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Old Water Wheel Mill in Stockrüti.

The last sawmill powered by a water wheel in the Zurich Oberland. Wood is sawn up as they did 10,000 years ago.

Saved on time

The sawmill is located at the highest point of the Industrial Heritage Trail at Stockrüti near Wappenswil at around 800 metres above sea level. It is unique not only because it is the last sawmill in the region, but also because its water wheel is the only one far and wide still functioning with a gearing mechanism and working machinery. It was almost torn down in 1979. To prevent this, a motivated group joined forces. Today, the group called "Verein zur Erhaltung alter Handwerk- und Industrieanlagen Zürcher Oberland" (VEHI), is highly committed to preserving this historic sawmill.

Sawmill powered by hydropower

The team will show you that the old sawmill still works wonderfully by illustrating the complicated power transmission process from the waterwheel via cog wheels and leather straps. If you book in advance, you can watch a tree trunk being sawn up. 

Guided tours

The exciting guided tour is perfect for groups of up to twelve people (several groups are possible). The sawmill team will organize an aperitif or barbecue on-site upon request.

Prices for the guided tour

  • up to 12 people: CHF 150.–
  • between 13 and 30 people: CHF 250.–
  • from 31 people: CHF 5.– per person