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    Across the Albis Range near Lake Zurich

    Albispass - Hochwacht Tower - Albishorn - Schweikhof - Sihlbrugg

    Across the Albis Range near Lake Zurich

    Albispass - Hochwacht Tower - Albishorn - Schweikhof - Sihlbrugg

    The hike from the Albis Pass to Sihlbrugg along the Albis Range offers many panoramic views on both sides of the range, from the full length of Lake Zurich to Mount Säntis and all the way South to the Bernese Alps. This approx. 3-hour walk is recommended to do on a clear day because missing these views would be a real disappointment.

    Views of Lake Zurich already greet the eye on the way to the wooden lookout tower just 25-30 minutes from the pass. At the base of the tower there are several official fire “places”. The 33m high tower has a platform with benches and spectacular 360º views, inviting you to stay a while….

    From here a short uphill walk takes you to the base of a small but steep hill upon which is perched the ruins of the 12th century fortress of Schnabelburg. All that remains are a few short stone walls excavated in 1955. The path up is very steep and care must be exercised. Alternately, you can continue along the trail at the base of the hill.

    After reaching the Schnabellücke trail marker (from here the trails go in many directions), a 130m uphill climb takes you to the highest point of the Albis Range, the Bürglenstutz (915m). From here it’s an easy 20-minute walk to the Albishorn where the view terrace at the restaurant invites you for a drink and more lake and mountain views.

    The rest of the tour is all downhill, first on a “ridge” trail with lots of roots, and then through shady forest with an alternate parallel sunny trail, past the hamlet of Ober Albis to the Schweikhof which is a family-run farm with restaurant and outdoor “bar” called a Besenbeitz and then finally to the traffic circle at Sihlbrugg where you can catch a bus back to Baar. (note that there is only one bus stop in the circle as the bus loops here).


    Published on 05.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 26.03.2016
    Published on 05.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 26.03.2016

    Route Details

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    Time Required
    3 hours
    9 km
    280 m
    540 m
    Season Start / Season End
    March - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Hochwacht wooden tower, Schnabelburg fortress ruins
    Starting Point
    Albis Pass
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Sihlbrugg Dorf
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Albishorn, Schweikhof
    Thalwil, Horgen, Zurich
    Things to Note
    Trail is steep in some places with lots of tree roots. Can be slippery when wet.

    Route Description

    00:00 Start the hike at the Albispass. Head in the direction of Albishorn

    00:25 Reach the Hochwacht Tower. From the viewing platform you can see from the Alpstein Massif to the Bernese Alps

    00:35 Reach the base of the hill where the ruins of the fortress Schnabelburg are perched.

    00:45 Reach Schnabellücke trail marker and continue in the direction of Albishorn.

    01:00 Reach Bürglenstutz, the highest point of the tour (915m)

    01:20 Reach the Albishorn. Continue in direction of Schweikhof

    02:30 Reach the Schweikhof farm, where there is also a terrace and restaurant and a small outdoor "bar" called a "Besenbeitz"

    02:50 Reach the traffic circle at Sihlbrugg Dorf. The bus loops here and returns to Baar. Bus stop is at the far side of the traffic circle.





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