Schnebelhorn: the highest summit in Zürich


A visit to the highest mountain in the canton of Zürich

When you think of Zürich, images of a global center of banking and finance might immediately pop in your head. Is it even possible to hike in Zürich? Of course it is! Let me give you a quick preview of what Zürich offers besides its metropolitan hub:

Astonishing no? Endless green landscapes. The hike I am about to share with you is part of the 26 Summit Challenge sponsored by Ochsner Sport. One of these 26 hikes is located in the canton of Zürich – namely to its highest mountain: Schnebelhorn. 

Steg Bahnhof – Sennhütte – Schnebelhorn – Steg Bahnhof

The hike begins at the Steg Bahnhof where you will begin following the sign-posted path on mostly pavement. After approximately 3.5km you will reach the beginning of the forest. This part of the hike can be tough – it is a steep ascent in the wild forest. Once you arrive at the top of the initial climb, there is a relatively long flat stretch that leads you to the Sennhütte mountain hut. The Sennhütte is a beautiful mountain hut that is located in a hiker’s paradise. 


  • Location:  Steg im Tösstal, Switzerland
  • Position: 1028 m above sea-level
  • Difficulty level: medium
  • Sleeps: Either in a dormitory, in the classic hut style or in one of the two cozy double rooms
  • Food: rustic hut breakfast, home-made dishes from noon to the evening
  • Good to know: no TV and mobile phone reception

The Sennhütte is definitely worth a visit! Once you have had the chance to take a break at this wonderful hut, your ascent continues. From this point forward it is a relatively steep hike to the summit of the Schnebelhorn. 

You have made it! You have reached the highest peak in the canton of Zürich. Congratulations! The Schnebelhorn offers a spectacular view – you can even spot the Säntis in the distance. 

Now you will begin your descent. A ridge path will lead you to Hirzegg and then steadily downhill via Rütwies, Chatenböel and Vorderegg. You will soon see the train station Steg again.

Fact O’Clock:

  • The summit is located between the border of Zurich and St. Gallen
  • The duration of the hike is approximately 4.5-5 hours
  • The Schnebelhorn is the highest summit in the canton of Zürich with 1292 m above sea-level


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To all the nature lovers out there, are you looking for a special night away from home, surrounded by beautiful landscapes? Allow me to share with you my personal experiences that will surely inspire you and give you the opportunity to have unforgettable experiences in cabins or huts that cannot be easily imitated. Each and every place will stand out for its unique character. Peppered with informative information, hiking tips in the region and exciting stories, this blog can become your ideal source of inspiration for a very special experience. Stay tuned

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