Zurich Prison

Teaser Gefängnis Zürich

Zurich Prison is the largest pre-trial prison in the canton of Zurich and has a women’s section. Here, you can find out more about the general conditions of the pre-trial prison – from visiting hours to the inmates’ work options.

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About us

Zurich Prison (Gefängnis Zürich) was put into operation in 1916 and has since been repeatedly expanded and modernised. In 1991, a provisional container building with 34 beds was added in one of the confined yards.

The Zurich Prison with its 153 places is the largest pre-trial prison in the Canton of Zurich and has – just like the Dielsdorf Prison – a womens’ unit (18 beds).

The Zurich Prison plays an important hub role in taking in police prisoners from the near-by Police Prison and in transferring them to the suitable institutions of the Canton of Zurich.

The presence of the various prosecution offices in the Zurich area (two regular and five specialised prosecutor’s offices) makes the Zurich Prison the most important pre-trial prison in the Canton.


  • Capacity: 153, 18 of which for women
  • Staff: 47,7 positions


Visiting hours

Mondays to Fridays:
7.30 am to 11.30 am
1.15 pm to 5.15 pm (except on Thursdays)
5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Saturday and Sunday:
1pm to 2pm

No visits are possible on Thursday afternoons and public holidays.

Visitation permit and registration


  • Before visiting, you have to apply for a permit to the prosecution office.
  • In order to visit an inmate, advance notification by phone is mandatory: +41 44 248 25 43

Supervision and treatment

In every prison, medical service, pastoral work, and social counselling are available. In case of an inmate facing psychological problems, he or she may consult a psychiatrist.

Seven days upon entry, all inmates will be given a medical check-up at no charge. Part of these check-ups are examinations of working ability and fitness for enforcement. If necessary, further checks or therapies will be implemented.

For more in-depth information on supervision and treatment, please check our house regulations (in German):


For inmates in pre-trial detention or in preventive detention, work or school attendance are not mandatory. If a person in pre-trial detention or in preventive detention has committed to working on a voluntary basis, he or she has to carry out the tasks assigned to him or her.

Inmates carry out the following tasks:

  • Mailing, advertisement mailing, letter shop including dispatching
  • Folding and gluing
  • Banding
  • Lining-up of advertising and packaging boxes
  • Wrapping and packing of free samples
  • Assemblies

Money transfer to inmates

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

Money may be transferred as well. Here are the bank details:

Name of financial institute
PostFinance, 3030 Bern
Payment for Gefängnis Zürich, Postfach, 8036 Zürich
Account 80-21944-4
IBAN CH89 0900 0000 8002 1944 4
Clearing-Nr. 09000

Please make sure to indicate name and surname of the beneficiary as purpose of payment in order for the prison management to be able to assign the amount to the correct account!

Leisure & Holidays

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.

Inmates in pre-trial or preventive detention are not granted any holidays

Simon Miethlich

Head of prison management

Foto von Simon Miethlich

Further information

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Zurich Prison


Rotwandstrasse 21
8004 Zürich
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Letter mail:

Rotwandstrasse 21
8036 Zürich

Parcel post:

Rotwandstrasse 21
8004 Zürich


+41 44 248 25 40


+41 44 248 25 99