Zurich (Stöckentobel), CH

Impressive hike from Zürich Burgwies along the “Elefantenbach” stream, through the “Stöckentobel” and “Werenbachtobel” – one of the most impressive tobel landscapes in Zürich. The ravines were formed in the course of the last 10,000 to 15,000 years after the Linth glacier retreated from the Zurich area at the end of the last ice age. Via Witikon you hike to Trichtenhausen and back to Zürich Burgwies.


The starting point of the hike is the Zürich Burgwies streetcar stop. From here, follow the hiking sign in the direction of “Elefantenbachweg”. The hiking trail leads up the road. Within a few minutes you will find yourself in the middle of the forest and in the “Stöckentobel”.

Via a loop you hike slightly uphill to the stone elephant in the middle of the stream. The elephant was built in 1898 by the Verschönerungsverein Zürich. Just above is a nice fireplace with shelter. The path continues along the stream and over many bridges. All along the way, many benches invite you to take a break.

After about 50 minutes, a staircase leads out of the forest and you are in Witikon. Here you follow the signpost to the right and walk first on Loorenstrasse, cross Witikonerstrasse and then walk along Trichtenhausenstrasse, through the beautiful center of Witikon with its old timber-framed houses. The path leads down to the Trichtenhausen mill.

From here the route goes up to the left along the road. After a few steps you go directly down into the ice-age “Werenbachtobel”. The circular walk now leads slightly downhill along the Wehrenbach stream, past beautiful fireplaces, reed meadows, springs, back to the starting point in Zurich Burgwies.

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