Length 7.3 km (4.5 miles), terrain: hilly, total gain almost 500 meters
NOTE: There is a similar hill-run on the north side of town, up the Lindberg. Just take Lindstrasse north, cross the bridge over the railway, then turn right onto Haldenstrasse and head straight up the hill and into the woods!
|St. Laurenz Church in Winterthur old-town|
This run heads south of town to Eschenberg hill, and loops across it past an animal park, through some farm fields, and then back again.
We'll start the run in the heart of the old-town pedestrian zone, at the corner of Marktgasse (the main shopping street) and Metzggasse, next to the Krone (Crown) Hotel. There is a fountain there, the Justitia-Brunnen.
|Starting point of the run on Marktgasse|
Cross the street and keep heading south, where it starts going uphill along Turmhaldenstrasse. You're now running up Heiligberg, the steepest spot on the whole run.
Go up and over this little hill, where the street-name changes to Hochwachtstrasse.
When you come to the next busy street, Breitestrasse, Winterthur ends, at about the 1-km mark. Now the road continues southwards going up the forest-covered Eschenberg hill.
|Take the path to the left of the road going up the hill|
At a spot where the trail goes downhill for a short ways, there is a fresh spring-water fountain. At the fountain, turn right to continue following the signs to Bruderhus.
|The fountain, turn right here|
Bruderhus is an animal park, with deer, mountain goats, European bison (a smaller cousin of the North American ones), and other animals grazing within fenced meadows.
|Deer at Bruderhus|
The top of the hill is to the left side, with occasional cross-trails heading up there to the 30-meter-tall observation tower.
We're now running towards a farm on the other side of the hilltop, with a restaurant.
|Approaching the Eschenberg farm|
|View south towards Kyburg|
Run straight to the farm's barn, then turn left onto the dirt path to the left of the paved road, at the 4-km mark. The path is marked for "Waldheim Bus". It soon starts heading downhill, back to town.
Make sure you keep following the signs for Waldheim and not the ones that turn off to Waldegg. Remember, WaldHEIM, your Woods Home.
|Woodpiles along the way home|
Cross Breitestrasse again, continuing north on Langgasse. The main street curves to the right and becomes Reitweg.
Just after the parking lot on the left, at the fountain, turn left onto Wildbachstrasse.
Now head north on Wildbachstrasse, cross the bridge over the stream and come out onto the loud intersection at Technikumstrasse.
|Along Oberer Graben|
A VERY cool run!