Zurich's 20-minute proximity to Uetliberg, the ‘Zurich summit', is a big plus for the city. Easily accessible from the central train station aboard the Uetliberg Bahn or by bus, the mountain overlooks the city and lake and offers a breath-taking view of the snow-capped Alps.
If you want an even more spectacular view and you're not faint of heart go to the top of the 72-metre observation tower near the Hotel Uto Kulm. This is a popular hiking and picnicking area there are tables all around.
The 821-metre climb to Uetliberg's summit will tempt the athletic traveller, who can also do it on mountain bike. In winter, the roads become trails for cross-country skiing and sledding.