Length 4.6 km (2.9 miles), terrain flat
Zürich Routes List:
East shore out-and-back
West shore out-and-back
Zürich old-town loop
Uetliberg hilltop trail
For more running routes, see the Route List
If you want to experience beautiful vistas, quiet parks and waterside life in Zurich, just head out to Lake Zurich for your next run. Zurich is located at the north end of the narrow lake, so you can either run down the east- or west-shore.
This run covers the east shore, a trail that I first ran about 20 years ago. That was in the summertime. This trip, it was late October, with snow on the ground, so the memories of crowds of swimmers and sailors enjoying the evening were replaced by dark runs along a lonely shore, but still it's a great place to be.
|View along the eastern shore from Bürkliplatz|
Sound OK? Well, off we go...
We'll start the run where the downtown meets the lake at Bürkliplatz. Standing there near the statue of Ganymede, looking out at the lake, our route will head out along the left side. The lake drains out into the Limmat river to your left, later flowing into the Rhine.
By the way, this is the same spot where the West-Shore Route begins.
|The promenade begins here|
|Along the lakefront|
|Mansion along the park|
|View from Zürichhorn towards Tiefenbrunnen and Zollikon|