Get out of town and into nature! In this Collection, we present seven trail running routes - from the short post-work loop to clear your mind, to a challenging run to an enjoyable power out on the weekend. All you have to do is put on your running shoes and get going - the trails are ready and waiting for you!
Zurich is a city of superlatives. It is the largest city in Switzerland, the biggest financial center in the country, it has the most well-connected railway station and forms the creative center of the Alpine state. And, incidentally, Zurich is one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world. Why is that so? With the help of the routes in this Collection of trail runs, you can find the answers for yourself. Discover how you can leave the urban charm behind in no time at all in exchange for the peace and idyll of nature. Power yourself up challenging climbs to the tops of Zurich's mountains, enjoy the magnificent view of the city from one of the mountain peaks and relax into the narrow trail along a stream which takes you back down to the valley. A short train ride and you'll be strolling through the cozy old town again, where you'll end your perfect day with a hot cup of coffee.
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The start of the 16-kilometer round is the Triemli train station. Right at the beginning, a long, steep climb awaits you, which initially leads along asphalt along the Döltschibach but turns off after a few hundred meters on gravel and forest paths. Dan you run up to the ridge path and to the highest point of the run at about 800 meters altitude. Up here you will always cross the Biketrail-Triemli - also among mountain bikers the Uetliberg is a popular area.After a short break with Jura view, you continue towards Fallätschen, the scenic highlight of the tour. Along the striking cliff you come across wild and romantic paths and past the rustic tea hushi, which invites you to take a leisurely break. Here you can recharge your batteries for the last part of the run, which brings you back to Triemli via narrow and demanding trails.The starting point of the race can be reached quickly from the center of Zurich: the Stadtbahn line 14 will take you from the old town to the Triemli train station in around fifteen minutes. Alternatively, there are some parking spaces in the area where you can park your car.
The walk across the warehouses from Regensberg to Baden is a true classic. But also for runners, the narrow ridge path over the ridge offers the finest conditions for a demanding trail run. This approximately 16-kilometer circular route takes you from Regensberg to the ridge north of Zurich and not only uses the well-known and popular hiking trail, but also the hidden trails around it.Start is in the small town Regensberg. From here, you first run out of town and collect on wide trails a few meters, until you finally reach the ridge on the warehouses. About wooded trails, you follow its course, first in the west. In autumn and in winter, when the trees do not bear any leaves, you can enjoy the magnificent view towards the Alps - in summer, on the other hand, you can enjoy the shade that the trees provide. At the turning point of the tour, the viewpoint on the Burghorn still offers an impressive overview. Now you head back eastwards until you reach the next striking lookout point of the ridge path on the 859 meter high police station. From here on, you will only go back to Regensberg downhill. Regensberg has a very beautiful medieval old town - if you still have time and desire, worth a visit.To get to the starting point of the race, take the S15 from Zurich to Dielsdorf. From here take the bus (line 593) to Regensberg Dorf. Alternatively, you can start at the train station Diesdorf (plus two kilometers each way) or of course by car. You can park at one of the many parking lots near the start.
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North of Zurich, not far from the German border, is the up to almost 700 meters high plateau mountain Irchel. Once you have reached the plateau, you will always have picturesque views - ideal conditions for a nice run away from the hustle and bustle of the city.The run begins in Freienstein first with a shallow passage through the picturesque valley of the Töss. Cross the river via the "Blindensteg", walk through Dättlikon and start the steep ascent to the mountain - if you see the Irchelturm, you have almost made it! Once at the top, it pays off to pack up the 28 meters of the viewing platform - the fantastic view is a fair reward for the challenging journey here. In the further course, this round is much easier.
Sometimes over narrow trails, sometimes on spacious dirt roads you now run across the plateau from lookout to lookout point. Places for idyllic breaks are really enough here. The last few kilometers is then only downhill until you are back in Freienstein.This round is quite far out of the Zurich area, so the journey by public transport takes a little longer: By bus and train you are from Zurich main station about 40 minutes on the way. First you take the train to the airport, from there the bus line 521 brings you to Freienstein (stop Alte Brücke). By car, you're on the road for about half an hour.
On the eastern edge of Zurich is the Adlisberg, whose wooded hills tower up to 701 meters. The Adlisberg is an important recreational area for Zurich, so you will not only find a lookout tower, but also various restaurants and hotels and many beautiful trails for walking and hiking. A large part of the infrastructure for recreation seekers we owe to the "beautification club Zurich", who did much at the end of the 19th century to lure people to the Adlisberg. They wanted to go with the newly opened train to Uetliberg. That's why outlook towers, hiking trails, bridges, benches and drinking fountains were erected as bait, which still make us happy today.This short round is particularly well suited if you do not have much time, but still do not feel like asphalt. The trails are usually unpaved, but of course you do not expect any alpine hiking trails here. Nevertheless, this run is fun, leads you through an idyllic Bachtal and up to magnificent lookout points. Incidentally, at the beginning and at the end of the course you run parallel to the Adlisbergtrail, a route built especially for mountain bikers. If they are not training here, you can add some spice to this section of the trail with a little swing to the left.From the center of Zurich to the top station of the Dolderbahn the journey takes less than 20 minutes. You start with the line 3 to Römerhof, from there it goes with the rack railway to the starting point of the run.
This one-way run from Meilen to Küsnacht is already part of your way home, so to speak. The idea: You take the S-Bahn out of Zurich and walk back in the direction of "home". After a wonderful run on the hills of the Zürichsee-Ostufers the S-Bahn does the rest.From the city center of Zurich, the S-Bahn needs - depending on where you start - only about 20 minutes to the starting point of the tour at the station of Meilen. Here you get off and after just a few hundred meters you turn off onto a narrow trail that follows the village stream and leads you up to the Pfaffenstiel, a ridge on the eastern shore of Lake Zurich, which is a popular recreational area for the inhabitants of the area. Up to almost 840 meters it goes up - you can enjoy a magnificent view above, when the forest opens in between.You walk uphill for about five kilometers - after that, the route almost only leads downhill. It becomes especially enjoyable as soon as you hit the second village stream of the race. Along impressive waterfalls, giant boulders and even a small cave you follow the Tobelweg, which spits you out about 500 meters in front of the station in Küsnacht. From here you take the S6 back to the city.
The Sihlwald is located on the eastern flank of the Albis, the mountain range in the canton of Zurich, which also includes the Zurich local mountain Uetliberg. The Sihlwald is located east of the city, but is just as accessible. And although it is a popular recreational destination, a great nature experience awaits you here: The Sihlwald has been left to its own devices since the year 2000 and has been designated as a nature reserve of national importance.This run starts at the station Sihlwald and leads you over some steep hiking trails up to the highest point of the Albis, the Bürglenstutz at about 915 meters altitude. Here you walk over a narrow ridge and enjoy the narrow, rooty trail that leads you to the "highlight" of the round, the observation tower Albis-Hochwacht, whose 153 steps are a small extra challenge, which is rewarded with breathtaking views.On this round, you will walk through different zones of the nature park. In the "nature concession zone" you are allowed to enter the forest freely and off the beaten track and if you like, you can look for a quiet place and observe with a bit of leisure how nature has already recaptured the wood once used for wood production. In the core zone, on the other hand, you should definitely stay on the paths and treat plants and animals to their rest. This round is quite challenging due to the many altitude meters, but relatively short. If you want to keep walking, you can easily extend the route across the many paths through the Sihlwald.The Sihlwald is easily accessible by S-Bahn line S4. From the center of Zurich, the journey takes about 25 minutes.
Northwest of Zurich is the municipality Regensdorf, which is just outside the city an easily accessible possibility to pursue in a rural idyll and on beautiful trails the running sport. From the train station it does not take long to find yourself on the beautiful forest trails and trails of the Altberg.The Altberg is traditionally a popular hiking area - already at the end of the 19th century there was a restaurant and a four-storey wooden lookout tower. Even today, the cozy Waldschänke is run by the descendants of their founders. It is the culinary destination of this run and with the new lookout tower next door, a second, real highlight awaits you here.The route takes you up and down, sometimes steep, sometimes very gently. You run through a beautiful mix of forest trails and narrow paths mainly through forest. The route is pleasantly quiet - perfect for Auspowern and shutdown. In good weather, a detour to the nature reserve Katzensee is worthwhile after the run. At designated bathing areas you can refresh yourself here after the run.The S6 takes you from Zurich main station in just 17 minutes to the starting point of the tour to Regensdorf.