Closest Mountains To Visit From Zurich

While most Switzerland guides will readily point to visiting Jungfraujoch in Bernese Oberland or Matterhorn in Zermatt, these two majestic mountains aren’t exactly the closest to visit from Zurich. In fact, it will take you four hours or more to reach Matterhorn or Jungfraujoch from Zurich.

We have listed below eleven of the closest mountains to Zurich sorted by distance as well as the advantages of visiting these. The travel time from Zurich train station is also noted. These mountains near Zurich are easy to access due to trains and cable cars. Most of these mountains, though not as high as the ones in the Pennine Alps and the Bernese Alps, are reachable within an hour or two from Zurich. Without much further ado, here are the mountains near Zurich:

As a side note: Mountains are defined as landforms with elevations 610 meters or higher. Hills like Rigiblick in Zürich are not included. The height above sea level is given in parentheses.

1. Üetliberg (813 Meters)

Üetliberg can be reached 27 minutes by train from Zurich Main Train Station with S10 train. It is only 4 kilometers from Zurich Train Station by car.

Üetliberg is one of the four popular viewpoints near Zurich. It is accessible in 27 minutes with the S10 Train from Zurich Train Station. From the train, the walk to the peak (Kulm) and the viewing tower is just 56 meters going up. It provides a good view of Zurich city, the Alps in Glarus, and Central Switzerland. You can also hike 400 meters up from Triemli or Albisgüetli instead of taking the train.

There is a hotel and restaurant called Uto Kulm on the mountain.

Image by Andreas Hunziker from flickr

Why should you visit Üetliberg?

The Üetliberg Train is the steepest normal standard gauge adhesion railway in Europe with a 7.9% gradient. It has been in operation since 1875 via Triemli and Uitikon-Waldegg. It is also really close to the Zurich city center and can be done in half a day.


2. Felsenegg (804 Meters)

Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg can be reached 30 minutes by train from Zurich Main Train Station with S4 train. It takes 5 minutes with the cable car to go up to Felsenegg mountain. It is 10 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station by car.

Felsenegg is one of the four popular viewpoints near Zurich reachable from Adliswil in Sihl Valley (Sihltal). One can reach it with the S4 train to Adliswil, 10 minutes to the cable car Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg, and then with 5 minutes in the cable car going to Felsenegg.

The view from the Felsenegg Restaurant is that of the city of Zurich and Lake Zurich. There is also a planet trail from Felsenegg going to Üetliberg which even young children can partake in.

Image by Henna from flickr

Why should you visit Felsenegg?

The sea of lights in the evening from the Zurich region is particularly awesome. Like Üetliberg, it is also really close to the city center.


3. Zugerberg (1,039 Meters)

Zugerberg is 54 minutes away from Zurich by public transport. To reach it, take the train to Zug and from there the bus to Zug, Schönegg. You can then take the funicular that will lead you up to Zugerberg. It is 33 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station by car.

Zugerberg is a mountain in the Canton of Zug. It can be accessed from the city of Zug itself, by using the valley station of Schönegg. On the upper station at slightly below 1,000 meters, you can enjoy awesome views of the lakes Zug and Ägeri. There are hiking paths with beautiful flora and fauna, a sculpture path, and a playground called Schattwälldli. You can also grill here. In winter, it is a place for winter hikes, cross country skiing, and sledding. It also has a small ski lift for children.

Image of Zug and its lake as taken from Zugerberg by TouringSwitzerland.com

Why should you visit Zugerberg?

The mountain has 80 kilometers of hiking paths to explore. Furthermore, you can engage in biking or riding a segway. And if you still have energy after a long day on the mountain, you can simply head back down to the city of Zug and explore it. It is not huge but pretty to stroll in, plus there are restaurants along the lake where you can relax after a long day.

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4. Sattel-Hochstuckli Mostelberg (1,185 Meters)

Sattel-Hochstuckli is 1 hour 19 minutes away from Zurich by public transport. To reach it, take the train to Arth-Goldau and from there the bus to Sattel Gondelbahn. It is 46 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station by car.

The ride going up to Mostelberg is inside a rotating cable car in 4 various colors (one color for each season of the year). The area is located between Schwyz and the moor of Rothenthurm, northwest of the Mythen.

For children, there is a huge bouncy play area during summer, as well as a toboggan run. Skiing here is also possible for children and adults alike during winter.

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Why should you visit Sattel-Hochstuckli?

There is a 374-meter-long Skywalk, the longest hanging footbridge of Europe, hanging over Laui Ravine 58 meters below.


5. Rigi Scheidegg (1,643 Meters) and Rigi Kulm (1,797 Meters)

The total travel time from Zurich Train Station to Rigi Scheidegg is less than 90 Minutes. To reach it, take the train to Arth Goldau and then take the cable car via Kräbel to Rigi Scheidegg. By car, it is 48 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station.

The most visited viewpoint in Central Switzerland is Rigi – also aptly called as the “Queen of the Mountains”. It is also a popular destination and can be reached from different sides – Vitznau, Arth Goldau, Weggis, Seebodenalp, and Brunnen.

There are other ways to go up to Rigi but these options will need more time. For example, there are steamboats that head to Vitznau. From Vitznau, you can either:

  • a) take the train going via Rigi Kaltbad to Rigi Kulm or
  • b) take the cable car to either Vitznauerstock or Gersauerstock and hike from there.

Rigi is set amidst three lakes – Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, and Lake Lauerz. It has several peaks but the most dominant one is the highest – Rigi Kulm at 1,797 meters. Rigi Scheidegg (1,643 meters) and Hochflue (1,699 meters) are also well-known peaks.

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Why should you visit Rigi?

Aside from the gorgeous views of the lakes (13 lakes!) and surrounding mountains, there is also a well-known thermal bath called Rigi Kaltbad designed by the famed Mario Botta of Ticino.


6. Hoch-Ybrig – Spirstock (1,771 Meters) and Sternen (1,856)

The train connection from Zurich Train Station going to Hoch-Ybrig Weglosen valley station takes 84 minutes one way. The cable car going up to Seebli takes 6 minutes. From Seebli, there are cablecar connections to Spirstock and Sternen. With the car, it is 55 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station.

Hoch-Ybrig is a skiing and hiking area in Canton Schwyz. In summer, Hoch-Ybrig offers hiking and biking routes. With the Sternensauser, you can also do the zip line. You can also play and fish. In winter, it has 50 kilometers of slopes for winter sports.

Hoch-Ybrig is dominated by the mountain range Forstberg, Druesberg, and Twäriberg. From Roggenstock, you can sometimes observe marmots, deers, or chamois.

Image by derdide from flickr

Why should you visit Hoch-Ybrig?

From Spirstock, you get a fantastic view of the Mythen and Lake Lucerne regions. It also has lots of activities on offer both during the winter and summer months.

Together with Unteriberg and Oberiberg, Hoch-Ybrig builds the Ybrig region. This region has 170 kilometers of marked hiking and mountain paths. In winter, it has 50 kilometers of downhill slopes and 30 kilometers of cross-country skiing slopes.


7. Pilatus (2,073 Meters)

The train connection from Zurich Train Station going to Kriens Pilatus-Bahnen valley station takes 77 minutes one way. The train going up from Kriens, Lucerne to Pilatus Kulm takes an additional 41 minutes. With the car, it is 55 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station.

Pilatus is a well-known excursion and viewpoint near Lucerne. It is not as near to reach from Zurich but it is still possible to visit it for a day trip.

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Why should you visit Pilatus?

The genius Eduard Locher envisioned a futuristic train on Pilatus at the end of the 19th century. Pilatus has the steepest cogwheel railway in the world. It has a maximum gradient of 48% and an average gradient of 35%. The train links Alpnachstad in Obwalden to Pilatus Kulm at 2,073 Meters.


The golden round trip is also a popular choice for tourists. It combines a ride on the steamboat, the red cogwheel railway, and going down with the cable car. On the mountain station of Pilatus, there is a short, secure way to enjoy the panorama. It lies between the peaks Esel and Oberhaupt.


Pilatus-Bahnen has an amazing video of Mount Pilatus on YouTube. Check it out below and see the amazing views from the peak.

Video credits: Pilatus-Bahnen AG

8. Braunwald Gumen (1,901 Meters)

There is a direct train from Zurich Train Station going to Linhtal Braunwaldbahn. It takes 90 minutes one way to the valley station. The cable car going up to Braunwald takes 7 minutes. With the car, it is 86 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station.

The car-free village of Braunwald has beautiful views of the Glarus mountains – Hausstock, Bifertenstock, Tödi and Ortsstock.

Image taken in Braunwald by TouringSwitzerland.com

Adventurous visitors can take the scooter descent (Trottinett) to Braunwald. Families with young children can enjoy a dwarf-themed trail, various animals or check into a well-known family-friendly hotel called Märchenhotel Braunwald.

Why should you visit Braunwald?

Visitors to Braunwald will enjoy not only the gorgeous views of the Glarus mountains. Braunwald also has numerous waterfalls (Schreyenbachfall, Berglistüber, Diesbachfall, Brummbachfall), lakes (Oberblegisee, Bergetensee, Muttsee), and a rose garden.

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9. Pizol Laufböden (2,226 Meters) and Pizolhütte (2,227 Meters)

Wangs, Pizolbahn is 1 hour 9 minutes away from Zurich by public transport. To reach it, take the train to Sargans and from there the bus to Wangs, Pizolbahn. It is 93 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station by car.

Two cable cars go from Wangs in Sargans up to the mountains. Once above, we can see from a fantastic view of the Rhein valley until Lake Constance. The chair lifts can go as high as Pizol-Bergkamm.

The main peak Pizol (2,844 Meters) lies amidst Calfeisen/Tamina Valley, Weisstannen Valley, and Rhein Valley.

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Why should you visit Pizol?

There is a popular hike called the 5-lake hike which goes around five different colored lakes. The most beautiful lake here is called Lake Schotten. Over Schwarzplangg is a fantastic view of the UNESCO World Heritage site the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, together with the Pizol glacier, Ringelspitz, and Piz Sardona amidst a backdrop of further Glarus Alps.


10. Flumserberg Maschgenkamm (2,010 Meters) and Prodkamm (1,939 Meters)

There are two options for going to Flumserberg:

  1. The first option is by taking the train to Unterterzen. From Unterterzen, take the cable car to Tannenbodenalp then the cable car to Maschgenkamm.
  2. The second option is by taking the train to Sargans. From Sargans, you may take the bus going to Tannenheim, Post (Prodkamm), or Kabinenbahn (Maschgenkamm).

The train ride from Zurich to either Unterterzen or Sargans takes around 1 hour. It takes an additional 30 to 40 minutes to get to Tannenheim or Kabinenbahn. With a car, it is 93 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station.

Flumserberg, part of the municipality of Flums, is a great day trip option because it offers views to the Churfirsten range and Lake Walen (Walensee). There are numerous hiking and biking trails available in the resort.

Image by Jörg Vieli from Pixabay

Why should you visit Flumserberg?

Flumserberg has lots of options for children to enjoy: playgrounds, a climbing station in Prodalp with more than 100 climbing stations laid out on 3 levels, mini-golf, and a toboggan run over 250 meters long.


11. Malans – Älpli (1,801 Meters)

The train connection from Zurich Train Station going to Malans, Älplibahn via Landquart takes 79 minutes one way. The cable car going up to Älpli takes 14 minutes. It also needs to be reserved by calling +41 81 322 47 64. Note: The cable cars only operate in summer. Malans is 107 kilometers away from Zurich Train Station by car.

Älpli in Malans is not a well-known tourist destination. It doesn’t have any fancy restaurants, themed trails, zip lines or bouncy castles. Instead, it offers a breathtaking view, warm hospitality, and home-style food. It offers peace and quiet.


The locals operate the cable car. It is maintained by volunteers and various cooperatives as a non-profit organization. Its valley station is beside the vineyard of Malans. Please note that it only operates in summer and reservations with Älplibahn (Phone Number: +41 81 322 47 64) are necessary.

Why should you visit Malans Älpli?

Älpli in Malans is an authentic experience in the alps. It offers peace and quiet, as well as majestic views of the Grisons Rhine Valley. While hiking here, you can see the Grisons Alps – Silvretta, Piz Kesch, and Piz Terri. When the skies are clear, you can even see Bernina Massif 70 kilometers away.

With a length of 3.5 kilometers, the Älplibahn is also one of the longest in Switzerland.


Summary

Here is a brief summary of the closest mountains to Zurich and how far away these are (in kilometers, an approximate).

MountainHeight (m)Distance from Zurich (km)Canton
Uetliberg813 meters4 kmZurich
Felsenegg804 meters10 kmZurich
Zugerberg1,039 meters33 kmZug
Sattel-Hochstuckli Mostelberg1,185 meters46 kmSchwyz
Rigi Scheidegg / Rigi Kulm1,643 meters / 1,797 meters48 kmSchwyz / Lucerne
Hoch-Ybrig – Spirstock / Sternen1,771 meters / 1,856 meters55 kmSchwyz
Pilatus2,073 meters55 kmLucerne
Braunwald – Gumen1,901 meters86 kmGlarus
Pizol – Laufboden / Pizolhütte2,226 meters / 2,227 meters93 kmSt. Gallen
Flumserberg -Maschgenkamm / Prodkamm2,010 meters / 1,939 meters93 kmSt. Gallen
Malans Älpli1,801 meters107 kmGraubünden

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