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Don't do it, I lived there for many years, the public schools are terrible and so are the teachers. Around ten years ago Dietikon used to be a really nice place with a good mix of people. Unfortunately it has gone downhill since then.
Hi! My husband and I are struggling to either buy a 4 floor house with garden here or a smaller apartment in Horgan with no lake view but can be 5-10 min walk to lake.

For me, education and cultual atmosphere are most important then size of property, because we have 2 small kids, and that would be our base in swiss.

Can you tell me more about your comment? I just feel not good by impression and women intution.

Great to hear yr comments.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Hello there,

This thread from more than a year caused me a sleepless night, so I wanted to bump it up and hopefully get actual information of nowadays.

I just started work in Baden. I signed a rental contract for an appartment on the riverside of Dietikon and my wife and daughter (10) will arrive in 5 weeks.

I am extremely concerned about the mentioned situation of schools in Dietikon (my daughter is supposed to go to Zentralschule due to our address). My daughter is an extremely successful kid with the best grades, attends a swimming club, plays the piano etc. She definitely wants to go to Gymnasium in the future and has the capacity to do that. I don't want to spoil her life with my best decisions.

For those who share their information and experiences, will go to heaven. Should I already change my address? Any advice?
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Hello there,

This thread from more than a year caused me a sleepless night, so I wanted to bump it up and hopefully get actual information of nowadays.

I just started work in Baden. I signed a rental contract for an appartment on the riverside of Dietikon and my wife and daughter (10) will arrive in 5 weeks.

I am extremely concerned about the mentioned situation of schools in Dietikon (my daughter is supposed to go to Zentralschule due to our address). My daughter is an extremely successful kid with the best grades, attends a swimming club, plays the piano etc. She definitely wants to go to Gymnasium in the future and has the capacity to do that. I don't want to spoil her life with my best decisions.

For those who share their information and experiences, will go to heaven. Should I already change my address? Any advice?
Is it that easy to change your address? Anyhow, why don't you better go and visit that school, talk to the principal, teachers, visit some classes...and you will get the feeling. I would personally hate to take a decision based on hearsay on a forum. I say that because I have a colleague who lives there and her daughter goes to school there and she doesn't have too many things to complain about. By the way, she is an Eastern European with a PhD in computer science from a Swiss university.
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Is it that easy to change your address? Anyhow, why don't you better go and visit that school, talk to the principal, teachers, visit some classes...and you will get the feeling. I would personally hate to take a decision based on hearsay on a forum. I say that because I have a colleague who lives there and her daughter goes to school there and she doesn't have too many things to complain about. By the way, she is an Eastern European with a PhD in computer science from a Swiss university.
Thank you for the feedback greenmount. You see, this is why I'm here. To receive experiences/advices from those willing to share. Some advice from your friend would be precious. Is there a chance of her being a member here?
By the way, I should follow your advice to visit the school.
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Old 22.06.2013, 12:23
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Which fantasy world are you living in? Visit classes? Talk to teachers? Most public schools have no interest what so ever to receive you and show you around as a prospective/future family. They most likely wont even talk to you before you have registered your child. You register via a form and then you get allocated a school/class. Period.

So unfortunately, for most of us, hearsay is all we are ever going to get.


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Is it that easy to change your address? Anyhow, why don't you better go and visit that school, talk to the principal, teachers, visit some classes...and you will get the feeling. I would personally hate to take a decision based on hearsay on a forum. I say that because I have a colleague who lives there and her daughter goes to school there and she doesn't have too many things to complain about. By the way, she is an Eastern European with a PhD in computer science from a Swiss university.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Really? I have arranged visits for both my kids, as soon as we arrive, even though, it is in the last two days of the school year, and they are very busy. I would say that that depends on the principal.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

I Posted this thread a while back and now can happily report on our satisfaction. No experience with school or krippe though but we both found the convenience highly appreciated. Expecially the grocery and the transportation. Also good to see them building more things too. I think there will be another train station and a tram line sometime down the road...

Of course we did not live in the idustrie area, but closer to the bahnhof.
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I Posted this thread a while back and now can happily report on our satisfaction. No experience with school or krippe though but we both found the convenience highly appreciated. Expecially the grocery and the transportation. Also good to see them building more things too. I think there will be another train station and a tram line sometime down the road...

Of course we did not live in the idustrie area, but closer to the bahnhof.
Thanks for the valuable feedback treelover.
I would appreciate if people with experiences about schools in Dietikon would respond as well.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Could anyone comment on the transportation in Dietikon north of the river (specifically Unterengstringen)? It isn't close to the Dietikon bahnhof (I think Schlieren is closest?), so I'm interested in knowing the convenience/perceived frequency of the buses/trams in the area. We will not have a vehicle of our own (except bikes!).

We'd be commuting to ETH Honggerberg (which is biking/walking distance!), so I'm more interested in how it is for getting to the city centre of Zurich... or any other location, for that matter.... I'm not even sure about where else I'd need/want to go! (Will happily hear suggestions, ha ha!).

Concerned that Dietikon's "good" transportation rating is contingent on living nearby the bahnhof, which Unterengstringen does not appear to be nearby...

Ah, the joys of apartment-hunting from the other side of the globe...!

(Google Maps is GREAT for estimating trip times by car, by bus/tram, on foot, but it doesn't give any information on just how regularly those buses come by, and if they suddenly disappear at 8PM or don't run on Sundays...!). If anyone's got experience they'd like to share, I'd be most grateful.

Thanks!
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Old 11.07.2013, 13:19
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Could anyone comment on the transportation in Dietikon north of the river (specifically Unterengstringen)? It isn't close to the Dietikon bahnhof (I think Schlieren is closest?), so I'm interested in knowing the convenience/perceived frequency of the buses/trams in the area. We will not have a vehicle of our own (except bikes!).

We'd be commuting to ETH Honggerberg (which is biking/walking distance!), so I'm more interested in how it is for getting to the city centre of Zurich... or any other location, for that matter.... I'm not even sure about where else I'd need/want to go! (Will happily hear suggestions, ha ha!).

Concerned that Dietikon's "good" transportation rating is contingent on living nearby the bahnhof, which Unterengstringen does not appear to be nearby...

Ah, the joys of apartment-hunting from the other side of the globe...!

(Google Maps is GREAT for estimating trip times by car, by bus/tram, on foot, but it doesn't give any information on just how regularly those buses come by, and if they suddenly disappear at 8PM or don't run on Sundays...!). If anyone's got experience they'd like to share, I'd be most grateful.

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Just use www.sbb.ch

They have a page where you can create a personal timetable for yourself, which will list for you all the possible connections between two points - perfect for checking if a commute is practical:

http://timetable.sbb.ch/bin/query-p2w.exe/en
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Thanks very much, Quark. I was looking at another 'bus schedule' website for the area before as well (didn't think of SBB). So more information to help form an idea of the area from afar - thanks for this. Always interested in 'personal experiences', if anyone's got any for Unterengstringen (but will take what I can get!). Thanks all.
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Thanks very much, Quark. I was looking at another 'bus schedule' website for the area before as well (didn't think of SBB). So more information to help form an idea of the area from afar - thanks for this. Always interested in 'personal experiences', if anyone's got any for Unterengstringen (but will take what I can get!). Thanks all.
You're welcome. I found the personal timetable planner great when looking for places to live.

From Unterengstringen you have four buses an hour to Schlieren, which is plenty for getting in and out of Zurich city centre. You also have four an hour going to Winzerstrasse, where you can change for going up Hönggerberg. Your last connections from Zurich and ETH are between midnight and half past, so no problem getting back late.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Hi people. I have lived in Zurich in last 3 years.
I know this topic has almost 4 years but that is why i decided to revamp it.

How is Dietikon on end of 2013. I will need to move in April 2014.
Is Dietikon a good area to move (i currently live in Bad Allenmos in Zurich but prices are going up and up so i decided to give Dietikon a try)?

Thanks for all comments.
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Hi Superfast,

I've been living in Dietikon close to bahnhof since July. In total, I am pretty happy with living there. Good public transport connections - made me hold off to buy a car until now. Whatever you want to buy, there is at least one option in easy reach. No concerns about safety, pretty organized gemeinde services. Let me know if you are concerned with a specific topic (have school-age kids, etc.)


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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Any updates for the mid-2016?

We are going to live their one month in August, since we liked the apartment. Location is also good - 10 or 15 minutes walk from train station. The only issue, I noticed only a few restaurants (cafes) on my way.

Also I would appreciate your advice regarding criminal situation around train station late in the evening, as we are planning to commute a lot around Zurich.
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Gentrification has started. Still one of the highest rates of foreigners in area.

Dietikon is safe for travelling, at any time of day, as long as you do not cause any problems yourself.

At Zurich main station I would watch out for innocent-looking people who are desperately trying to pickpocket a Swiss or EU-country passport to be allowed to stay in the country.

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Any updates for the mid-2016?

We are going to live their one month in August, since we liked the apartment. Location is also good - 10 or 15 minutes walk from train station. The only issue, I noticed only a few restaurants (cafes) on my way.

Also I would appreciate your advice regarding criminal situation around train station late in the evening, as we are planning to commute a lot around Zurich.

Dietikon is safe. (as is pretty much all of Switzerland)


The Swiss don't eat out as often as many other cultures, but there will usually be a half decent restaurant somewhere nearby.


For a big meal you'll probably end up going into the bigsmoke anyway.
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For a big meal you'll probably end up going into the bigsmoke anyway.
Hm, bigsmoke... do you mean Zurich or the restaurant in Dietikon?
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Hm, bigsmoke... do you mean Zurich or the restaurant in Dietikon?


I meant Zürich.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Go to the Heimat in Dietikon for some quality Swiss food! I really like Dietikon. You're a short walk from nice forests, people are quite nice, many grocery stores around, connections to Zurich are great, you can float there from Schlieren on the Limmat, it's safe (but lock your bike!), and it has a nice little mix of eclectic things going on that give it its own unique feel.

BTW best burrito and best kebabk in the world live in Dietikon, El Pablo for burritos and Ali Baba for kebabs.
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