Summary: walk around small lake, with fire pits, swimming, camping and fishing
|Car:||~25mins from ZH||Trail:||~2.25 miles, loop||Restaurant:||yes|
|Train/Bus:||possible by bus||Stroller:||yes||Fire pit:||yes|
Türlersee is a small lake near Zurich, nestled in a quiet valley, making you feel far away from everything even though you are so close. There is an easy loop trail around the lake, smooth enough for a stroller and short enough that a 5 year old can walk around it without too much complaining. As you walk around the lake, you'll pass a few fire pits and several small docks from which you can fish without a license. If you live in the area, it's a great choice for a lazy afternoon in any season.
P.S. This lake sometimes freezes in winter and you can ice skate on it. Check out my post for details.
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Details. Türlersee is in a valley between Affoltern a.A. on the west and Langnau a.A. on the east. It's most convenient to drive to the southeast end of the lake and park in the Türlersee Camping parking lot for a small fee. There are a couple other free lots nearby if you don't mind walking a bit. By bus, you'll take the 235 bus to Hausen am Albis, Türlersee. Walk toward the lake, just south of the camping complex. At the lake, there is a small swimming area and playground run by the campground, which requires a fee during the summer season. There are a couple restaurants here too. For the loop walk, simply continue south around the lake following the trail signs.
Here's what the beginning of the trail looks like in April.
Here's more of the trail, some dirt and some paved.
View from the west side to the east side.
One of the fire pits. They don't provide wood, but we found plenty of fallen branches to use.
The lake is really pretty with lots of different kinds of flora and lush fields.
According to this website, anyone is allowed to fish from the shore without a license. So it's a good place for your kids to play around with a fishing pole without paying an expensive fee.
The rules state you can use only natural bait, like worms but no live or dead fish, and no artificial lures. Thus you can see us digging for worms, yuck!
We've fished there three times and never caught anything, except these super tiny fish with a net. But our kids still felt like they had gone fishin'.
I include this photo simply to show that we really do go out in all weather, always hopeful it will improve. On this day, we started in pretty steady rain but an hour later it all dried up and we had a fun day.