Adliswil is a picturesque town and municipality situated in the district of Horgen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. The town is surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes and is home to a rich history and culture. Adliswil is a hidden gem that should be on every traveler’s bucket list.

Adliswil has a long and fascinating history dating back to the 11th century. The town was first mentioned in 1050 as Adelenswile and has since undergone various name changes. In the 12th century, it was mentioned as Adololdiswile and in 1248 as Adeloswile. During the Helvetic Republic, the hamlet of Buchenegg was transferred to the municipality of Stallikon. In 1893, the town sections of Oberleimbach and Sood were added to Adliswil.

Adliswil covers an area of 7.8 km2 (3.0 sq mi). Of this area, 23.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 32.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 42.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers, or mountains). The town is located in the region of Zimmerberg, within the valley of the river Sihl to the south of the city of Zürich, next to the localities of Kilchberg, Rüschlikon, and Langnau am Albis.

Adliswil has a population of 19,049 people as of December 2020. 38.5% of the population are foreign nationals and the gender distribution of the population is 50.0% male and 50.0% female. In the 2000 census, the majority of the population spoke German (80.9%), with Italian being the second most common language (4.9%) and English being third (2.5%).

Adliswil has a well-developed education system. The public schools, including primary and lower secondary schools, are supervised by the communes school board. The board consists of nine elected members. The Zurich International School (ZIS), an international school with an international curriculum, has its upper school (senior high school) campus in Adliswil. As a private school that has instruction primarily in a foreign language (English), ZIS is approved up to compulsory school age by the canton. The whole ZIS program, for students aged 3 to 18, is accredited by the Commission on International Education and the International Baccalaureate Organisation accredits the IB Diploma at ZIS.

Adliswil is well-connected to other parts of Switzerland. The town has a cable car (Felseneggbahn), which connects the town to Felsenegg on the edge of the town. Adliswil railway station is a stop on the S-Bahn Zürichs S4 line, which is a 15-minute ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof. Adliswil is the only town in the canton of Zürich to have a cable car.

Notable people:
Adliswil has produced many notable people, including Rudolf Günthardt, a Swiss equestrian who won a silver medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics, Rolf Fringer, an Austrian football manager who also managed the Switzerland national football team, Bettina Bunge, a retired German tennis player, Daniel Quaiser, a Swiss designer, musician and baritone singer, and Izer Aliu, a Swiss football player.

Adliswil is a hidden gem that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or nature, Adliswil has something to offer. With its rich history, stunning natural landscapes, and excellent transportation links, Adliswil is the perfect destination for anyone looking to explore the beauty and diversity of Switzerland.

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