I am born by the North Sea and I love water. What would I do in Zurich? Yes, exactely this: with the early morning mood I start from the Hotel Europe and walk along the lake promenade of Lake Zurich to the „Bürkliplatz“,. Preferably, on a Tuesday or Friday, because then there is the weekly market. Amazing fresh herbs, regional vegetables, fresh baked bread and a lot more delicious things are waiting for you. After that you go on a 20-minutes walk also along the lake promenade to „Strandbad Mythequai“ to rent Stand up paddling board. Now you can explore Zurich from the water perspective and just paddle and enjoy. In the evening you end the day at restaurant Max & Otto in the Romantik Hotel Europe. Try it!
Lakes, mountains, meadows, forests and rivers - Zurich is surrounded by a stunning nature. There are lots of wonderful excursions to book which are all close by. We would be happy to advice you individually and find the best excursion for you!
Our Europe-nature-tip: a hiking trip to the „Uetliberg“, the local mountain of Zurich. After 260 meters altitude difference and a 2-hours walk through the forest you will reach the 871 meters high Uetliberg. One thing is certain: it is worth it for the amazing view! (It is of course also possible to go by train).
Hiking on the Uetliberg
If you start from the city of Zurich, the summit of the Uetliberg, the Uto Kulm, with its 871 meters above sea level, is a first charming hiking destination. From there, there are several hiking routes and trails with unique views that can be easily managed by families with children. From several places in the city there is the possibility to hike to the top of the Uetliberg, duration about 1h:
The varied Denzlerweg leads from Albisgüetli (terminus of streetcar line 13) in a fairly straight line to the summit.
Also from Albisgüetli, the Lantern Trail leads a bit further west to the ridge.
From Triemli (streetcar line 14 terminus), the Hohensteinweg leads up over a mountain shoulder. This path is particularly popular as a toboggan run in winter.
From the parking lot in Uitikon-Waldegg, a forest road leads to the summit. This path has the smallest gradient.
Hiking around the Uetliberg
Countless paths and trails - even real mountain trails - crisscross the forested area. The best known is the ridge trail from the Uetliberg over the Felsenegg to the Albispass or further over the Albishorn to Sihlbrugg Dorf.