Yearning for fresh air, for a spontaneous hike, not too far away from Zurich?
Don't you fret: the opportunity is in Zurich itself, the Uetliberg tower is visible from all over Zurich - on the non foggy days, of course!
Take the Uetliberg train from the main railway station, the Triemlispital or any other station on the way to reach the top of Uetliberg (870 m above sea level) in about 30 minutes from the main railway station of Zurich. From the tram station, it is a hike of about 10 minutes to reach the top, where you have a beautiful platform from where you can enjoy the view over the lake of Zurich. If you like to climb the stairs of the 72m high panorama tower, you will enjoy an awesome view, as seen in the picture.
Besides taking the tram, you can hike to the top from different starting points. Depending on your physical fitness, there are 2-3 different trails, which can be taken from the Triemlispital. In addition, you can use your mountain bike to get to the top.
There is a hotel and restaurant at the top, where you can get a refreshment, have dinner or a party. The hotel can be recommended for a few day's stay.