The past fifteen years have been good to the Rhine. The water quality has clearly improved and the riverbanks have become more attractive. The inhabitants of the Basel region have rediscovered how to enjoy this proud river for recreational activities and as a real leisure paradise.
The Üetliberg railway (with regular scheduled trains) takes summiteers to Zurich's "own" mountain, 871 meters high. The high-altitude hike following the train trip is also suitable for families; after visiting the restaurant terrace on the Felsenegg, the gondola lift is waiting to take walkers down to Adliswil, where the S-Bahn (train) runs back towards Zurich.
This pilgrimage does not always have to lead to Santiago de Compostela – an impressive section of the Way of St. James is the ViaJacobi, a five hour walk from Schwarzenburg to Fribourg. This stretch is considered the most exciting part of the Way of St. James in Switzerland and has been used by the Jakobspilger - the St. James pilgrims - since the Middle Ages.
In the Creux du Van across Lake Neuchâtel, nature presents itself as a giant natural amphitheatre.