Visit Zermatt: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Zermatt
Five Lakes Walk
What’s better than a beautiful alpine lake? Try five of them! Winding its way around the shores of Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leisee, with Matterhorn mountain towering overhead, this 3-hour hike is endlessly scenic. When the weather's warmer, you can even bring a swimsuit and go for a dip in the crystal-clear Leisee!
Marmot Trail
This scenic 90-minute hike is named after the cuddly alpine mammals native to the Zermatt region. Youngsters will jump at the chance to follow a nature-themed sculpture trail from Blauherd to Sunnegga – on the lookout for cute, cuddly creatures at every turn. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some baby marmots peeking out from their burrows!
Panorama Walk
The clue’s in the name – the Panorama Walk provides some of the Alps’ most outstanding views. This manageable route runs from Blauherd to Ritzengrat through lush Alpine pastures that many chamois and marmots call home, meandering past waving wildflowers and rushing mountain streams. It goes without saying that taking a camera along is a must!
Matterhorn Trail
There are mountains, and then there’s Matterhorn. Towering above the surrounding peaks, this gnarled hunk of rock is the stuff of Alpine legends. Carved wooden panels share local folklore along the the Matterhorn Trail between Schwarzsee and Zermatt, with the mountain’s spectacular north face looming overhead.
Gornergrat Railway
Built way back in 1898, the Gornergrat railway is still Europe’s highest open-air railway – and the only route up this almost 10,000-foot-high ridge. As the train chugs its way to the summit, you can admire dramatic backdrops of rocky ravines and snow-capped mountains before testing your ski skills on the trails of Rotenboden.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
No matter the season, you can put on your skis and experience epic views of three countries from this mountain-top station. Check out the jaw-dropping panoramas of France’s Mont Blanc, Italy’s Gran Paradiso, and Switzerland’s own Breithorn. Then glide down the Theodul glacier for downhill skiing at its very best.
Rothorn
This 10,000-foot-high mountaintop is your gateway to a fun-filled day of skiing. Hop on the early morning cable car from Zermatt to witness the first rays of sunlight hit the Rothorn’s peak. At the summit, you can zip around silky-smooth trails to your heart’s content – stopping for hot chocolate or some lunch at a charming chalet's cafe on the way.
Schwarzsee Cable Car Station
Your gateway to the Matterhorn. Before 1956, the only way to see Schwarzsee glacial lake was to trek 8,000 feet up the mountain. Thank goodness for cable cars! Jump on board one to view Schwarzsee’s placid waters up close and get fast access to great ski trails on one of Europe’s highest mountains.
Sunnegga
In winter, the Matterhorn’s snow-covered slopes are taken over by legions of skiers and snowboarders. Sunnegga caters to all levels – with the Findeln run and kid-focused Wolli Park being the most popular with novice skiers. If you're looking for a challenge, head down the Tuftern trail from Blauherd to Patrullarve.
Sunnegga Paradise
This year-round retreat is a one-stop shop for all kinds of activities. During summer, the shores of Lake Leisee draw excited packs of swimmers and sunbathers, and animal lovers head for the marmot-watching station on the Matterhorn mountainside. During winter, the snow-covered slopes are taken over by legions of skiers and snowboarders. Which side of Sunnegga sounds most like you?
Gornergrat Peak
It might look like a movie-villain’s secret hideout, but the Gornergrat observation station welcomes everyone. Visitors are transported through pitch-black tunnels and across rocky ravines on a thrilling train ride to the top. And that’s where the real drama unfolds – an awe-inspiring assembly of 29 mountains, each topping out at just over 13,000 feet. Amazing!
Rothorn Peak
An art installation at 10,000 feet? The Rothorn is full of surprises. If silky smooth pistes and picturesque hiking trails aren't enough, this mountaintop hosts a sculpture collection that tells the story of the Matterhorn from a geological and human perspective. To capture the heavenly peaks in all their glory, catch the first cable car from Zermatt before sunrise.
Zermatt Alpine Center
You’ll need all the help you can get when taking on the mighty Matterhorn. At Zermatt Alpine Center, you can hire an experienced mountain guide to help you navigate the Alps’ iciest extremities. If you’re not much of a climber, choose one of the shorter ascents up to Breithorn. Depending on the season, you can ski or hike your way back down.
Zermatt Alpin Center
In need of alpine advice? The Zermatt Alpin Center has you covered! This world-renowned mountaineering hub is staffed by local experts who’ve been guiding visitors for generations. Whether you want to snowshoe through silent, snowy trails or scale a peak and ski back down, the center’s professional know-how will help you plan the adventure of a lifetime!

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

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Zermatt is a beautiful city with many places to know Seeing Matterhorn It's an amazing and magnificent experience of life It's wonderful The city have a good atmosphere Nice city to visit
Adriano
Brazil
March 17, 2017
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Best time to visit Zermatt for skiing- March. Warm in the town, amazing snow condition up in the mountains.
Linas
Lithuania
March 15, 2017
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Great no cars....able to walk to bars/restaurants and also great choices, also not too noisy. Lifts easiy to get to.
Richard
Spain
March 14, 2017
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Amazing place, postcard pictures everywhere you look. Better than we could have ever imagined for a family ski holiday
Peter
United Arab Emirates
March 14, 2017
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Wish I had stayed a bit longer in Zermatt, didn't get to experience it as much as I might have wanted. Beautiful place!
Blake
United States of America
March 15, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Zermatt

ARCA Solebad Wellness & Spa

9.4 Wonderful

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Schlosshotel Life & Style Zermatt

9.2 Wonderful

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9 Wonderful

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Backstage Boutique SPA Hotel

9.1 Wonderful

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Hotel Couronne Superior

9 Wonderful

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Hotel Antika

8.7 Excellent

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Christiania Mountain & Spa

9.3 Wonderful

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Hotel Garni Testa Grigia

9.3 Wonderful

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Take good hiking shoes/boots with good grip on the soles - the slopes/hills are steep (and slippery when there's snow on them). Walking poles also helpful.

The lack of traffic making it virtually noise-free. Walking around without having to avoid other people rushing everywhere.

There's no piece of sport clothe or accessory you wouldn't be able to find in Zermatt - if you're willing to pay for it.

Take plenty of funds ! Very expensive to eat out and extremely expensive to visit Matterhorn Glacier for a family of 5

Reliable snow cover. Good variety of slopes. Fabulous views and if lucky with weather a real suntrap

very beautiful sights to go to if you know where to go.

take train to Gornergrat and walk down. great views!

Go in early to enjoy the alps at their best

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