In winter, we often walk on the trail from Felsenegg to Buchenegg, which is especially nice when it snows. Even when the snow has melted in Zurich, there’s often lots left up on the Uetliberg range, west of Zurich. The Felsenegg cable car in Adliswil takes you uphill and into a winter wonderland. At the top, there’s a restaurant and a winter trail with some sledding.
|Address:||Felsenegg cable car
Zelgstr. 80, Adliswil, Switzerland
GPS: 47°18’47.7″N 8°31’13.5″E
|Car:||~15 mins from Zurich, metered parking|
|Train:||15 mins from Zürich HB to Adliswil, Bahnhof,
then 8 min walk uphill to cable car station
Adult half-fare return CHF 6.80
|Trail:||3.5 km loop, about 1.5 hours|
|Condition:||dirt and paved roads, obstacle-free,
usually groomed when it snows but not always
|Open:||year round, weather dependent|
This easy walk starts at the top of the Felsenegg-Adliswil cable car, walks to Buchenegg pass and loops back, about 3.5 km. You can also simply walk back and forth along the ridge as far as your children’s little legs can carry them.
To make the trail into a loop, you can leave the ridge trail at the restaurant and walk down the access road, following the trail by a few farms and looping back up to Buchenegg. The whole loop might take an hour with little kids, less with only adults. See my summer Felsenegg posting for more info on the trail.
This area doesn’t always have snow in winter. Some parts of this trail are roads that are always groomed. Some parts are a trail that isn’t always groomed for walkers. Sometimes we’ve been on it and it had been obviously groomed with a machine and other times, it was just tramped down by other hikers. Because of the unpredictability, I’d recommend taking kids on a sled instead of a stroller.
By car: drive to Zelgstr. in Adliswil, following signs to Luftseilbahn and park in the spots next to the cable car station.
By public transport: take a train to Adliswil, then walk up the hill about 10 minutes, following signs to Luftseilbahn.
Alternatively, you can drive up to Buchenegg pass (about 15 mins from Zurich), park near the Buchenegg restaurant and walk north along the ridge, reaching the restaurant in about 20-30 minutes. For GPS, use the address for the restaurant by the parking lot: Bucheneggstrasse 522, 8143 Stallikon. There is no bus service to this location.
The path is easy and on sunny days, full of strolling locals.
One time, we pulled the kids on sleds instead of using a stroller.
The cow meadow covered in snow.
Just a few minutes walk south of the cable car, you’ll find the Felsenegg Panorama Restaurant, which is cozy and tasty. Here’s a view inside.
View of snowy Zurich from the restaurant.
Plus there’s a big field for snow fights, snow angels and snowmen.