Hiking in Schwyz

Take the train from Zürich Hauptbahnhof to Schwyz and ride up the world’s steepest funicular to reach Stoos. The mountain plateau is an easy-to-reach favourite that can cater to both the more adventurous and more leisurely hikers. A favourite is the ridge walk with views over the lakes and peaks. Be sure to make your way back down in the valley before it gets dark. From Schwyz hop on the ferry on nearby Lake Lauerz and enjoy an apéro or early dinner at Schwanau restaurant. 

Trains take roughly an hour and run every 30 minutes.

Feast on ‘Fischchnuschperli’

A summertime favourite in Switzerland is to end the day with Fischchnuschperli (fried fish), served with tartar sauce and a glass of rosé. Perch fillets with a light and crispy batter are a Zürich classic; restaurant Fischer’s Fritz has become a bit of an institution for its version of the dish. Although reservations on a sunny night are tricky to get, savvy locals know that the same dish is also served at Restaurant Mönchhof am See,half a kilometre down the lake. 

Seestrasse 559, 8038; Seestrasse 30, 8802 Kilchberg
+41 44 480 13 40; +41 44 715 50 09

Cool at the pool 

As a change of scenery from the lakeside, Dolder Bad is a good place for Zürchers looking to escape the city – even if it’s just for an after-work dip. You can get there by taking the cog rail from Römerhof and walking for five minutes through the woods behind The Dolder Grand hotel. Nestled in the forest, this pool has kept its more traditional flair and is still a favourite for many nearby residents of Zürichberg. 

Adlisbergstrasse 36, 8044
+41 44 267 70 80

Images: Alamy, Dolder Sports. Cover image: Veronique Hogger

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