I'm about to head out on a business trip to Zurich, and will have a couple of weekends to myself--both this upcoming weekend (June 21-22), and a 3-day weekend (July 4-6). This is my first trip to the Alps, so I'm keen to soak in as much as I can while I'm there, and am soliciting opinions/pointers to places to see.
Ideally, I'd like to be able to get out and hike all weekend, cover as much ground as I can, probably stay in a hut overnight if that means I can spend more time in the mountains, and tag a peak or two along the way. I'll be solo, will bring axe/crampons, and I'd prefer to keep anything I tackle in the YDS class 3-4 range. I won't have a car, but I'm open to renting one on the weekends if need be--but my hope is that public transportation is good enough that I can get by without. (As you might surmise, I'd hope to leave Fri afternoon/evening, and return either late Sun evening or, better, Mon morning.)
I took a look through the forums, and found a couple of suggestions in this thread:
http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB2/viewto ... ght=zurich
...but I hope people have more suggestions to offer now, too. I tried searching on here and picking out the peaks that look particularly nice from their signature shots, but the sheer number that have been posted on here within 50-100 miles of Zurich is pretty overwhelming.
So, any suggestions for loop trips, say 20mi a day (if snow isn't a serious obstacle now), comments on public transportation, etc. would be great. (As this is my first visit, scenic beauty of the whole area is as high a priority as a classic climb.) Thanks in advance.