Natural. Near. Intact.
At 871 metres above sea level, Zurich's own mountain offers breathtaking panoramic views over the roofs of Zurich, Lake Zurich and the snow-covered Alps on the horizon. In summer, the Uetliberg is a walkers' and mountain-bikers' paradise. In winter, when the walking paths turn to sledging pistes, Zurich's own mountain becomes a winter-wonderland. Approach by S-Bahn Line10, the steepest standard-track adhesion railway in Europe. Or on foot, via Denzlerweg or Laternenweg from Albisgütli (terminal station, Tram Line 13).
• Day trip to the Titlis
The world's first rotating cable car carries you to the snow and permanent ice of the Titlis, 3020 metres above sea level. Here it always seems to be winter: The ice grottoes with their ice sculptures dazzle the eyes. With the modern Ice-Flyer glacier chairlift, you hover directly above the glacier cracks and snow slides invite you to icy pleasures. Approach by train via Engelberg or by coach from the Sihlquai bus park with sight-seeing in Lucerne.
You can book these and other day excursions with Zürich Tourism.
Take a trip to the Zürichberg to see elephants, lions, penguins, bears, fishes and many other animals. Watch feeding time, enjoy the animal presentations or take a tour through the experience and treetop paths of the Masoala rain forest in the tropics: You will encounter monkeys, flying foxes, tortoises - with the constant accompaniment of whispering, squeaking and screeching animal voices.
Zurich's rainforest is tropically warm, even in winter. Here you can find the causes for the disappearance of the forests and obtain more information on protection projects. www.zoo.ch
• Boat cruise on Lake Zurich
From Bürkliplatz you travel by ship along the entire 28 kilometre long Lake Zurich. While the outline of the city behind you becomes smaller and smaller on the horizon, the villages on shore, with their villas and vinyards, come into view. Boats sail on the wind across the water, along the shore white swans roam and the Alps on the horizon come closer and closer. Small round trips from 1.5 hours daily and larger round trips from 4 hours to Rapperswil. The offering is completed by theme trips such as the Friday Dance Ship or the Murder Mystery Ship. Travel schedule: www.zsg.ch