I took a day trip from Zurich to nearby Rapperswil. Swoon. It was a lovely little town on the shores of Zurichsee and touching the alpine foothills.
There is a 13th century castle and church sitting on a hill in the middle of the old town. The castle now contains the Polish Museum and the grounds are maintained beautifully, with a rose garden and a herd of deer.
I found a spinning store there! Or maybe it was just a spinning window display. Regardless, I couldn't figure out how to get in to where the wool was. This probably wasn't the great tragedy that I felt that it was at the time.
There is a wooden footbridge that crosses the lake- walking across you get amazing views of the Alps.
The Swiss have developed an ingenious series of walking, hiking and biking trails across the country. The path is always well-marked and it always swings by a train station in every town. They have a baggage forwarding system- you can drop off you bags at a station in the morning and they will be waiting for you at whatever destination you'll end up walking to at the end of the day.