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Zürichsee-Rundweg
Stage 10, Küsnacht ZH–Zürich, Bürkliplatz
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Zürichsee-Rundweg
Stage 9, Meilen–Küsnacht ZH
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Erlenbacher Tobel-Weg
Route 869, Erlenbach (ZH)–Küsnacht (ZH)
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Goldküste–Limmat
Goldküste–Limmat
Stage 1, Rapperswil–Zürich
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L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
Stage 5, Hochdorf (Urswil)–Zürich
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Stage 2, Zürich–Pfäffikon SZ
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Küsnacht ZH

Views of the lake and mountains, with a sunlit position only twelve minutes by rail from the city of Zurich, make Küsnacht a preferred residential location and the town with the highest quality of life in Switzerland.
Küsnacht is situated on the Gold Coast, the densely populated eastern shore of Lake Zurich. After the lakeside road and the railway line on the right-hand shore were built in the 19th century and construction was authorised on all the slopes at the start of the 20th century, its population quadrupled from 3,300 to its current total of 13,000: what used to be the largest wine-growing commune in the Canton of Zurich was transformed into an affluent suburb with urban flair. Splendid homes and attractive residential estates with sizeable gardens line both sides of the dramatic Küsnacht Ravine. This commune is now one of the wealthiest in Switzerland and according to a survey carried out in 2006, it has the highest quality of life among all the Swiss towns. One widely-known establishment here is the C.G. Jung Institute in the historic Seehof, which maintains a library and stages cultural events.

The deep blue expanse of Lake Zurich is the dominant feature in the west of the town. During summer, the beach swimming pool or the lovely «Kusenbad» invite visitors to plunge into the cool waters. The park on the shore affords a pleasant view across the lake and upwards to the mountains. In the east, the local history museum in the former Upper Mill marks the entrance to the famous (and infamous) Küsnacht Gorge. The Dorfbach stream burbles peacefully below its plunging forested walls. At 100-year intervals, it used to cause disastrous floods after heavy rain or snow, and it has now been channelled into an artificial bed with 101 steps. The gorge offers a number of sights, starting with Alexander's Stone, a find from the Linth glacier dating back 17,000 years; Bronze Age and Roman remains were excavated near the ruins of Wulp Castle; and then there is the Dragon's Cave, washed out of the porous gomphelite rock, which is now a playground for children who love climbing.

Hiking paths in the area behind Küsnacht pass through broad meadows and vineyards, along wooded streams and protected natural areas which attract unusual guests such as water blackbirds and rare species of bat. Cows, horses, sheep, donkeys and goats can all be found on the slopes of Küsnacht Mountain. A panoramic trail stretching 27 km with splendid views of the lake and the mountains leads from the Rehalp to Feldbach. Other worthwhile destinations include the Soldiers’ Monument in Forch district, a bronze sculpture 18 meters in height to commemorate Zurich soldiers who fell in the First World War, and the idyllic waters of the Schübelweiher and Rumensee pools; these are two artificially dammed factory reservoirs which were once used to provide water power for the commercial enterprises. Located in the protected green zone of Küsnacht Commune, they host an abundance of plant life.

Highlights

  • Küsnacht Gorge with the Dragon's Cave, Alexander's Stone (an archaeological find) and the ruins of the late mediaeval Wulp Castle.
  • Soldiers’ Monument (also known as Forch Monument): an 18- meter-high bronze statue to commemorate the Zurich soldiers who were victims of the First World War.
  • Rumensee and Schübelweiher: these pools originated as artificially dammed factory reservoirs, but nowadays they are idyllic natural spots.
  • Küsnacht Local History Museum.
  • C.G. Jung Institute on the shore of Lake Zurich.
Views of the lake and mountains, with a sunlit position only twelve minutes by rail from the city of Zurich, make Küsnacht a preferred residential location and the town with the highest quality of life in Switzerland.
Küsnacht is situated on the Gold Coast, the densely populated eastern shore of Lake Zurich. After the lakeside road and the railway line on the right-hand shore were built in the 19th century and construction was authorised on all the slopes at the start of the 20th century, its population quadrupled from 3,300 to its current total of 13,000: what used to be the largest wine-growing commune in the Canton of Zurich was transformed into an affluent suburb with urban flair. Splendid homes and attractive residential estates with sizeable gardens line both sides of the dramatic Küsnacht Ravine. This commune is now one of the wealthiest in Switzerland and according to a survey carried out in 2006, it has the highest quality of life among all the Swiss towns. One widely-known establishment here is the C.G. Jung Institute in the historic Seehof, which maintains a library and stages cultural events.

The deep blue expanse of Lake Zurich is the dominant feature in the west of the town. During summer, the beach swimming pool or the lovely «Kusenbad» invite visitors to plunge into the cool waters. The park on the shore affords a pleasant view across the lake and upwards to the mountains. In the east, the local history museum in the former Upper Mill marks the entrance to the famous (and infamous) Küsnacht Gorge. The Dorfbach stream burbles peacefully below its plunging forested walls. At 100-year intervals, it used to cause disastrous floods after heavy rain or snow, and it has now been channelled into an artificial bed with 101 steps. The gorge offers a number of sights, starting with Alexander's Stone, a find from the Linth glacier dating back 17,000 years; Bronze Age and Roman remains were excavated near the ruins of Wulp Castle; and then there is the Dragon's Cave, washed out of the porous gomphelite rock, which is now a playground for children who love climbing.

Hiking paths in the area behind Küsnacht pass through broad meadows and vineyards, along wooded streams and protected natural areas which attract unusual guests such as water blackbirds and rare species of bat. Cows, horses, sheep, donkeys and goats can all be found on the slopes of Küsnacht Mountain. A panoramic trail stretching 27 km with splendid views of the lake and the mountains leads from the Rehalp to Feldbach. Other worthwhile destinations include the Soldiers’ Monument in Forch district, a bronze sculpture 18 meters in height to commemorate Zurich soldiers who fell in the First World War, and the idyllic waters of the Schübelweiher and Rumensee pools; these are two artificially dammed factory reservoirs which were once used to provide water power for the commercial enterprises. Located in the protected green zone of Küsnacht Commune, they host an abundance of plant life.

Highlights

  • Küsnacht Gorge with the Dragon's Cave, Alexander's Stone (an archaeological find) and the ruins of the late mediaeval Wulp Castle.
  • Soldiers’ Monument (also known as Forch Monument): an 18- meter-high bronze statue to commemorate the Zurich soldiers who were victims of the First World War.
  • Rumensee and Schübelweiher: these pools originated as artificially dammed factory reservoirs, but nowadays they are idyllic natural spots.
  • Küsnacht Local History Museum.
  • C.G. Jung Institute on the shore of Lake Zurich.

Arrival and return Küsnacht ZH

Adresse

Rapperswil Zürichsee Tourismus
Fischmarktplatz 1
8640 Rapperswil
Tel. +41 (0)55 225 77 00
zuerichsee@zuerich.com
www.zuerich.com

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Romantik Seehotel Sonne
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Küsnacht ZH
Zürichsee-Rundweg
Zürichsee-Rundweg
Stage 10, Küsnacht ZH–Zürich, Bürkliplatz
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Zürichsee-Rundweg
Zürichsee-Rundweg
Stage 9, Meilen–Küsnacht ZH
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Erlenbacher Tobel-Weg
Erlenbacher Tobel-Weg
Route 869, Erlenbach (ZH)–Küsnacht (ZH)
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Küsnacht ZH
Goldküste–Limmat
Goldküste–Limmat
Stage 1, Rapperswil–Zürich
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L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
L'Areuse–Emme–Sihl
Stage 5, Hochdorf (Urswil)–Zürich
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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
Stage 2, Zürich–Pfäffikon SZ
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