Guidebook

The Zürichsee-Rundweg - An Epic Tour of Lake Zürich

Walk the entire circumference of Lake Zürich over 10 spectacular days.

Description

Covering 120 kilometres and 2800 metres of ascent/descent over the course of 10 days, this is a spectacular hike around one of Europe's most beautiful lakes.

The hiking is never difficult and is all on good, well established trails but the sheer length of the route means that you'll need a bit of hiking fitness and experience to deal with weather changes and the physical exertion of almost 2 week's hiking.

En route around the lake you will see wonderful views, historical castles, charming villages and some fabulous wineries and restaurants in one of Europe's most stunning areas. The days are all fairly short so take plenty of stops and soak in the wonders of Lake Zürich.

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 1 Zurich to Adliswil

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 1 Zurich to Adliswil

Zurich
0 - 1 hrs
3.9 km
38 m
17 m
The start of the epic 10 stage hike around Lake Zurich.
Easy
Private
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 2 Adliswil to Horgen

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 2 Adliswil to Horgen

Zurich
3 - 4 hrs
14.4 km
256 m
280 m
An easy and pleasurable hike that fully immerses you in nature.
Easy
Private
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 3 Horgen to Richterswil

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 3 Horgen to Richterswil

2 - 3 hrs
11.5 km
83 m
80 m
Follow the lakeside for the whole of stage 3 of the Zürichsee-Weg.
Easy
Private
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 4 Richterswil Horn to the Pfäffiker Unterdorf

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

4 - 5 hrs
16.9 km
672 m
674 m
Also known as the "King's Stage" of the Zürichsee-Weg
Easy
Private
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 5 Pfäffikon to Schmerikon

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 5 Pfäffikon to Schmerikon

4 - 5 hrs
22.4 km
328 m
324 m
Woodlands and a glistening lake make for a super hike!
Easy
Private
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 6 Schmerikon to Rapperswil

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 6 Schmerikon to Rapperswil

2 - 3 hrs
10.9 km
43 m
41 m
Enjoy views across the lake from start to finish.
Easy
Private
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 7 Rapperswil to Stäfa

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 7 Rapperswil to Stäfa

3 - 4 hrs
14.7 km
335 m
273 m
An easy hike through rolling hills.
Easy
Private
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 8 Stäfa to Meilen

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 8 Stäfa to Meilen

2 - 3 hrs
11.1 km
249 m
300 m
Explore the foothills of the Pfannenstiel complete with vineyards and forests.
Easy
Private
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 9 Meilen to Küsnacht

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 9 Meilen to Küsnacht

2 - 3 hrs
10.1 km
214 m
220 m
A countryside stroll just outside of Zurich.
Easy
Private
The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 10 Küsnacht Zurich Burgwies

The Zürichsee-Weg (Lake Zurich trail): Stage 10 Küsnacht Zurich Burgwies

1 - 2 hrs
7.5 km
166 m
129 m
The final stage of the Lake Zurich trail takes you from rolling countryside to bright city lights!
Easy
Private