The Uetliberg is Zurich’s mountain. At 2,857 feet high, it’s barely a mountain by Swiss Alpine standards, but it’s a great place to go for a walk. It’s criss-crossed with paths and usually busy with city dwellers exercising or having family outings, and tourists taking in the views.
I went for a walk there myself this morning, and while the weather has been cold and gray, nothing can stop spring from coming.
There are streams and bridges on many of the trails, which makes you feel like you must be miles away from any city, even though Zurich is just beyond the trees.
The Swiss seem to be a healthy bunch. On my hike up the switchbacks I saw lots of retirement-age folk on what seemed to be their morning walk, plus even a few in full running gear jogging up the mountain. On a less steep path, I passed what looked like a kindergarten outing: 20 kids, cute as can be bundled up in their warm jackets, hats, and gloves.
The novelty of a mountain down the street and the chance to watch the seasons change has me planning to visit the Uetliberg often. I’ll post more pictures as things start really budding and blooming.