Lake Zurich (Zurichsee)#1 in Best Things To Do in Zurich
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Backing lower Lake Zurich is a tangle of parks and gardens, collectively known as the lake promenade, that make for a picturesque place to spend an afternoon. And in warm weather, the lake is peppered with boats, while the banks are filled with picnickers and sunbathers. If you're a jogger, the area is also one of Zurchers' favorite places to pound the ground.
For some of the best views of Zurich and the nearby Alps, travelers suggest taking a boat ride on the lake. One-and-a-half-hour boat tours are available throughout the year and are free for Zurich Card holders.
To get to Lake Zurich's promenade, which is in Kreis 2, visitors can take a No. 161, 165 or N15 bus or one of several train or tram lines to Billoweg or Wollishofen station, which are about a block from the waterfront. Dozens of shops and restaurants can be found near Lake Zurich's shores, as well as a limited amount of street parking. The lake and its promenade are free to access 24 hours a day. Visit Switzerland Tourism's website to find out more about the lake and tours.
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#2 Uetliberg Mountain
Standing an impressive 2,858 feet above sea level, Uetliberg Mountain offers some of the best views of Zurich and the surrounding Alps. Once at the top, travelers will find multiple trails for hiking, biking and sledding. Paragliding at the mountain's peak is another popular pastime here.
Though traveling to and from this local attraction will set you back about an hour, visitors rave about Uetliberg Mountain's stunning views and superb hiking paths. For an educational twist on your average hike, take the mountain's Path of the Planets, which is designed to mimic the sizes of and distances between the solar system's planets. The trail stretches between Uetliberg and Felsenegg mountains and takes about two hours to complete.
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