Region: Eastern Switzerland

See also the regions within eastern Switzerland:

Zürich City, Zürich Region, Appenzell, Glarnerland, Heidiland, Toggenburg

Wondering what to do with your out-of-town guests? There are plenty of wonderful affordable activities within an hour or two of Zurich, including classic Swiss nature outings, cultural experiences, and low key family fun. Enjoy!
Living in Zurich, it’s easy to escape the city. The whole Zurich region is filled with forests, rivers, lakes, and parks, with dozens of nature walks for all abilities. Here are a few of our favorite nature walks near Zurich, most not more than a 30 min drive or train ride from the city.
Best day hikes near Zürich that don’t require mountain transport including mountain peaks, rivers, lakes, & theme trails for kids. The only cost would be parking fees or public transportation back to your starting point.
Here are several Zurich city walks that will appeal to both parents and kids, with fun things to see, do and eat along the way.
The best Swiss ski resorts for families, within a day trip distance of Zürich. From small local hills for absolute beginners to bigger resorts with good ski schools and lots of blue runs for practicing.
Beautiful panorama views from this 35m tall observation tower in the hills southeast of Zürich. Reached by a short, easy walk from parking or bus stop.
Forest trail along the Pfannenstiel ridge east of Zürich lake to an observation tower with panorama views of the Zürich region. Then descend through a ravine following a stream to Lake Zürich.

Hi! I’m Tanya and our family has been living & hiking in Switzerland since 2005, collecting dozens of fun hikes and activities for all ages and abilities. More about us…

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