Ämtlerweg hiking trail in Knonaueramt

Hiking in the Säuliamt district

Start with a refreshing swim in Lake Türler followed by a visit to the monastery in Kappel, and round it off with impressive panoramic views across the Alps. The Ämtlerweg trail is Zurich Knonaueramt at its very best.

Another section of the Ämtlerweg trail takes you from Hausen am Albis to Knonau in just under 17 kilometres. In good weather, you can start off the day with a refreshing dip in Lake Türler. The hike then takes you to Kappel monastery. The church and cloisters were built in the 12th century, whereas the Klostercafé is a newer addition. A visit is well worthwhile, as is a break in the café! Via Ober-Rifferswil, you take the well signposted Ämtlerweg to Knonau, which you can reach in around four and a half hours by foot. Check in advance whether the Besenbeiz restaurant at Hof Sternen Mettmenstetten is open. Taking a break here is also recommended!

The Ämtlerweg spans a total of 46 kilometres and takes you on a round trip from Bonstetten via Affoltern to Albis, Mettmenstetten and Ottenbach and back to Bonstetten. 22 information boards tell you about the history and development of the Säuliamt district. The panoramic views of the entire Alpine range from Central to Eastern Switzerland are particularly impressive.

Journey Details

Duration 4 hours 30 min
Difficulty medium
Distance 16.7 Kilometres
Altitude difference 135 Metres
Arrival Postbus route 236 to Hausen am Albis, Türlersee
Return travel From Knonau, Bahnhof

Additional information

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Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.
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Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.

With the S2, S8 or S24 to Wiedikon. Continue with bus 236 to “Hausen am Albis, Türlersee”


Take the S2, S8 or S24 as far as Thalwil. From here, take bus 240 to “Hausen am Albis, Riedmatt” and then bus 236 to “Hausen am Albis, Türlersee”


For groups of 10 people or more, a reservation is required by no later than 4 p.m. on the previous day. Tel. +41 58 667 13 60

Bicycle transport

You may take your bicycle on the postbus, provided there is sufficient space and you do not obstruct other passengers from getting on or off the vehicle. Transport of electric bicycles on PostBus routes is limited.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair accessibility is guaranteed in the Postbus



Kloster Kappel
Kappelerhof 5
8926 Kappel am Albis