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Alternative to Unterägeri closer to Zurich

We wanted to tap into the collective experience here for some location recommendations.

We currently live in Unterägeri and absolutely love it. We are outdoor enthusiasts, and love having so many options for hiking and biking virtually right outside our doorstep, not to mention easy lake access. We also have a high energy dog who needs 30-60 minutes of off-leash exercise most days.

Unfortunately, due to a change at work, we're probably going to have to move closer to Zurich, with no more than a 1 hour commute to Opfikon.


What villages should we consider that can offer a similar lifestyle to Unterägeri, but a 1 hour or less commute to Opfikon?

We are currently looking at Birmensdorf, Urdorf, Uitikon, and Langnau am Albis. We recently explored the last of these and noticed that at least some of the trails require a dog to be on lead (with a warning off-leash dogs can be shot - monstrous!). Not sure if that is just where we happened to look, or if most of the forests in that area are protected. In any case, several of these were nice, but none of them at first visit quite lived up to Unterägeri.

We would also consider closer to lake Zurich, but it didn't seem during our initial tour that any towns offered enough nature for walking to meet our needs.

Many thanks for any ideas!
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Re: Alternative to Unterägeri closer to Zurich

Have you looked at Pfaffikon Zurich ? Has a nice lake and gave me positive vibes when I visited a friend there once.
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Re: Alternative to Unterägeri closer to Zurich

Does a river also satisfy your lake requirement, especially if it is called Rhein? Then you may want to consider Eglisau as well. There is a direct train to Glattbrugg (i.e. Opfikon?) taking 20 minutes, plus many hiking trails and outdoor beauty.

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Have you looked at Pfaffikon Zurich ? Has a nice lake and gave me positive vibes when I visited a friend there once.
We're not really familiar with the areas north of lake Zurich, but that's the second time I've heard that area mentioned, so we'll have to check it out. Thanks!
 




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