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Looking for beginner's hiking route in and around Zurich

Helo All,

Iam a newbie here and wanted to explore Zurich and also wanna get out somewhere over this long weekend. Can anyone suggest someplace for beginners hiking route in and around Zurich for a day. Also if anyone is already doing and has a spot available, can i please join ?

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Re: Looking for beginer's hiking route in and around Zurich

Try this link

http://www.englishforum.ch/sports-fi...h-walking.html

or this one

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/interests/hiking1.html

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Re: Looking for beginer's hiking route in and around Zurich

Try the Lägern. pretty basic hiking route from Stienmaur to Baden, approximately 11 kms and you get to see Yaks, yeah yaks and one crazyass football pretending to be a weather radar.

http://www.theswitzerlandtraveler.co...ich-the-lgern/
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Old 20.05.2010, 22:31
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Re: Looking for beginer's hiking route in and around Zurich

Have you tried Uetliberg, it is Zurich's local hill and you can hike up from Triemli train or tram station to Top of Zurich. Then you have numerous options to get down: either catch the train down, or continue over the ridge and get down by Felsenegg cable car, or hike down to Adliswil, or if you feel like it, you could hike all the way to Zug and catch a train back. On weekends there will be numerous hikers, runners and MTB-ers and you can't get lost.

It is a bit OTT IMO, but you can carry a map and/or a GPS, it won't hurt.

Have fun!
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Re: Looking for beginer's hiking route in and around Zurich

There was a cool write-up of several shorter hikes in and around Zurich in yesterday's paper. Granted, it's in German, but you should be able to make sense of it, as route maps are included:
http://www.zueritipp.ch/story/stadtl...-kuehles-bier/
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Iam a newbie here and wanted to explore Zurich and also wanna get out somewhere over this long weekend. Can anyone suggest someplace for beginners hiking route in and around Zurich for a day.
Get yourself a Zurich Wanderkarte.
There are 6 Blue edition 1:25000 Wanderkarte's covering Zurich Canton from SwissTopo (Switzerland's superb OS maps) with clearly marked routes in red.
Sheets No.4 & 5 cover the whole city, lake & surrounding area (inc. Uetliberg) down to Rapperswil.

The big main bookshop in Zurich, Orell Fussli (just off Bahnhofstr.), have a very well stocked Swiss topo department on the 1st floor.
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Re: Looking for beginer's hiking route in and around Zurich

This is a lovely one: from Walenstadt to Quinten. Mostly through a forest, past a waterfall, along the Walensee and ending at a truly tropical place called Quinten.
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Re: Looking for beginer's hiking route in and around Zurich

Here's an easy one to follow. Start at the Zurich main station. Cross the street to the Landesmuseum (that building that looks like a castle). The hike starts in the park behind the museum (Spitzplatz park). Go to the end of the park, cross the bridge (the bridge on the right), then simply follow the Limmat River. There is a well marked path. You will quickly come across one of Zurich's most popular bathing areas on the river, nice place to have a beer and people watch (and swim). About 5km further down you will end up at a very pleasant island in the river, "Werdinsel" with great place to take a dip and a nice outdoor restaurant and lawn. You can either turn around and come back to Zurich, or continue another 5km to "Klosterfahr", an 800 year old monastary (nunnary actually) with nice outdoor restaurant, and places to hang out along the river. Very peaceful place, and they have wine tasting in their cellars on Saturday. After that, continue another kilometer or so down the river, and you will run into Glanzenberg train station: catch the next train back to Zurich, and you will be back at the main station in a few minutes. Tried and tested route, though I prefer do it on a mountain bike.
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Re: Looking for beginer's hiking route in and around Zurich

Hi,

I am also newly moved to Zurich - I am looking for a hike to do with some visiting guests next weekend.

I've been told that Flims Waldhaus Caumasee is nice but I'm not sure if mid-April is the right time of year for this hike? Apparently you can swim in the lake (which I imagine is a bit chilly in April...?) but I'm not sure if the lifts in Flims are open for hikers yet?

Also does anyone know what the hikes from Qinten are like? I've heard that you can both north to Weesen and south to Wallenstadt - has anyone tried those routes? Would you recommend either?

We're looking for an easy/medium hike that lasts about 5-6 hours not far from Zurich. Accessible on a Sunday by train. Any other recs would be most welcome.

Thanks!
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Re: Looking for beginner's hiking route in and around Zurich

Info in second post on this thread or in the relevant sticky. Have fun.
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Re: Looking for beginer's hiking route in and around Zurich

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Hi,

I am also newly moved to Zurich - I am looking for a hike to do with some visiting guests next weekend.

Also does anyone know what the hikes from Qinten are like? I've heard that you can both north to Weesen and south to Wallenstadt - has anyone tried those routes? Would you recommend either?

We're looking for an easy/medium hike that lasts about 5-6 hours not far from Zurich. Accessible on a Sunday by train. Any other recs would be most welcome.

Thanks!
Just back from a hike along Walensee. Personally, I think it is one of the most beautiful hikes and I do it regularly. Here is a link (it is in German but the times etc. you can figure out): http://www.wandersite.ch/Tageswander...nsee.html#c%29.

I started in Amden Lehni and went to Walenstadtberg and took the bus down to Walenstadt. It works in the other direction too: Walenstadt with the train, bus to Walenstadtberg alte Post and then walking. You can walk to Quinten from either direction and get the ferry back. From Walenstadtberg you can walk to Betlis and get the ferry back to Weesen - Betlis to Weesen is not particularly nice. Lots of possibilities. Quiten is wonderful for lunch.
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Re: Looking for beginner's hiking route in and around Zurich

Thumbs up for the Uetliberg ridge. Start at the summit, and head south along the ridge. To come back, either take the cable car down from Felsenegg, or the bus back from the Türlersee, or the S-bahn back from Sihlbrugg depending on how far you want to walk.

Also consider the Zürichsee Panoramaweg, which is a great panorama walk down the east side of the lake. This takes 2 or 3 days to do it all but you can just pick sections to do of various lengths.
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Re: Looking for beginner's hiking route in and around Zurich

Thanks for the response Longbyt - those links are very helpful!

Perhaps a stupid question but what is a 'sticky'?

Thanks also Zigger - sounds like Walensee is where we will head.

Appreciate all the tips!

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Re: Looking for beginner's hiking route in and around Zurich

Stickies are the Threads which are 'stuck' so that they remain at the top of the relevant sub-forum. Others work their way (or are pushed) down the list until they no longer show up when looking at the latest Threads in that area. The word 'sticky' is actually on the left of the title.

In this way informative Threads, like the Hiking information and the GPS Tagged Hikes which are to be found in the "Tennis/Hiking/Swimming in Switzerland" Sticky, remain easy-to-find (once one realises that they are there!) Threads with specific questions and of interest to a smaller group of members disappear quite quickly.

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Re: Looking for beginner's hiking route in and around Zurich

Amden was blooming lovely at the weekend - bright sunshine and blue skies the whole time - although the temperatures were down compared to last weekend.

A few of us ran from Walenstadt to Weesen last year - it what was arguably the most enjoyable run of 2010.
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Re: Looking for beginner's hiking route in and around Zurich

Another area that's easy hiking and offers great view is on the other side of the lake just past Zumikon called the Pfannenstiel. There's not as many people as the Uetliberg so it's a clamer experience. You can get there on the Forchbahn from Stadelhofenplatz.

Here's a link with more information on the area: http://www.pfannenstiel.ch/
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Re: Looking for beginer's hiking route in and around Zurich

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Hi,
I've been told that Flims Waldhaus Caumasee is nice but I'm not sure if mid-April is the right time of year for this hike? Apparently you can swim in the lake (which I imagine is a bit chilly in April...?) but I'm not sure if the lifts in Flims are open for hikers yet?
This is one of my favourites, and you don't need to use the lifts at Flims. Just get off the Postbus at Flims Waldhaus and follow the signs. We tend to walk all the way down to the viewing platform overlooking the Rhine canyon before trekking back up to Flims Waldhaus.
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/interests/adventure-sports-winter/winter-walking/views-into-the-depths-of-the-rhine-gorge.html

The best bit of the day? The microbrewery with cracking beer at Flims Waldhaus, perfect way to round off a nice hike!
http://www.surselva-bier.ch/
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