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The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 4 Richterswil Horn to the Pfäffiker Unterdorf

Also known as the "King's Stage" of the Zürichsee-Weg

Also in Schwyz, Switzerland

Hiking Easy

17 km
672 m
674 m
4-5 hrs
Low Point
403 m
High Point
999 m
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 4 Richterswil Horn to the Pfäffiker Unterdorf Map

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail) is a wonderful way to explore Zurich’s glistening lake and its surrounding woodlands, streams, marshlands and historical gems. Come across castles with mountain backdrops, elegant villas with sandy beaches to take a dip and medieval villages to welcome you in for a pitstop on this epic 10 stage circular hike.


This stretch of the hike is called the “King’s Stage” and begins in one of the most perfect swimming spots next to the lake, before quickly pulling away into the hills. Climb over 800 metres in altitude away from the shoreline of Lake Zurich towards Central Switzerland, with its rolling pastures and flowering moors and mountainous backdrop. Stop at the Etzel Kulm (1093m) to take in views of Lake Zurich before you descend to St. Meinrad, Luegeten, and on to Pfäffiker Unterdorf.

Sources https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/wanderland/routes/route/etappe-01477.html https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/sport/lake-zurich-circular-tour



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between March and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features

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