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View into the forest

View into the forest

Trip to the ravine

Trip to the ravine

Along the stream

Along the stream

Winterly atmosphere

Winterly atmosphere



In the Küssnachter ravine

In the Küssnachter ravine

Tour description

Starting at the Forch railway station, you take the trail to the Pfannenstiel and then turn toward Herrliberg. After 1.5 kilometers in the woods you will arrive at the Rüsselbach near Hohrüti, which has carved out a little ravine near its source and the top of the Pfannenstiel. It is advantageous to wear sturdy shoes with a good profile, for the snow lasts a long time here and on the many stairs that we will climb down on the way to Küsnacht. The water that seeps out of the steep hillsides has positive and negative effects. On the one hand there are the many beautiful icicles that get larger and larger as the winter nears an end, on the other hand there are many dangerous icy spots on the trail. Below Zumikon, where the Rüsselbach becomes the Dorfbach, you can see kingfishers. A ten-minute side trip takes one to the Wulphügel, site of the Wulp castle ruins, and also worth seeing is the Drachenhöhle, 20 meters above the trail. Children especially will enjoy this pudding stone boulder full of holes. At the end of the hike you’ll pass several glacial boulders, among them the gigantic Alex-ander stone, and finally you’ll arrive at the center of Küsnacht.


Variant A: From the rail station Zumikon to the Tobel on the hiking trail towards Küsnacht (shortens the way about one half).
Variant B: Side trail to the ruin Wulp (Duration: 20 min)
Variant C: Side trail to the Schübelweiher (Duration: 20 min)

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Places along the route: Forch - Hohrüti - Tobelmüli - Drachenhöhle - Alexanderstein - Küsnacht


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Tour history (B01728)

First published: Donnerstag, 16. September 2010

Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014

Tour published by: Presented by www.zuerich.com

Tour characteristics

Distance: 9.8 km | Time requirement: 2½ h
Ascent: 101 m | Descent: 101 m
Highest point: 733 m.a.s.l.

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Zürichsee Tourismus
CH-8640 Rapperswil
Tel: +41 (0)55 220 57 57
E-Mail: zuerichsee@zuerich.com
Internet: www.zuerich.com