Residential city on the waterfront
Uster’s history is closely linked to the element of water. Thanks to hydroelectric power, the city developed into a stronghold of the textile industry with one of the highest factory densities in Europe. Today, the Aabach connects the industrial heritage with modern urban residential areas and generous parks.
City of proximity
Uster offers everything that people and businesses need within short distances. There is lively club activity and a wide range of cultural activities. The nearby Greifensee and the surrounding forests are attractive local recreation areas. In Uster, people meet in an uncomplicated way and thus quickly find contact with each other.
City in nature
The region around Uster, the Zurich Oberland, offers many opportunities for leisure activities. All excursion destinations can be reached on foot, by bike or by public transport. The lakeshores invite you to swim, walk and linger. Attractive hiking and biking routes lead to the surrounding hills and mountains. There are wide panoramic views, with the best views of the Alps, lakes and landscapes.
Uster is also the place of origin of the apple variety of the same name. The Uster apple is the most common sweet apple in Switzerland.
Uster has a diverse range of sports, numerous active clubs and an excellent infrastructure with various performance centres. A broad base of sportspeople and the promotion of sport for young and old are just as much at the centre as the support of competitive sport. At the Art and Sports School, young athletes are given the opportunity to combine their school and sports careers simultaneously and holistically. Numerous athletes from Uster have successfully represented the city of Uster at European and World Championships as well as at the Olympic Games in recent years. Furthermore, Uster regularly hosts top-class national and international sporting events such as the Greifenseelauf or the Uster Triathlon.
City for all
Uster sees itself as a “city for all” that prevents disadvantage and strengthens participation. This is not just about removing structural barriers. Uster should be a city where people from all walks of life have equal opportunities. The city was a pioneer in Switzerland for the construction of “wheelchair walking paths”. Today there are four obstacle-free routes on city territory.
Four road races will start in Uster: the juniors, juniors, men U23 and elite women. The starting point is in the heart of Uster on Zürichstrasse near the Pünt area.
In the run-up to the event and beyond, the city of Uster has already implemented various accompanying measures in the area of sports and cycling promotion: stars in school with the former top cyclist Franco Marvulli, integration of cycling sports in existing sporting activities, installation of pump tracks, etc. This is to ensure the sustainable impact of the road world championships.