32 Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
32 Rhein–Hirzel–Linth

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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth

Stage 2, Zürich–Pfäffikon SZ

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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth

The Zürichsee keeps tempers and tax coffers even, at Hirzel, glacial drumlins sit in a green moraine landscape and tiny idyllic marshy hollows and impressive villas lie as if simply tossed into a grandiose panoramic setting.
Zurich is not only the largest city in Switzerland, it is also one of the cities with the highest density of millionaires in the world. The atmosphere around the main train station is busy, sometimes hectic. This part of the tour passes a lot of concrete and then follows the Sihl River out of the centre. In the Uetliberg-Albis nature reserve, it often looks like every dog from the region is out for a walk with its owner. The long bicycle bridge across the Allmend is impressive. You may even spot a kingfisher or a tree frog along the way. In the near distance you can see the Albisgütli area and the observation tower on the Uetliberg.

Cruising through neighbourhoods and short forest sections, you soon reach a pond called Gattikerweiher near Gattikon, an oasis, not only for ducks and coots. Unlike the nearby forest pond (Waldweiher), swimming is allowed here. A long section then meanders along the motorway in the direction of Zimmerberg. You’re likely to frequently turn your head here to catch a glimpse of Lake Zurich. The so-called drumlins in the Hirzel area are very interesting. These small oval mounds, formed long ago by glacier action, almost always include a tree. They seem magical, mystical even, especially when it’s foggy. There is a lot more to see up here, marshy hollows, for example, near the Johanna Spyri Museum on the Hirzel, which brings back memories of Heidi! Or a neat golf course, impeccably maintained and yet, out in the middle of nowhere.

The cabriolet and Porsche drivers and those with other expensive cars are careful where they drive when they come to this lovely, big-money area for just a short visit. They are very cautious as they pass the wide tractors on the small roads to avoid scratches on their cars. The handsome farms gradually disappear and are replaced by modern condominiums and artists’ studios. The village of Samstagern has nothing to do with Saturday (Samstag in German), does it? In any event, the municipality of Wollerau in the Canton Schwyz is not only popular because of its gorgeous location above Lake Zurich. Entrepreneurs, athletes and other people of means all appreciate the town with the lowest taxes in Switzerland. Now follows the last section through Wilen and down to Pfäffikon, going either directly to the train station or to the south end of the dam, at least to take a peek. The Seedamm (lake dam) connects Rapperswil with Pfäffikon and was built on an ice-age moraine. Those who love to play in the water might head for the lake or visit the Alpamare, Switzerland’s biggest water park. Soldiers of fortune and those trying to optimise their profits, on the other hand, might try their luck in the casino at Seedammstrasse.
The Zürichsee keeps tempers and tax coffers even, at Hirzel, glacial drumlins sit in a green moraine landscape and tiny idyllic marshy hollows and impressive villas lie as if simply tossed into a grandiose panoramic setting.
Zurich is not only the largest city in Switzerland, it is also one of the cities with the highest density of millionaires in the world. The atmosphere around the main train station is busy, sometimes hectic. This part of the tour passes a lot of concrete and then follows the Sihl River out of the centre. In the Uetliberg-Albis nature reserve, it often looks like every dog from the region is out for a walk with its owner. The long bicycle bridge across the Allmend is impressive. You may even spot a kingfisher or a tree frog along the way. In the near distance you can see the Albisgütli area and the observation tower on the Uetliberg.

Cruising through neighbourhoods and short forest sections, you soon reach a pond called Gattikerweiher near Gattikon, an oasis, not only for ducks and coots. Unlike the nearby forest pond (Waldweiher), swimming is allowed here. A long section then meanders along the motorway in the direction of Zimmerberg. You’re likely to frequently turn your head here to catch a glimpse of Lake Zurich. The so-called drumlins in the Hirzel area are very interesting. These small oval mounds, formed long ago by glacier action, almost always include a tree. They seem magical, mystical even, especially when it’s foggy. There is a lot more to see up here, marshy hollows, for example, near the Johanna Spyri Museum on the Hirzel, which brings back memories of Heidi! Or a neat golf course, impeccably maintained and yet, out in the middle of nowhere.

The cabriolet and Porsche drivers and those with other expensive cars are careful where they drive when they come to this lovely, big-money area for just a short visit. They are very cautious as they pass the wide tractors on the small roads to avoid scratches on their cars. The handsome farms gradually disappear and are replaced by modern condominiums and artists’ studios. The village of Samstagern has nothing to do with Saturday (Samstag in German), does it? In any event, the municipality of Wollerau in the Canton Schwyz is not only popular because of its gorgeous location above Lake Zurich. Entrepreneurs, athletes and other people of means all appreciate the town with the lowest taxes in Switzerland. Now follows the last section through Wilen and down to Pfäffikon, going either directly to the train station or to the south end of the dam, at least to take a peek. The Seedamm (lake dam) connects Rapperswil with Pfäffikon and was built on an ice-age moraine. Those who love to play in the water might head for the lake or visit the Alpamare, Switzerland’s biggest water park. Soldiers of fortune and those trying to optimise their profits, on the other hand, might try their luck in the casino at Seedammstrasse.
39 km
Asphalted: 39 km
Natural surface: 0 km
580 m | 560 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Zürich HB
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main roads Zürich, Wollishofen and Samstagern–Wilen
Diversion, Wollerau
Duration
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Pfäffikon SZ
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Accommodation

Hotel Züri by Fassbind
Hotel Züri by Fassbind
Zürich
Sorell Hotel Rex
Sorell Hotel Rex
Zürich
Hotel Swiss Night by Fassbind
Hotel Swiss Night by Fassbind
Zürich
Jugendherberge Zürich
Jugendherberge Zürich
Zürich
Romantik Seehotel Sonne
Romantik Seehotel Sonne
Küsnacht ZH
Jugendherberge Richterswil
Jugendherberge Richterswil
Richterswil
BnB Kastenegg
BnB Kastenegg
Feusisberg
Hotel Restaurant Sternen
Hotel Restaurant Sternen
Pfäffikon SZ
Lützelhof
Lützelhof
Pfäffikon SZ
Seedamm Plaza
Seedamm Plaza
Pfäffikon SZ
Sorell Hotel Speer
Sorell Hotel Speer
Rapperswil
Ferienwohnung / Gästezimmer Kälin
Ferienwohnung / Gästezimmer Kälin
Pfäffikon SZ
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Swiss
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Zurich
Zurich
Küsnacht ZH
Küsnacht ZH
Adliswil
Adliswil
Albis Passhöhe
Albis Passhöhe
Horgen
Horgen
Richterswil
Richterswil
Pfäffikon SZ
Pfäffikon SZ
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Places of interest

Pumptrack Zürichberg
Pumptrack Zürichberg
Swiss National Museum Zürich
Swiss National Museum Zürich
Zoo Zürich
Zoo Zürich
Kunsthaus Zürich
Kunsthaus Zürich
Grossmünster
Grossmünster
Lindenhof
Lindenhof
Fraumünster Church
Fraumünster Church
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
Bikepark Allmend Zürich
Bikepark Allmend Zürich
Chinese Garden Zürich
Chinese Garden Zürich
Planetenweg Walking Trail from Uetliberg
Planetenweg Walking Trail from Uetliberg
Biketrail Triemli
Biketrail Triemli
Wildlife Park Zürich Sihlwald
Wildlife Park Zürich Sihlwald
The Au peninsula
The Au peninsula
Ufenau and Lützelau Islands in Lake Züri
Ufenau and Lützelau Islands in Lake Züri
The Frauenwinkel
The Frauenwinkel
Rapperswil-Hurden Wooden bridge
Rapperswil-Hurden Wooden bridge
Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden
Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden
Altendorf–Etzel
Altendorf–Etzel
Pump track Altendorf
Pump track Altendorf
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Swimming

Frauenbadi river bath Zurich
Frauenbadi river bath Zurich
Kilchberg indoor pool complex
Kilchberg indoor pool complex
Kilchberg lido
Kilchberg lido
Lido Bürger II Thalwil
Lido Bürger II Thalwil
Lido Bürger I Thalwil
Lido Bürger I Thalwil
Park bathing complex Seerose Horgen
Park bathing complex Seerose Horgen
Sportbad Käpfnach
Sportbad Käpfnach
Alpamare Water Park Pfäffikon
Alpamare Water Park Pfäffikon
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