Töss (river)

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The Töss in Rikon im Tösstal
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of the Vordertöss and Hindertöss
Tössscheidi, Wald ZH and Fischenthal, ZH, Switzerland
796 m (2,612 ft)
47°18′44.4″N8°57′37.4″E / 47.312333°N 8.960389°E / 47.312333; 8.960389 (Tössscheidi)
River mouth Tössegg, Freienstein-Teufen, ZH, Buchberg, SH, Eglisau, ZH, Switzerland
344 m (1,129 ft)
47°33′7.6″N8°33′14.6″E / 47.552111°N 8.554056°E / 47.552111; 8.554056 (Tössegg) Coordinates: 47°33′7.6″N8°33′14.6″E / 47.552111°N 8.554056°E / 47.552111; 8.554056 (Tössegg)
Length 56 km (35 mi)
Basin features
Progression RhineNorth Sea
River system Rhine

The Töss is a river of the canton of Zürich. It starts with the confluence of the Vordertöss and the Hindertöss in the Zürcher Oberland, at Tössscheidi on 796 metres (2,612 ft) on the border between the munacipalities of Wald west of the Dägelschberg (1,267 m (4,157 ft)), east of the Hüttchopf (1,231 m (4,039 ft)), and north of the Tössstock (1,153 m (3,783 ft))).

River Natural flowing watercourse

A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river. In some cases a river flows into the ground and becomes dry at the end of its course without reaching another body of water. Small rivers can be referred to using names such as stream, creek, brook, rivulet, and rill. There are no official definitions for the generic term river as applied to geographic features, although in some countries or communities a stream is defined by its size. Many names for small rivers are specific to geographic location; examples are "run" in some parts of the United States, "burn" in Scotland and northeast England, and "beck" in northern England. Sometimes a river is defined as being larger than a creek, but not always: the language is vague.

Canton of Zürich Canton of Switzerland

The canton of Zürich is a Swiss canton in the northeastern part of the country. With a population of 1,504,346, it is the most populated canton in the country.. Its capital is the city of Zürich. The official language is German. The local Swiss German dialect, called Züritüütsch, is commonly spoken. In English the name of the canton and its capital is often written without an umlaut.

Zürcher Oberland

The Zürcher Oberland in Switzerland, is the hilly south-eastern part of the canton of Zurich, bordering on the Toggenburg, including the districts of Uster, Hinwil, Pfäffikon as well as the Töss Valley as far as the district of Winterthur. The territory gradually fell under the control of the city of Zurich from 1408 to 1452. In the 18th century, the jurisdiction lay with the reeve of Grüningen for the southern part, and with the reeve of Kyburg for the northern part together with most of the Zürcher Unterland.

The Vordertöss (lit.: "Front Töss") rises on the south side of the Tössstock on the north faces of the Schwarzeberg (1,293 m (4,242 ft)) and Höchhand (1,314 m (4,311 ft)) before it circumvent the Tössstock on its western flank.

Höchhand mountain in Switzerland

The Höchhand is a mountain of the Appenzell Alps, located north of Goldingen in the canton of St. Gallen.

The larger tributary, the Hindertöss (lit.: "Back Töss") collects the waters, either, by its tributary, the Chreuelbach, below the Höchhand, the western faces of the Habrütispitz (1,274 m (4,180 ft)) and Rossegg (1,254 m (4,114 ft)), or, from its own sources below Schindelegg (1,265 m (4,150 ft)), and the south faces of Schindelberghöchi (1,234 m (4,049 ft)) and the Dägelschberg, and passes the Tössstock on its northern hillside.

The Töss flows to the north before it meets the main valley of its own name, Töss Valley (Tösstal) just before Steg im Tösstal. Here, the river and its valley turns to the west in order to flow through Bauma then turns to the north again. West of the village Turbenthal it turns west again, and the valley gets even more ragged than before.

Töss Valley

The Töss Valley is a valley and a region of the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

Bauma Place in Zurich, Switzerland

Bauma is a municipality in the district of Pfäffikon in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland.

Turbenthal Place in Zurich, Switzerland

Turbenthal is a municipality in the district of Winterthur in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

It traverses Winterthur on its most western part of the city, just northeast of the Töss, a city mountain. After joining the Eulach on the western exit of the city, the river Töss then continues more or less westnorthwestern and joins the Rhine after about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) on Rhine's large southern bend called Tössegg west of Teufen and just before Eglisau.

Winterthur Place in Zürich, Switzerland

Winterthur is a city in the canton of Zürich in northern Switzerland. It has the country's sixth-largest population, estimated at over 108,000 people, and is the ninth largest agglomeration with about 138,000 inhabitants. Today Winterthur is a service and high-tech industrial satellite city within Greater Zürich, located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of downtown Zürich, and only 20 minutes by train.

Rhine river in Western Europe

The Rhine is a European river that begins in the Swiss canton of Graubünden in the southeastern Swiss Alps, forms part of the Swiss-Liechtenstein, Swiss-Austrian, Swiss-German and then the Franco-German border, then flows through the German Rhineland and the Netherlands and eventually empties into the North Sea.

Eglisau Place in Zürich, Switzerland

Eglisau is a municipality in the district of Bülach in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

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