Splendid Swiss nature and 7 ways to make the most of it
Zurich bound? Then you have to enjoy the wonderful nature surrounding the city. You’re guaranteed fresh air and an exciting day out with these top seven things to do in the wild.
Taking some time off to experience a new city is something everyone loves doing, but during your city break you might feel the need to take a break from the city. Then you need to check out one of these great activities and things to do when you hear the call of nature in Zurich.
1. Get an overview from Üetliberg
871 metres above sea level rises Üetliberg, Zurich’s very own mountain. The peak gives you an impressive panoramic view of the city, the lake and beyond to the Swiss Alps. Üetliberg is a mountain of adventure, offering all kinds of recreational activities for young and old. During the summer, go paragliding, mountain biking, take a guided hiking trip and more. In winter, hop on a toboggan or sledge and see the sights as you speed past them.
2. Soak up the sun in Josefwiese
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If you’re exploring the trendy area of Zurich West then you should make your way to Josefwiese. This popular park is the home to BBQ enthusiasts, sun worshipers and football players. When the Swiss sun is shining, which is often, this is the place to be! Perfect for families, the kids will have the time of their life in the playground while you kick back and relax in the park.
3. Cruise the wonderful lake
The city is famous for its majestic lake and not without good reason. Lake Zurich is at the heart of city life here, spanning 40km in length and 3km wide. This massive body of water is the perfect spot for a trip by boat. Hop on a choice of cruises with ZSG and enjoy one of the best ways to explore the lake and the surrounding area. How does a romantic sunset cruise with your loved one sound?
4. Paddle your worries away
Standing by the shore is one thing but being in the middle of it all is a completely different experience. Lake Zurich is the perfect place to rent a kayak, whether you’re a beginner or a proficient paddler, and sure to give you a wonderful day out on the water. Several companies offer kayaks for rent, so there’s no excuse to stay on shore.
5. A lovely day on the Lago
If you prefer to be on board a boat, you can rent your very own at The Lago. Close by the Zurich Opera House, The Lago gives you a great opportunity to get from the city centre and into the heart of the lake in a breeze. You can rent smaller boats that don’t require a license or you can hire your very own skipper. Life is truly lovely on the lake, so you won’t regret it.
6. Dragons and ancient stones
Erlenbach and Küsnacht Gorge are rich in natural beauty. Erlenbach rests on the sunny shore of Lake Zurich, where the Dorfbachtobelweg Trail takes you to a stunning waterfall. After following the trail, alongside a babbling brook, you’ll be treated to a waterfall that cascades over a 12 metre wall of molasses stone. You can also visit the Dragon’s Cave, where local legend has it that a dragon used to live and attack the nearby villages until it was chained by a pious knight. You’ll also find Alexander’s Stone in the area, a large sandstone rock dated back to the Ice Age.
7. Adrenaline-filled Atzmännig
At the popular Atzmännig, awaits a world of leisure and adrenaline filled fun for the whole family, just an hour away from Zurich. Check out the rope park, where young and old alike can traverse the treetops, or hop on the summer toboggan run and rush down the hills at speed. They even have a petting zoo for animal lovers. If you’re craving panoramic views, then hop on the chairlift and take in the sights from the numerous walking trails.
Ready to enjoy the wonderful nature surround Zurich yet? Whether you’re staying for several days or on an airport stopover, enjoying some fresh air is a breeze when staying at Park Inn by Radisson Zürich Airport Hotel. Its convenient location and comfortable rooms make for the perfect place to rest after a day out in nature.