Nestled in the Limmat Valley, Dietikon is an industrial hub that handles much of Switzerland’s rail freight. It’s also home to one of the country’s most surreal artistic destinations and is located on the doorstep of walking trails in the Honeret, Guggenbuhl and Röhrenmoos forests.
Things to do in Dietikon
The main commercial hub of Dietikon clusters on the west bank of the Limmat River and it’s here that the elegant St. Agatha Church is found. Although the current church dates to 1925, the site boasts a much more extensive history, with the first parish built here in 1089.
On the western outskirts of Dietikon lies Bruno Weber Park, where you’ll find a Gesamtkunstwerk, or “total work of art” by the renowned Swiss sculptor who once lived on the estate. The fairy tale-like villa is adorned with colourful mosaics and also has animal sculptures throughout its extensive gardens.
Explore the Wassergarten water garden with its surreal footbridge created by two 100-metre-long “Wing Dogs” and admire the “Source Goddess” fountain that was inspired by Indian sculpture. Then walk between the two dragon figures that lead into the park’s “Magic Forest”.
History buffs shouldn’t miss a visit to Glanzenberg Castle in the east of Dietikon, which is a Swiss heritage site of national significance. The castle ruins date back to the 12th century AD when it was built by the Counts of Regensberg, who were also responsible for the well-preserved fortified settlement of Regensberg that lies to the north.
Getting around Dietikon
Dietikon railway station is the main transport hub in the city, with services east to Zurich and north-west to Baden. There’s a second train station in the east of the city at Glanzenberg, with frequent buses servicing other areas.