Felsenegg is an easy “mountain” outing, only about ten minute drive from Zurich. There’s an easy, stroller-friendly ridge trail at the top and a restaurant with a playground and a great view of Zurich lake and alps. I’ve been here many times, particularly during the shoulder season and winter when other mountain trails aren’t open. It’s good for visitors too that need a little taste of the Swiss “mountains” without traveling too far or spending too much.
|Address:||Zelgstr. 80, Adliswil, Switzerland
GPS: 47°18’47.7″N 8°31’13.5″E
|Car:||~15 mins from Zurich|
|Train:||~25 mins from Zurich|
|Trail:||3.5 km loop, about 1.5 hours|
|Condition:||dirt, obstacle-free options|
|Open:||year round, weather dependent|
This is a loop trail, which can start at the top of the Felsenegg cable car or the parking lot near the Buchenegg pass and restaurant. With small kids, this will probably take you about 90 minutes.
Half of the path is on the ridge, where you have views of Zurich lake and distant alps. The other half dips down the hill a bit, passing by a few farms before climbing back up to the ridge. The whole trail is stroller-friendly, partially on roads, partially on smooth dirt paths.
We’ve done this multiple times in all seasons, even with sleds on snow in winter. But it’s especially nice in May when the fields are covered in yellow flowers.
There are restaurants near Buchenegg and Felsenegg and a small playground near Felsenegg. We’ve built fires and grilled our lunch along this trail, which seems to be quite a popular choice. There are official and unofficial fire pits, with plenty of wood to gather in the forest.
Let’s assume you want to ride up the Felsenegg cable car.
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 to the Buchenegg pass. Use the address for the restaurant by the parking lot: Bucheneggstrasse 522, 8143 Stallikon. There is no bus service to this location.
The cable car ticket is just a regular SBB public transport ticket for zone 50. So if you take the train to Adliswil, you don’t need another ticket. The cable car ride is short and runs about every 15 mins, but check the website for details.
At the top, you’ll exit directly on the Planetenweg ridge trail. Follow the trail to the south to reach the Felsenegg restaurant. It takes just a few minutes to reach the restaurant, on relatively smooth path, suitable for sturdy strollers.
Here’s the Felsenegg restaurant as see from the south looking north. The Felsenegg restaurant has a sit-down restaurant and on busy days, a self-service counter serving sausages, cold plates, and snacks. We’ve eaten there three times and found the food rather average but tasty (and expensive). They have high-chairs (the ones that attach to the table). The restaurant is open all year, even in the snow, and the inside is quite adorable especially when decorated for the holidays.
Here is the patio of the Felsenegg restaurant.
View from the patio of Zurich lake.
Some tasty “capuns” I ate there on our last visit.
There’s a playground just behind the restaurant so the kids can happily run around before, during and after eating. It may have changed since our last visit.
Felsenegg-Buchenegg Loop Trail
This 3.5 km loop leads from the Felsenegg restaurant to the Buchenegg restaurant and back. It doesn’t matter which direction you hike it. I recommend starting by following the road behind the restaurant down into the valley.
Looking back up the road with the Felsenegg restaurant in the distance.
Follow the signs to Buchenegg, which will lead you through a little cluster of houses and farms and past some cow pastures.
The path dips down then climbs back up to Buchenegg.
Once you reach the Buchenegg parking lot and restaurant, turn left and follow the ridge path back to Felsenegg. It is a wide dirt road as shown below.
You can stay on the wide path, or dip in to the forest, where you’ll find lots of little foot paths to explore.
Mostly the forest blocks the view of the lake, but there are lots of points where there is a break in the trees and you can get a view. In this picture, my kids are looking for their house down in Zurich.
There is a large network of trails in this area, if you want to extend your hike.
You could continue hiking on the Uetliberg Planet / Panorama trail all the way to Uetliberg and ride the train back from there. Here is part of the Planet trail with Uetliberg in the distance. See my post for details.
You could also hike down the mountain, instead riding the Felsenegg lift. Most trails down are steep and narrow, not appropriate for strollers.
One time we walked about 40 mins towards Uetliberg, stopped at Baldern then continued down the mountain toward Leimbach. The trail was very steep and narrow, a little tough for little kids and practically impossible with our stroller. But we made it. At the bottom of the hill (still far from town), there was a farm with a self-service store where we got fresh eggs and yogurt, as well as some handmade ice cream to enjoy along the trail. Our 4yr old walked the entire way (with a few complaints), about 2.5hrs with lots of stops. We enjoyed it but I wouldn’t particularly recommend it for little kids. Here are the switchbacks and steep narrow paths trail down the mountain.