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
For more running routes, see the Route List
Here's another nice, short running route in Zürich. This out-and-back run follows the western shore of Lake Zurich. We'll start in the same spot as the eastern-shore run, at Bürkliplatz, at the northern tip of the lake. This is where downtown Zurich meets the water.
|Bürkliplatz in autumn: Ganymede with the western shore in background -- our route!|
You'll soon enter the Arboretum, a nice green park as the shore turns to the left, going south. The park is sprinkled with clusters of gigantic trees: weeping beech trees and sequoias. You leave the park heading straight southwards, past a waterside café and a fountain out in the lake.
|The marina and café in Enge|
You have to stay along the street for a short ways, but then you can turn left through the next parking lot to get back to the water.
You'll come to a little island, Saffa Island, and another spot where the direct shore trail ends. Straight ahead are the home docks for the big tour ships.
|View back to the city from Saffa Island|
|End of the line: the tour-boat docks with a bit of snow|