Wonderful winter hike just one hour away from Zurich: Atzmännig

Atzmännig Bergstation mit LeutenRecently on a Saturday morning: I saw some sunbeams and was immediately excited. After one week in the office without sun I felt the need to catch some fresh air in the country side and to enjoy nature. But we got up late, needed our sleep. So, what now? It’s too late to sit in a train and travel to one of our lovely skiing resorts like Davos, Engelberg or Wildhaus. But it’s never too late to reach one of our famous Zurich “house mountains”. We call all the small mountains and high hills this because they are reachable by public transport in about one hour from Zurich downtown, and from there you have a fantastic view to the alps.

One of these fantastic getaways is Atzmännig. A lot of  people turn up their noses mentioning Atzmännig because they think with all their slides and other attractions it’s more a childrens’ playground then a lovely hiking area. But it is. Even in winter. Not only do they have ski lifts there, but they also support guests with two wonderful snowshoe trails.

View snow shoe trail AtzmännigUnfortunately most of the snow melted away when we were there which meant we started to walk just with our ski sticks and as we ran out of time we decided to take the shorter trail which only takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours from the mountain station to Altschwand and from there to the lower terminus. The outlook of the alps is at the begining just outstanding and makes this trip absolutely worth it. On a sunny day you can sit on a bench admiring the view and reading a book.

When you start get hungry or thirsty you move on to Restaurant Altschwand. A simple but very charming little mountain restaurant which provides lovely mountain food. We had a mountain rösti for about 15 Swiss Francs and were absolutely blissed with it. After a 15-minute walk we were back at the bus station and an hour later back in Zurich. It was around 5 pm and we were ready for a vibrant Saturday evening in the big city – not having missed our nature experience during the day!

Älplerröschti Restaurant Altschwand Atzmännig

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