible. Soon the Aabach region was pointing the way to concentrated industrialization in Switzerland.

The cottage worker became the factory worker. The resulting social restructuring had consequences; dissatisfaction made itself felt in the burning of Uster in November 1832. Nonetheless, development continued apace. Industrial sites grew up with factories and associated buildings, villas with parks for the owners and cottages for the workers. The great increase in production meant a greater need for transport, and from England came the railway, in the Zurich Oberland as elsewhere. Coal could be transported cheaply, and steam driven machines now complemented water power. Tall chimneys and black smoke became the symbols of a newfound prosperity.

The Industripfad shows this development. You can visit the trail on your own. Explanatory signboards on each object explain the most important facts. Guided tours of individual objects and along parts of the trail provide a plethora of information about technical details as well as their relationship to the life styles and economic situation of the populace at that time.
Discovering the traces of the fascinating epoch of the industrialisation. Astonished at the courage and daring of our ancestors. Interested? Then come follow the Industrial Trail in the Zurich Oberland.
In the Zurich Oberland of 250 years ago, the farmers on the many tiny farms were dependent on some additional type of income. Cottage industry was at that time equivalent to the manufacture of textiles: the whole family could take part in spinning and weaving. The invention of the spinning machine in England around 1770 laid the cornerstone for the mechanization of the textile industry and with it the industrial revolution. The resulting price reductions forced mechanization everywhere, including in the Zurich Oberland, and it was water power that made this possible. Soon the Aabach region was pointing the way to concentrated industrialization in Switzerland.

The cottage worker became the factory worker. The resulting social restructuring had consequences; dissatisfaction made itself felt in the burning of Uster in November 1832. Nonetheless, development continued apace. Industrial sites grew up with factories and associated buildings, villas with parks for the owners and cottages for the workers. The great increase in production meant a greater need for transport, and from England came the railway, in the Zurich Oberland as elsewhere. Coal could be transported cheaply, and steam driven machines now complemented water power. Tall chimneys and black smoke became the symbols of a newfound prosperity.

The Industripfad shows this development. You can visit the trail on your own. Explanatory signboards on each object explain the most important facts. Guided tours of individual objects and along parts of the trail provide a plethora of information about technical details as well as their relationship to the life styles and economic situation of the populace at that time.
24 km | 2 Stages
520 m | 320 m
easy (hiking trail) | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Uster, See
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Arrival / return travel Bauma
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Zürioberland Tourismus
Bahnhofstrasse 13
8494 Bauma
Tel. +41 (0)52 396 50 99
tourismus@zuerioberland.ch
http://www.zuerioberland-tourismus.ch

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