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Things to do in Zermatt

Five Lakes Walk
What’s better than a beautiful alpine lake? Try five of them! Winding its way round the shores of Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leisee with the Matterhorn towering overhead, this 3-hour hike is endlessly scenic. In warmer weather, you can even bring a swimsuit and take 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, keeping a lookout for cute, cuddly creatures at every turn. If you’re lucky, you may even spot 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 vistas. This manageable route runs from Blauherd to Ritzengrat through lush Alpine pastures populated by chamois and marmots, winding past waving wildflowers and rushing mountain streams. It goes without saying that a camera is a must!
Matterhorn Trail
There are mountains and then there’s the Matterhorn. Towering above the surrounding peaks, this gnarled hunk of rock is the stuff of Alpine legend. Carved wooden panels share local folklore along the the Matterhorn Trail between Schwarzsee and Zermatt, while the mountain’s spectacular north face looms 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 3,000-metre high ridge. As the train gradually chugs its way to the summit, you can admire dramatic backdrops of rocky ravines and imperious snow-capped mountains before testing your ski skills on the pistes of Rotenboden.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
No matter the season, you can don 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 a taste of downhill skiing at its very best.
Rothorn
This 3,000-metre 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 pistes to your heart’s content, stopping off for hot chocolate or some lunch at a charming chalet café along the way.
Schwarzsee Cable Car Station
Your gateway to the Matterhorn. Prior to 1956, the only way to lay eyes on Schwarzsee glacial lake was to trek 2,500 metres up the mountain. Thank goodness for cable cars! Jump aboard one to view Schwarzsee’s placid waters up close and get quick 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 for all levels, with the Findeln run and kiddie-focused Wolli Park the most popular among novice skiers. If you fancy a challenge, swish your way down the Tuftern trail from Blauherd to Patrullarve.
Sunnegga Paradise
This year-round retreat is a one-stop shop for all sorts of activities. During summer, the shore of Lake Leisee draws gaggles of swimmers and sunbathers, while squirrel-spotters head for the marmot-watching station on the Matterhorn mountainside. In 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 all comers. Visitors are transported through pitch-black tunnels and across rocky ravines on a thrilling railway ride to the top. And that’s where the real drama unfolds – an awe-inspiring assembly of 29 mountains, each topping out at 4,000 metres. Just wow!
Rothorn Peak
An art installation at 3,000 metres? The Rothorn is full of surprises. Not content with offering silky smooth pistes and picturesque hiking trails, 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 Alpin Centre
You’ll need all the help you can get when taking on the mighty Matterhorn. At Zermatt Alpine Centre, 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 Alpine Center
While many well-signposted walks wind through the mountains, sometimes nothing beats the help of an expert guide. Zermatt Alpin Center offers a range of single and multi-day tours that are tailored to the season, and will take you exploring all over the surrounding terrain. All you need to do is choose the skill level you need, and decide the route you’d like to take.
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 centre’s professional know-how will help you plan the adventure of a lifetime.

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Traveller's reviews and photos

Louise
10
Exceptional
Fantastic location for skiing, we were a range of levels & it suited us all. Train service was reliable. It is a very expensive area but worth stretching the budget!
Louise
United Kingdom
17 April 2018
ann
10
Exceptional
Even if you do not Ski you still should go it has something for all the view of the Matterhorn the journey by train half way up to the Matterhorn. The local Fondue the pastries and not forgetting Chocolate
ann
United Kingdom
25 April 2018
Supertramp
10
Exceptional
Beautiful town. Cool ski resort. View from Rothorn was amazing. Wollipark best place for beginner skiers. Food is extremely expensive.
Supertramp
Ireland
18 April 2018
Judy
10
Exceptional
Zermatt is a picturesque location in the middle of Swiss snowfields. There are a large number of accommodation options. I would choose The same hotel again.
Judy
Australia
20 April 2018
Suzanne
10
Exceptional
ZERMATT UNPLUGGED MUSIC FEST AND THE SKI RESORT ARE WORLDCLASS. BY FAR MY FAVORITE SKI RESORT ON THE PLANET
Suzanne
Switzerland
19 April 2018

Accommodation and hotels in Zermatt

Wellness Hotel Alpenhof

9.2 Superb

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£120

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Schlosshotel Life & Style Zermatt

9.3 Superb

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£89

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Christiania Mountain & Spa

9.3 Superb

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£106

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Backstage Boutique SPA Hotel

9 Superb

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£130

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ARCA Solebad Wellness & Spa

9.4 Superb

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£120

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Hotel Couronne Superior

9.1 Superb

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£134

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Hotel Bristol

8.8 Fabulous

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£69

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Romantik Hotel Julen Superior

9.3 Superb

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£120

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Unique Hotel Post

9.3 Superb

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£126

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Recommendations for Zermatt

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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