Vitaparcours in Zurich – Workout Training in the Woods
For the last 50 years, Swiss fitness enthusiasts have been burning off their excess fat in the woods. They keep in shape on so-called “Vitaparcours” – fitness parcourses or trails – by running, hopping, swinging and hanging.

Vitaparcours in Zurich – Fitness in the Forest

Fitness in the Forest

The first Vitaparcours was created in 1968 in Zurich’s urban Fluntern quarter, directly next to Zurich Zoo. In the meantime, there are over 500 such fitness trails, most of them located in a wood or forest. The circuits have 15 stations at regular intervals featuring different strength, endurance and flexibility exercises, and are between a few hundred meters and several kilometers long. In Switzerland, everyone is familiar with the Vitaparcours trails. Below are four of the most popular ones in Zurich – including the very first Vitaparcours in Fluntern.

Number 497 | Fluntern

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Length: 2.2 km (1.4 miles)
Elevation: 50 m (164 ft)
Start: at the end of Forrenweidstrasse (Google Maps)
Getting there: “Zoo” tram stop, tram 6 or bus 39 (public transport)


Number 500 | Uetliberg

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Length: 2.3 km (1.5 miles)
Elevation: 70 m (230 ft)
Start: at the end of Uetlibergstrasse (Google Maps)
Getting there: “Albisgütli” tram stop, tram 13 (public transport)


Number 498 | Käferberg

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Length: 2.3km (1.5 miles)
Elevation: 60m (197ft)
Start: a short distance above the Waidstrasse/Käferholzstrasse crossing (Google Maps)
Getting there: “Bucheggplatz” tram stop, tram 11 & 15 or bus 32, 40, 69, 72 (public transport)

Number 495 | Zollikerberg

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Length: 4.1 km (2.5 miles)
Elevation: 130 m (427 ft)
Start: a short distance above where Bergstrasse joins Forchstrasse (Google Maps)
Getting there: “Waldburg” tram stop, train S18 (public transport)


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