Your new hiking shoes are waiting for their first use? You want to get out and spend a whole day in nature? And all that immediately and without a long journey? Then we have put together the perfect tour package for you here: the wide hills and mountains of the Zurich Oberland and the elongated Albis ridge extend around Zurich. In this picturesque landscape, lakes, streams and rivers lure you to varied day tours.
We have selected a total of seven tours for you, on which you can explore the waters and nature of the Zurich hinterland. Cross Lake Zurich on the "Holzsteg" and enjoy wide views from Bachtel and Uetliberg. Observe rare birds on the picturesque Flachsee. Circle the Pfäffikersee and stop at the Juckerhof adventure farm. Or you can discover the picturesque river valleys of the Küsnachter Dorfbach and the Sihl.
As befits Switzerland, all our tours can be easily reached by bus and train. Just get on the train and out into nature – that's what a hiking day must be like.
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The Uetliberg forms the northern end of the Albis mountain range, which rises in the west of Lake Zurich. The Zurich local mountain is proud 870 meters high and thus a magnificent viewpoint. From here, many hikes over the wooded slopes of the mountain range and through the quaint Sihlwald are worthwhile. We take you on our route from the Uetliberg down to the romantic Türlersee.You can easily reach the Uetliberg without strenuous ascent with the line S10, which brings you directly from Zurich main station here. From the stop Uetliberg it is only a few meters up to the summit and the lookout tower. The ascent to the tower is well worth it, because from here you have a wonderful view over Zurich, Lake Zurich and up to the Alps.From here it goes in constant up and down over the ridge of the Albis chain in the south. Sometimes you wander through beautiful mountain forest and sometimes you will enjoy wide views from lush meadows. At the Felsenegg you can have a tasty break in the restaurant of the same name. Then our tour will take you to the Albis Pass, where your descent to the Türlersee begins.Along a quiet road you hike downhill and then on a well-maintained path around the picturesque lake. On the north shore you leave the lake and stand a little later at the bus stop Landhaus. From here the bus line 236 will take you to the stop Zurich Triemli, where you can change back to the S10.
The Pfäffikersee east of Zurich is perfect for a leisurely day trip. The lake is not too big, so even leisurely hikers and families can easily walk around it. In the cold months, you can enjoy the quiet nature and the beautiful views of the mountains and in the summer, many free swimming spots to jump into the cold water.The train station Pfäffikon ZH, the starting point of your tour, will be approached directly from line S3 from Zurich. Here you stroll for a short distance through the cozy town until you arrive at the lakeshore. The first view is already glorious: the sparkling lake spreads out in front of you, behind it the gentle hills of the Zurich Oberland and in the distance the peaks of the Alps.Our tour takes you around the lake on a comfortable foot and cycle path counter-clockwise. Time near the water, sometimes a few meters from the shore, you walk along the Pfäffikersee. Halfway along, you will reach the adventure farm Juckerhof. With a restaurant, farm shop, playground and petting zoo, it is the perfect place for a break with the whole family.Strengthened, you continue hiking around the lake and back to the starting point of your hike.
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The Sihl rises in the Schwyz Prealps and winds from there down the valley until it opens in the middle of Zurich in the Limmat. On her way she has created picturesque valley landscapes. A particularly beautiful section of the river can be explored south of the hamlet of Seebrugg. So that the hike becomes a real pleasure, our route starts in the higher situated huts. From here it is always downriver along the Sihl.Starting point is the bus stop Hütten Schulhaus. From nearby Wädenswill station, the 160 bus will take you to the start of your hike in about 15 minutes. From the bus stop it is only a few meters to the picturesque Sihltal. On both sides of the river here is lined by tall trees and the water splashing between large stones - just picturesque.On a well-maintained hiking trail, it goes straight for you along the shore. After about half of the way, the restaurant Sihlmättli invites you to a hearty rest. Freshly caught trout are served here in an old, lovingly restored farmhouse. On the meandering river, you continue through the narrow valley until you reach the goal of the hike at Sihlbrugg. The bus 31 brings you from here to the station Baar, where you can change to the train to Zurich.
Before the Seedamm was built in 1873 over Lake Zurich between Rapperswil and Pfäffikon, a wide boardwalk led across the lake for many years. In 2001 it was decided to partially rebuild the footbridge. Since then, hikers and cyclists from Rapperswil can follow the old course of the footbridge and walk or cycle with a wonderful view to the peninsula Hurden. Our tour then continues on the lakeshore to Pfäffikon, where you can take the train back to Zurich.Take the S15 from Zurich to the starting point Rapperswil. From the train station it goes to the marina and right on the boardwalk. The bridge is made entirely of oak wood and, with a total length of 841 meters, is the longest wooden bridge in Switzerland. Away from the constant traffic of the Seedamm you can enjoy a fantastic view across the lake to the mountain ranges of the Alps.On the shore of the peninsula Hurden ends the wooden pier. Here you cross the Seedammstraße and then stroll along the shores of Lake Zurich to Pfäffikon station. From here you can take various train lines back to Zurich or to the starting point Rapperswil.
Granted, apart from the detour to the small Bachtelweiher this tour is not right on the water. But you have from the lookout tower on the summit of the Bachtels an incomparable view of the surrounding lakes: To the south, the elongated Lake Zurich and northeast you can admire the Pfäffikersee and the Greifensee in the hills of the Zurich Oberland.From Rüti ZH station, take the S26 to Gibswil station, the starting point of your hike. From the small community our tour takes you over wide, lush meadows gently uphill in the direction of Bachtel. On the way you pass farms and the picturesque Bachtelweiher. Immediately afterwards, you will hike through a forest for a short distance before you finally reach the summit.Here you will find the lookout tower and a cozy restaurant. After enjoying the view over the Zurich Oberland and having dined in the restaurant, you will hike down alpine meadows with magnificent foresight. The aim of the tour is the station Wald, where you can jump back into the S26 to Rüti.
Above Küsnacht, at the end of the last ice age, the village stream cut a romantic gorge into the hilly landscape of the Zurich Oberland: the Küsnachter Tobel. Over many smaller and larger waterfalls the brook splashes down to the valley, until it joins Lake Zurich at Küsnacht. On our round trip we lead you on forest paths to the Tobel and then along the water to the mouth.From Zurich you can take several train lines to the train station Küsnacht. Here begins your hike to Küsnachter Tobel. Right at the beginning you hike upstream on the village stream until our route leaves the stream and bends to the south. On the edge of meadows and through small forest it goes evenly uphill. At the hamlet Tobelmüli you will meet again on the village stream.Along the stream it goes downhill and straight into the picturesque Küsnachter Tobel. The valley is densely wooded and a well-developed trail leads through the middle. The most impressive relic from the Ice Age is probably the Alexander Stone. The massive boulder comes from the Glarus Alps and was once brought by glaciers to its current location. From the Alexander stone you accompany the village brook to its mouth in the lake of Zurich. Here you can enjoy the magnificent view over the lake, before you get back on the train at the station Küsnacht.
West of Zurich, the Reuss ripples through a vast, meadow-lined valley landscape. Through the construction of the hydroelectric power plant between Bremgarten and Zufikon in the 1970s, an elongated artificial lake has formed above the weir. Fauna had quickly accepted the new lake and today live and breed here countless, rare waterfowl. On our round trip we will take you around the picturesque lake and the most beautiful bird watching spots.From the station Birmensdorf ZH the bus line 245 goes to the bus stop Hecht, where the starting point of the hike is. Here you cross the bridge Rottenschwil and turn left on the other side of the river Reuss in the direction of the lake. You wander through a wide reed and moor area, where you can already discover several waterfowl. Especially suitable for animal watching is of course the bird watching stand. With binoculars and telephoto lens you can hide well here through narrow slits the water dwellers from a distance.Continue along the shore then head north. At the Dominilochsteg you cross the Reuss again. Now you turn south and stroll along the water back to the starting point of your hike.