Grady and I spent a day enjoying the views from Uetliberg. Actually, we spent about an hour enjoying the views before we embarked on what we thought would be a one and a half hour walk to Falsenegg, before taking a cable car down the mountain.
Wrong. It was an almost two and a half hour walk, but beautiful and enjoyable nonetheless.
Let me back up.
We got off the train about a one-half mile walk from the top of Uetilberg and were delighted with the views when we reached the top. At 871 meters above sea level, Uetileberg offers great views of all Zurich. The blue skies that day made the snow-capped Alps peaking in the background stand out brilliantly.
A huge radio/TV tower had a platform that offered unobstructed views in all directions. A quick 187 steps and we were at the top taking it all in. Sprawling Zurich on one side; green farms and thick forests on the other side. Beautiful.
But six kilometers began to feel really long. Maybe it was because we stopped a lot to admire views and take pictures. Maybe it was because trail signs along the way were in German and it took some trial and error to figure out which way to go. Maybe it was because we had flown through the night and were operating on little sleep. Maybe it was because I was pregnant and, even though I'm far from waddling, I think my gait has slowed already.
Who knows. But around the two hour mark with no idea how much further to Falsenegg, the walk lost some of its adventurous allure.
But, alas, Falsenegg appeared, literally, out of no where and we hopped on the cable car to head down the mountain. At the bottom, it was a short walk to the train station where we'd ride or about 30 minutes back to Zurich.
Before getting on the train, we stepped inside a small cafe for a drink and a snack. For a mere $15 we enjoyed two glasses of water and two soft pretzels. We're guessing we got played by a local who pretended not to understand English and who overcharged us, but since our simple snack was on the company dollar we didn't worry about it. It just gave us something to laugh about later. I don't think I've ever drank a Dixie cup of water, totaling seven swallows, for $4 before.
More on that soon...