Limmattal Prison

Teaser Gefängnis Limmattal

In Limmattal Prison, there is a strictly separated youth section and a crisis intervention section in addition to the adult section. Here you can find out interesting facts - from visiting hours to job opportunities for the prisoners.

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About us

Limmattal Prison (Gefängnis Limmattal) was opened in September 2010 as part of the Dietikon District Building («Bezirksgebäude»). This makes the Limmattal Prison one of the youngest and most modern prisons of the seven institutions of the Zurich pre-trial prisons.

Limmattal Prison has a youth section for male juveniles that is strictly separated from the adult inmates. This section can be reduced or increased in size depending on space requirements, making space available for 9 up to a maximum of 24 juvenile inmates.

In the optimally equipped ancillary rooms, young people can be supported and cared for according to their specific (school) needs. Limmattal Prison has special, socio-pedagogically trained staff available for this care.

In addition, the Limmattal Prison also offers space for about 50 to 60 adult pre-trial prisoners.


  • Capacity: 72, 24 of which for juveniles


  • Staff: 27,8 positions


Visiting hours

Monday through Friday
8 am to 11:30 am
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Wednesday afternoon (reserved for families with children):
1:15 pm to 4 pm

Saturday (for visits without special conditions):
8:45 am to 11 am
1 pm to 3:15 pm

Visits are not possible on sundays and on public holidays.

Visitation permit and registration


  • Before you visit, you must get a visitation permit from the public prosecutor's office
  • Advance registration by phone is mandatory for visits to the inmates: +41 43 258 21 00

Money transfer to inmates

Cash for a detained person can be handed in against receipt to the prison management during regular business hours.

Money can also be transferred. Please find the bank details below:

Bank account details

Name of financial institute
Postfinance, 3030 Bern
Payment for
Gefängnis Limmattal, Postfach, 8953 Dietikon
Account 85-139211-9
IBAN CH44 0900 0000 8513 9211 9
Clearing-Nr. 0900

Please be sure to include the first and last name of the inmate you wish to transfer funds to so that the prison management can allocate the amount to the correct account!

Supervision & Treatment

Each prison has a medical service, pastoral care and social counselling. The prison consults a psychiatrist if an inmate has psychological problems.

Prisoners are examined by the medical service free of charge within seven days of admission. The examination also assesses the inmate's ability to work and his fitness for enforcement. If necessary, further investigations or therapies are arranged.

Detailed information on care and treatment can be found in the house regulations (in German):


Detainees in pre-trial and security detention are not obliged to work or attend school. On a voluntary basis, inmates may carry out the following tasks:

  • Assembly work
  • Repackaging and packaging
  • Compiling and sorting
  • Packing of mailings incl. shipping
  • Cardboard works
  • various packaging


Inmates have the opportunity to use the gym. In any case, inmates can complete an individual training programme in their free time in the cell. The prison management decides whether equipment for physical exercise (plastic dumbbells, etc.) is permitted.

In the Youth Section, young inmates are offered a programme specially designed for them.

Further information

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Daniel Bosshart

Head of prison management

Foto von Daniel Bosshart


Limmattal Prison


Weiningerstrasse 1
8953 Dietikon
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+41 43 258 21 00