A Hike to Hirzli
If you fancy a hike not far from Zürich why not try going to Hirzli? Lori went on a hiking trip with a group from ICS a couple of weeks ago and captured these fabulous shots which she kindly shared with us. It’s easily reachable from Zurich and takes just over an hours’ drive by car.
You start the hike at Niederurnen-Morgenholz where you take the cable car to the Morgenholz mountain station at 980m. From there you continue uphill following the signs until you eventually reach Hirzli at 1640m. All in all it’s a 7km hike and in places it is quite steep.
Hirzli is a small mountain that “guards” the entrance to Glarus. From the summit you get a fantastic panorama over Zürichsee, Mittleland, Säntis, Churfirsten, Walensee and the Glarner Alps. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Black Forest in Germany.
After a picture the group continued along the beautiful ridge before the descent back to Niederurnen Täli through grassy meadows. Along the Niederurnen path you can see a series of carved wooden figures lining the route.
If you’re hiking with children you will be pleased to know that there is a kid’s playground on the descent to Mettmen which is equipped with a grill area too. If you don’t fancy grilling a Bratwurst there is always the Restaurant Hirzli close by. The best times of the year to visit Hirzli are Spring, early Summer or Autumn.
All photos © Lori Moll Buchanan
With thanks to Lori Moll Buchanan for the great photos and information. For more information (in German) please see here
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