Knonau Things to Do
Another landmark in Knonau is the protestant church. The church was consegrated in 1519 to the holy Gertrud and Sebastian. It was first a catholic church and in 1524 it was turned into a protestant one. Two years later all the pictures of the holy saints had to be disposed of.
Over the centuries the church was changed a lot but the tower looks still the same. We didn't have a chance to look inside but it is supposed to be rather pretty.
Schloss Knonau (castle)
You may only view the good looking castle and it various buildings from outside as it is privately owned by some German who lives there. Over the centuries this castle has seen many owners and inhabitants.
Apparently there was originally a place called Meyerhof in its spot first built in the 13th century. But later no traces ie evidence of that place were ever found. The present castle was probably built in the early 16th century and was changed many times. There used to be a water mound too. Over a long time it was home to various bailiffs.
I spotted the castle from the train window when arriving into Knonau from Zurich and of course we had to walk past to admire it.Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
The vicarage is in beautiful shape and still inhabited by the pastor. It was originally built by the city of Zurich in 1669 as a tithe building and feudal building adverse to the bailiff palace. Since Knonau is the last protestant town in the canton of Zurich before the canton of Zug the building had to be representative as the canton of Zug is traditionally catholic.
We came to Knonau by S-Bahn no. 9 from Zurich. The trains run half-hourly. The line goes from Zurich to Zug, not along the lake of Zurich but behind the Uetliberg/Albis range where it becomes quite rural in places. But all those towns along the line have grown as lots of people working in Zurich or Zug choose to live there.
From Knonau there is also a postbus connection to Mettmenstetten.Related to:
Knonau Local Customs
When a baby is born
a lot of people put a pole with an appropriate sign in their garden or if they don't have a garden you will find it hanging from a window. In recent years this customs has become more and more popular in the canton of Zurich. I remember times when this wasn't done at all.
Knonau Sports & Outdoors
Take a hike
As Knonau is situated in a more rural area, you may consider take a hike in the area. At the railway station you will find the yellow hiking signs.
One idea would be to hike to Rifferswil and visit the Rhododendron park or vice versa. Another one to hike to Cham and then continue along the lake of Zug to the city of Zug. The Cham to Zug hike is rather nice and I've done that bit twice already.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking