Guidebook

A Week of Gorgeous Hikes around Zürich

7 of the best day walks from one of Europe's coolest cities.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

As well as being a capital of culture, Zürich is also something of a mecca for hiking and if you do these 7 walks you will understand why!

All of these trips can be reached using the excellent Swiss public transport system so you can stay in downtown Zürich and enjoy city life in the evenings whilst also escaping into the peace of nature during the days.

There's an amazing diversity amongst these hikes but without question the most unusual one is the tour around Zürich airport. It sounds strange (and it is a bit!) but the walk is surprisingly quiet for much of the way and its sheer uniqueness makes it a fun day out.

For that combination of city and serenity, look no further.

Rund um den Greifensee

Rund um den Greifensee

4 - 5 hrs
20.1 km
110 m
110 m
Easy
Private
Wanderung Hombrechtikon – Grüningen

Wanderung Hombrechtikon – Grüningen

1 - 2 hrs
6.2 km
90 m
100 m
Flower splendour in the Zurich Oberland
Easy
Private
Wädenswil - Hirzel - Au

Wädenswil - Hirzel - Au

3 - 4 hrs
14.3 km
544 m
544 m
An easy hike through historical villages and charming Swiss countryside.
Easy
Private
Forch - Pfannenstiel - Meilen

Forch - Pfannenstiel - Meilen

2 - 3 hrs
10.9 km
216 m
489 m
A lovely hike through shady woodlands.
Easy
Private
Rund um den Pfäffikersee

Rund um den Pfäffikersee

2 - 3 hrs
9.9 km
72 m
81 m
The Pfäffikersee is an important retreat for the local flora and fauna, which is why most of the lake shore is protected. The mountain panorama is overwhelming on clear days.
Easy
Private
Die klassische Zürcher Gratwanderung mit prächtigen Weitblicken

Die klassische Zürcher Gratwanderung mit prächtigen Weitblicken

4 - 5 hrs
19.8 km
589 m
869 m
The Albis chain, about 20 kilometres long, is an important local recreation area. The Gratweg with its resting places, lookout towers and mountain inns is the most visited trail in the world. Hiking trail.
Easy
Private
Girenbad – Bachtel: «Wanderung am Bachtel für Gross und Klein»

Girenbad – Bachtel: «Wanderung am Bachtel für Gross und Klein»

2 - 3 hrs
9.3 km
482 m
482 m
There is plenty for young and old to discover on the three-hour hike: a wonderful panoramic view, a fairytale forest, restaurants and the impressive "Bachtelspalt" - a metre-high Nagefluh furrow that - if you believe the legend - slowly closes. A varied circular hike with a little thrill.
Moderate
Private