The communities of Stallikon and Adliswil along with the Swiss Nordic Fitness Organization (SNO) maintain a series of nordic walking trails of various difficulty in the Albis/Felsenegg region of Canton Zürich. In an effort to get out and enjoy a lovely autumn day, a friend and I hiked one of the middle-difficulty trails in this series – the Buchenegg Trail. With views of Lake Zürich, and the Türlersee, along with rolling hills, forests, and green pastures, this was a lovely walk away from the city but still close to home.Detail Summary
|What:||Adliswil-Felsenegg Nordic Walking Park Buchenegg Trail, |
Canton Zürich, Switzerland
|Train:||Zürich HB -> Felsenegg – 1 hr 15 minutes|
Note: This includes a 30 minute walk on the Stallikon trail from the top of the Felsenegg Luftseilbahn to the Restaurant Buchenegg where the Buchenegg trail can be accessed.
|Car:||Zürich -> Parkplatz Buchenegg, Bucheneggstrasse, 8143 Stallikon – 25 min|
Note: Both the Buchenegg and Stallikon trails can be accessed from this parking lot.
|Skill:||Easy to Medium – About 2 hr 15 min|
Length 8.5 km, Ascent 304 m, Descent 304 m
We choses to drive rather than take public transport, and so we parked at the lot near Restaurant Buchenegg. (I have not eaten here, but my friend has and she says they have excellent fondue.)
From this point, the two middle-difficulty trails, the Buchenegg trail and the Stallikon trail, can be accessed. After looking at the map near the restaurant, we decided to hike the Buchenegg trail – a loop trail that goes along the ridge to the Albispass, then heads down through the valley as it circles back to Buchenegg.
The Trail – Buchenegg to Albispass
After crossing the main street, the trail heads through fields and forests. As we hiked along the ridge, we passed a large tower and enjoyed a splendid view of lake Zurich.
As we continued on the trail towards the Albispass, we crossed rolling green fields and more forest. The autumn leaves were beginning to turn, and the air was starting to feel a bit crisp.
After about 45 minutes, we were at the Albispass. Here we stopped at a restaurant for a break and warm cappuccino.
The Trail – Albispass to Buchenegg
After leaving the restaurant, we began the decent into the valley. We passed apple orchards with trees abundantly covered, almost overly so, in bright red and green apples. When we reached the valley, we looked up to see the white tower standing tall on the ridge where we had been hiking earlier.
This is a loop hike, so after our walk through the valley, it was time to begin the steep climb back up to Buchenegg. On this part of the trail, there were a lot of steps, but we were well rewarded with a pleasing view of Türlersee lake and the valley.
When we had almost reached the top of the ridge, we were back in the forest. As we made our return to Buchenegg, we got a peak through the leaves to a view of the tower on Uetliberg.
When we left the forest, we were back at Buchenegg, and to our car.
We enjoyed the Buchenegg Trail and would like to come back another time and give the Stallikon Trail, the other middle-difficulty trail in this series, a try.