Located on a lake, Meilen is an ideal destination for lakeside excursions, hiking in the Pfannenstiel region and water sports. Dotted with quaint cafes, wineries and a 500-year-old church, Meilin lures you in with its laid-back atmosphere, historic landmarks and natural wonders.
Things to do in Meilen
For the best views of Lake Zurich, head to Pfannenstiel, a popular recreational area on the northern shore of the Zurichsee. Climb up the 30-meter-tall lookout tower sitting above Hochwacht to admire panoramic views over the Greifensee into the Zurich Oberland.
If you’re looking for a lovely place to spend a hot summer day, take the entire family to the Strandbad Dorfmeilen swimming area. You can splash about in the water, let the kids loose in the playground or enjoy a picnic on the shaded grassy area.
Operating for more than a century, the Schwarzenbach winery is a family-run business that offers a diverse range of wines produced in the Lake Zurich region. Take a tour of the winery and sample Swiss and regional specialties like the Completer, a rare grape native of Graubünden, or the Räuschling, a white grape variety native of Zurich.
After a day of sightseeing, drop into Meilin’s city center to indulge in some local cuisine. Napule Pizzeria Meilin serves up Naples-quality pizza with fresh ingredients, while GLUCK boasts a quaint atmosphere perfect for enjoying coffee and dessert.
Getting around Meilen
Meilen is 30 kilometers from Zurich Airport and is connected to surrounding cities by buses and trains, while boats make the journey to Zurich and Rapperswil. The main part of town is pedestrian-friendly, while taxis, buses and hire cards are best for exploring further afield.