A day out with my middle child
There’s no denying it: if you have more than one child, you don’t always have time to give each of them special attention. The first one wants help with their homework, the second wants you to listen to their musical efforts, and the third has decided it’s finally time to build the Playmobil knight’s castle. And of course, all of this happens at once, right before dinner. Reason enough, in our book, to set aside some time every month for a special day alone with one of the kids. On this occasion, it was our middle child’s turn. On the program: a forest walk to the Jurablick teahouse on the Uetliberg before heading on to the Thermalbad & Spa Zürich wellness center.
The Jurablick teahouse on Zurich’s Uetliberg mountain may no longer be a well-kept secret, but time still seems to pass a little more slowly here on the cozy terrace of the Bergfreunde Alpina association’s clubhouse. That might be due to the magnificent view over the Säuliamt region and the surrounding mountains – or perhaps it’s the seclusion of this pretty little hideaway that does it. The teahouse is nestled in the dense forest between the Uetliberg terminus and Ringlikon station on the Uetliberg railway line, which leaves from Zurich main station.
During the busy fall season, when the city below is blanketed in fog, tourists tend to flock to the Uto Kulm restaurant at the summit of the Uetliberg. At the Jurablick, meanwhile, you’ll mostly find yourself keeping company with Zurich residents, who haven’t missed the little wooden signposts for the fork in the path as you head down into the valley from the Uetliberg terminus. The menu offers seasonal, local food that’s been lovingly prepared, including soups, cheese- and sausage platters as well as delicious desserts.