Springtime in Zurich is a wonderful time to explore the city and its coming sooner than you think. This easy walk weaves through the Zurich Enge neighborhood, exploring two big public parks and lots of little details along the way. We like this walk particularly in spring when all the flowers are in bloom. I’ve marked our favorite flowering areas on the map so you don’t miss them. The trees and flowers bloom don’t bloom all at the same time, so we like to this walk a few times from late March to mid May so we catch everything.
|Address:||Start: Bahnhof Zurich Enge
End: Strandbad Mythenquai GPS: 47.355045, 8.535029
|By car:||parking available at Mythenquai 88, 8002 Zürich|
|By transit:||10 mins from Zurich HB|
|Trail:||2.3 km one way|
|Condition:||paved, some stairs|
|Open:||year round, best late March through May|
This walk starts at Bahnhof Zurich Enge, on the west side of the city. It winds its way around the Enge neighborhood, mostly through parks, and ends at the shores of Lake Zurich near the Mythenquai. From here you can join the Zurich Lakeside Walk – West or catch the bus to somewhere else.
If you are already in the city, simply take a tram to Bahnhof Enge. If you are driving to Zurich, you could park in the metered Mythenquai parking lot (Mythenquai 88, 8002 Zürich) and do this walk backwards, looping back along the lake.
On the trail…
The walk starts here at Tessinerplatz in front of Bahnhof Enge.
Cross the street and walk south on Seestrasse. In April, the trees lining this street are full of white fluffy blossoms and photos of this street will appear all over Instagram.
Head up the steps to your right and keep going up the stairs to the church. In April, flowers cover the grass and there are a couple flowering trees.
Here’s your view of the city from up here.
There is a big open space around the church where kids can run around. There’s a sign indicating that this is official a play area for children.
Turn left on the street behind the church and head south. On your right, you’ll see some vineyards. There’s a herd of sheep that often grazes on here.
Keep heading straight, crossing the street and staying on the narrow path next to the school. At the end of this street, turn left on the cobblestone street shown below.
On your left, you’ll find Quartier Treff Enge, which has a fantastic enclosed playground and cafe open in the afternoons.
Turn right into Rieter Park toward Museum Rietberg (shown below).
Before the museum, follow the path to your right, which leads up the hill. Stop to smell the magnolias on this tree that is one of the first to bloom, usually the third week of March.
At the top of the hill, you get a nice view of Uetliberg and the west side of the city. Here we are on a sunset walk taking pictures toward Uetliberg.
Duck under the tree covering the path. Kids like to play hide and seek under here.
Continue following this path past the tennis courts and up another little hill past a little house and this funny fish mouth sculpture.
Up ahead there is a sandpit on your right.
Head to the southeast corner of the park to catch this view of Zurich lake and the alps.
Head back through this tree promenade, lovely in all seasons.
On your left, you’ll pass some magnolia trees, usually blooming late March to early April. These white magnolia trees in the middle of Rieter Park is one of the first trees to flower in Zurich. It’s glorious bloom only last a week or two so check back often to catch it at it’s peak. On weekends, it’s often mobbed with people taking picture of it.
There’s a pink tree next door that flowers a bit later.
Looking down the park to Museum Rietberg.
Head down the path through the trees. In 100 m or so on your right, you see this big magnolia tree that we call the “Pink Party” tree. The real charm is walking underneath it to see the pink blossoms lit up by the sun shining through them.
In the lower northeast corner of Rieter park, below the pink tree, there is a playground with a slide and swings.
Follow the path to the south, exit the park, cross the street and enter the gates to Belvoir park.
On your left, there is a little playground. Head to your right, passing by the hotel and outdoor Bistro. Head down the hill on the paved path. The path on the right has stairs, the one on the left no stairs.
These flower gardens near the pond are replanted a few times over the year with different seasonal flowers.
In mid-March, the daffodils start blooming.
In late March, you’ll see a few rogue irises pop out while the big iris beds are still sleeping.
In late spring, about the middle of May, the huge iris garden busts out in a whole rainbow of wonderfulness. There is a picture chart listing all the iris varieties that appear here.
These glorious wisteria arches are in full bloom about the middle of May. It smells heavenly too.
The park has a big grassy area where you’ll see people lounging and kicking the ball around. This turquoise peacock statue hangs out in the southeast corner.
We love this colorful pedestrian tunnel under Seestrasse leading from Belvoir Park to the Mythenquai.
Now you are at the lake and you can join the Zurich Lake Walk – West. Just turn left and walk along the lake back to the city center. Hope you enjoyed your walk!
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