Lake Zurich Walking Tour, Zurich

Lake Zurich Walking Tour (Self Guided), Zurich

It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit Zurich, a walk along the shoreline of the beautiful lake is an absolute must. Many people make a beeline for the large freshwater body, so it can often be busy, especially during the summer. This is particularly true of the Seefeld side. However, the western shore attracts fewer people, which is one of the reasons why it is such a good spot for visitors. In addition to the lake, there are many others sites of interest to explore while you are in the area.

Go to the Arboretum, a pastoral delight that is a botanical garden, public park and arboretum all rolled into one. Spend some time among the trees, which come from many different parts of the world, such as Japan, China, Canada and the Middle East. The Arboretum is part of the Quaianlagen, the lakeshore quays that were inaugurated in the late 19th century. Also in the Lake Zurich locale are a public bath, lido and lake sauna.

Between the Arboretum and Strandbad Mythenquai is Hafen Enge, meaning the harbor area in Enge. Stroll around the dock where you will come across Züri-Leu, a large and impressive statue of a lion. Walk along the spacious promenade known as General-Guisan-Quai. It features several rows of trees, and was named after a General of the Swiss Army.
How it works: A discovery walk features a route using which you can explore a popular city neighborhood on your own. This walk, along with other self-guided walks in over 1,500 cities, can be found on the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play Store to your mobile phone or tablet. The app's built-in GPS navigation functions allow following this walk route with ease. The app works both online and offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Lake Zurich Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Lake Zurich Walking Tour
Guide Location: Switzerland » Zurich
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: naomi
View from General-Guisan-Quai

1) View from General-Guisan-Quai


2) General-Guisan-Quai


3) General-Guisan-Quai

Arboretum Park

4) Arboretum Park

Stockerstrasse, Rotes Schloss (Red Castle)

5) Stockerstrasse, Rotes Schloss (Red Castle)

General-Guisan-Quai, Weisses Schloss (White Castle)

6) General-Guisan-Quai, Weisses Schloss (White Castle)

General-Guisan-Quai, Rentenanstalt

7) General-Guisan-Quai, Rentenanstalt

General-Guisan-Quai, Zürcher Yacht Club

8) General-Guisan-Quai, Zürcher Yacht Club

View from Arboretum Park

9) View from Arboretum Park

Arboretum Park

10) Arboretum Park

Mythenquai Street, Swiss Re Company Building

11) Mythenquai Street, Swiss Re Company Building

View from Enge Seerestaurant

12) View from Enge Seerestaurant

Mythenquai Street

13) Mythenquai Street

Mythenquai Beach

14) Mythenquai Beach

Walking Tours in Zurich, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Zurich

Create Your Own Walk in Zurich

Creating your own self-guided walk in Zurich is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Zurich Souvenir Shopping

Zurich Souvenir Shopping

Zurich has no shortage of tourists, and when it comes to souvenirs, there are plenty of options available.

A popular saying goes, "When in Zurich, shop on Bahnhofstrasse." True, in terms of souvenir shopping, this thoroughfare is second to none. Another saying is that “When in Switzerland, buy Swiss-made products.”

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Zurich's Historical Churches Tour

Zurich's Historical Churches Tour

The history of Christianity in Zurich is duly reflected in the local churches, found here in abundance. Indeed, Christianity has been the dominant religion of Zurich for many centuries. And while, historically, the city was a center of the Protestant Reformation, today it is home to both Catholic and Protestant communities.

The Swiss Reformed Church is the largest Protestant denomination, but...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Old Town Walk

Old Town Walk

The Old Town, or Altstadt (in German), is the historic heart of Zurich which beats on both sides of the Limmat River that runs through it. "Zurich is a city, but Altstadt is a village" – this saying reflects the charming, small-town feel of Old Town Zurich, which stands in contrast to the more modern and cosmopolitan areas of the city.

Bordered by the Bahnhofstrasse, a bustling...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Zurich Introduction Walking Tour

Zurich Introduction Walking Tour

Walking around Zurich is a walk through history. The city was first officially settled by the Romans in 15 BC, who called it Turicum. But there were earlier inhabitants–evidence has been found of settlement that dates back more than six millennia. One of the oldest parts of town is Lindenhof Square, an elevated hill that was one of the earliest sites.

Today Zurich is the largest city in...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Zurich Gourmet Tour

Zurich Gourmet Tour

Apart from its high-quality watches, Switzerland is famous for its unique delicacies. The secrets of their making have been preserved for centuries and passed on from father to son. In this respect, it is not at all surprising that a global banking and financial center such as Zurich can be also a haven for food enthusiasts seeking gourmet delights. On this self-guided walk, we invite you to...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles

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