The facility is a run-of-river power plant on the Rhine River, located about four kilometres below Eglisau. For over 100 years, the plant has been using the gradient of the Rhine between the Thur and Glatt estuaries and produces power for over 70,000 households. The plant went into operation in 1920 and was extensively renovated in 2012.
You can experience the Eglisau hydroelectric plant on a guided tour. Tours are offered for groups from 6 to 46 persons and take place on selected dates in the mornings or afternoons.
Update Corona virus
According to the Federal Council decision of 08.09.2021, the Covid certificate (recovered, tested, vaccinated) is mandatory for visitor tours at the Eglisau hydropower plant as of Monday, September 13, 2021 The certificate requirement applies to persons 16 years of age and older.
Hydropower is the backbone of Swiss power supply. Sixty per cent of Swiss electricity comes from hydropower. The tour around the Eglisau hydroelectric plant offers you a look into the past and present of hydropower. The machine hall still looks almost exactly the same as it did when the plant was commissioned in the year 1920. However, now state-of-the art machines, which were installed in the course of the 2012 renovation, are in operation inside the historic buildings.
Tours at the Eglisau power plant are free. However, a booking fee of 5 francs (credit card) will be charged per group or single booking.
Good physical fitness (steep stairs) is required. For safety reasons, people with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators cannot be allowed access to the power station.
Sturdy, closed, non-slip shoes are required. In addition, we recommend clothing adapted to weather conditions. Some of the tour takes place outdoors.
Additional visitors can be added with a separate booking in our web-shop. If the number of visitors is lower than originally booked, the original booking must be cancelled and then re-booked. Please use the link in your confirmation email. Changes are possible up to 14 days in advance of the tour. Please be sure to inform us of the correct group size so we can ensure a smooth tour.
You can cancel a booked tour up to 14 days in advance of the tour. Please note our general terms and conditions.
The tours at the Eglisau hydroelectric plant are not suitable for wheelchair users.
You can find out more about guided tours from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
+41 56 266 70 07
The Eglisau hydroelectric plant is an 8-minute walk from the Zweidlen train station. Parking is also available at the plant.
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