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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