Monday, April 28, 2008

Uetliberg - A Must Visit in Zurich!

view from Uetliberg Mountain

Jace on top of the tower

Yesterday, we took a day trip up to Uetliberg, a mountain in the heart of Zürich with panoramic views of the city and the surrounding region. Yesterday the weather was beautiful - warm but not hot, sunny, and just 'unheimlich schoen."

We took the S10 train all the way up to the Uetliberg stop. (See the map below) From there, you're only about 10-15 minutes to the summit, depending on how fit you are. After about 30 steps, I was ready to be carried, but I submitted to Jace's desire to hike all around and we spent the next 3-4 hours looking at the views and then slowly walking down the mountain until we got to the Uitikon Waldegg Bahnhoff. (That's Uitikon, not Wiedikon or Uetikon! Swiss cities are very similar, so make sure you get the right one - I messed up Dietikon and Dietlikon on Saturday!!!)

Before the hike, we took in the views. Jace and I climbed the tower at the summit for the best view and from there you could see downtown Zürich in all its beauty. (You can play 'Where's Waldo' with Jace in the photo above!)

I would definitely recommend Uetliberg for visitors, expats, and anyone that loves a breathtaking view.

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Anonymous said...

Hi and welcome to Switzerland!

(I'm not sure whether you get this comment delivered via e-mail but anyway...)

Uetliberg is actually not considered a mountain here in mountainous Switzerland, but rather a hill.

The funny thing is: If anything here is called ***berg (= *** Mountain) it's actually considered a hill.

Confused? Well, consider this:

Real Mountains don't need to be called "*** Mountain" since everybody can see they're huge. So Mountains in Switzerland just have names like people do: Eiger, Moench, Jungfrau, Matterhorn,...

So "-berg" just is a slightly ironic nod to something that isn't quite a mountain (to the Swiss anyway).

Get it??? :-)

Jessica said...

Hey Swissguy! Thanks for the clarification... that is ... um... different. But good to know. I have heard a lot of people tell me things are just "hills" or "Hugel"s... that must be Uetliberg then. Am I learning? :)

iamyuva said...

Awesome. Thanks for this. I will in Luxembourg and was visiting Zurich..this blog was very useful.


7jades said...

Zurichis such a nice placce, been there once and would like to go back again.



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