Enjoy Zürich's hiking and natural paradise that boasts parks, public gardens, natural wonders such as the Uetliberg, Zürich’s local mountain, boat trips/cruises on Lake Zürich, and hiking excursions to lakes and rivers, through forests, and over hill and dale.
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At 2850 feet above sea level, Uetliberg towers over the rooftops of Zürich. The mountain affords… more
The mountain affords an impressive panoramic view of the city, the lake and the Alps.
The Uetliberg is particularly popular in November, as its summit is often above the blanket of fog that can cover the city at this time of year. In the winter, the hiking trails to the summit are converted into sledding runs.
In summer, there’s plenty to discover on well-marked hiking routes, a mountain bike route, and on the Planet Trail. This hour-and-a-half to two-hour walk from Uetliberg to Felsenegg (Adliswil) takes you on a fascinating tour through a model of our solar system.
The S10 service of the Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn SZU railway, Europe’s steepest normal-gauge adhesion railway, runs from Zürich Main Station to Uetliberg Station, a ten-minute walk from the summit.
Price for the 4-zone ticket:
Adults: CHF 16 / Children: CHF 8
Free ride with the ZürichCARD.
Further information at www.zvv.ch
You have the possibility of climbing to the top of Uetliberg mountain (approx. 1 hour):
- The varied Denzlerweg leads almost straight up from Albisguetli (last stop on the number 13 tram line) to the summit.
- Laternenweg also leads from Albisguetli slightly further westwards up to the ridge.
- The Hohensteinweg leads up from Triemli (last stop on the number 14 tram line) over a shoulder of the mountain and is especially popular in the winter as a sledging run.
- A woodland path leads up from Uitikon-Waldegg (car park) to the summit. This path has the smallest incline.
There is also a mountain bike route that begins at the television tower and takes bikers over 3.5 km and a difference in altitude of 350 m down to the Triemli SZU station.
Elephants, rhinos, penguins and 20 species of monkeys are just some of the animals on the… more
Enjoy the sight of the snow leopards in their rocky Himalaya landscape, watch the Andean bears as they go climbing in search of food in their misty mountain world, and admire the giant turtles swimming in the Masoala Rainforest, where it is warm and humid all year round – a fragrant, tropical green oasis, a piece of Madagascar live on 13,000 square yards.
Possibility to hold events in the adjacent restaurant with a stunning view of the rainforest.
Book your Zoo Zurich entry ticket online or at the Tourist Service at the Main Railway Station:
- Adults: CHF 22
- Children (aged 6 - 16) / disabled: CHF 11
- Youth (aged 16 - 25): CHF 16
- Families (partner with own children, aged 6 - 16): CHF 60
- Special tickets for owners of a ZürichCARD (10 % discount)
The slightly curved Lake Zürich is surrounded, on the left side by yet dense forests and hills… more
The slightly curved Lake Zürich is surrounded, on the left side by yet dense forests and hills stretching from Albis to Zimmerberg, and, on the right side, by the Pfannenstil region.
Water flowing into the lake from the cliffs of both chains of hills cut deep gorges into the moraines and deposited sand and gravel in both coastal areas. The moraines formed elements which left their mark on the landscape. Looking down the south-eastern side from Zürich, the suburbs of Zürich become increasingly replaced by more rural coastal zones.
The lake can be crossed, on the one hand, by means of the ferry running between Meilen and Horgen, and, on the other hand, by the Seedamm completed in 1878, which connects the lake's coasts at its most narrow point between Hurden and Rapperswil. And pedestrians can cross the lake on the newly constructed wooden bridge stretching from Rapperswil to Hurden.
In the past, the lake was mainly used as a highway and place of transportation. Today, it is a wellknown, appealing destination for tourists coming form near and far. Taking a boat trip on a sunny day in the summer no doubt belongs to one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a day in the region.
|Length of coast||87.60 km|
|Total surface||88.66 km2|
|Deepest point||143.00 m (between Herrliberg and Oberrieden)|
|Widest point||3.85 km (between Stäfa and Richterswil)|
|Middle water level||405.95 meters above sea level|
|Inflow||Linth in Schmerikon|
|Outlet||Limmat in Zürich|
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Price: Package price for a guided tour, max 10 children: CHF 180 (60 min.), CHF 220 (90 min.)
for any additional child: CHF 18 / CHF 22
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