Zermatt is a famous mountain resort town in Switzerland, recognized for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing and Alpine adventures. The elevation of Zermatt is 1,620 meters above sea level as it lies at the foot of the renowned, snowcapped Matterhorn summit. The main street of Zermatt, Switzerland, hosts elegant boutiques, lodging starting from lavish hotels to moderate chalets, in combination with a lively ski setting. In short, Zermatt is one of the best spots for a skiing holiday in Switzerland with breathtaking landscape, contemporary ski lifts and all other facilities you might need. Here are our top things to do in Zermatt
1. The Matterhorn
The Matterhorn and Switzerland are undoubtedly attributed to each other. It is a triangle shaped giant figure of a mountain, which is extremely hard to climb. It is also believed to be the most photographed peak worldwide. You can reach the Klein-Matterhorn, meaning ‘Matterhorn Paradise’ that lies adjacent to the Matterhorn, through the funicular and have amazing views of the peak. You can board the aerial cable-car in Zermatt that will take you to the Zermatt mountain station at 3820 meters above sea level, which makes it the highest cable-car facility of the Alps.
Either you go for a 5 hour hike or a forty five minute open air cogwheel rail trip, you certainly should see Gornergrat once you are in Zermatt. Not just the views are stunning throughout the ride up the 3090 meter mountain; the picturesque sights from the peak is also exceptional. Zermatt Gornergrat is enclosed by twenty-nine summits and provides a beautiful viewpoint of the Matterhorn on a clear day. Formerly the location for the popular Kolner Observatory, Gornergrat furthermore has an excellent viewing base which can be reached all-round the year. Immerse yourself on the breathtaking Monte Rosa Massif with the Dufourspitze towering close by. Gornergrat even gives a perfect sight of the Gornergletscher , the 2nd largest glacier in the Alps. Skiers hunting an adventurous holiday will certainly not be disappointed by the vista of snow-covered landscapes set for them by nature.
The Breithorn is a popular mountain peak in Zermatt and you can climb to its summit in merely a couple of hours. You might require a rope and a local guide to accompany you, when coming to the Breithorn. More experienced hikers can conveniently climb Matterhorn and perhaps spend overnight at the peak. You should be physically fit to climb Breithorn as its an experience that you will certainly not want to miss. You will find various companies expert in Alps that will assist you arrange such climbing tours.
Schwarzsee is a mountain ridge higher than Zermatt in the canton of Valais. It is present northern part of the Matterhorn at the elevation of 2,583 meter above sea level. During the daylight Schwarzsee is a breathtaking landscape, but it incredibly gets extraordinary at evening time. Because of its hilly area, and shortage of a close by metropolis, Schwarzsee boasts the amazing crystal clear, star-studded skies which you will not find anywhere else in Europe – an incredibly breathtaking landscape which is definitely not to be missed!
5. Sunnegga Paradise Ski Area
It is a family getaway spot that can be reached by funicular ride all-round the year. Located in the midst of mountains, its sights of the Matterhorn are spectacular, and can be ideally appreciated at the sunny rooftop of the self-serve restaurant. during the summer, Leisee Lake lures families with its barbeque pits, playgrounds for kids and alpine swimming. You will also find a marmot viewing facility, with a themed trail. On the other hand, during winter skiing and snowboarding are the order of the day.
6. Matterhorn Museum
The Zermatt Matterhorn Museum is in fact a lot more than just a museum, since its not merely a small display set up in a small building. Rather, the Matterhorn Museum is composed of a small town, with fourteen distinctive buildings, each with something to educate its visitors. The buildings consist of a church, and a variety of granaries and huts, a hotel. In short, the village is created to resemble an old mountain village. But the completely distinctive thing regarding the Matterhorn Zermatt Museum is that it lies totally underground, because of the short of space in the actual village. This Museum is a must-visit when you are in Zermatt.
7. Skydive from Matterhorn
Only once to fly like a bird in the air around spectacular landscape, this is what pretty much everybody wishes to do. You can fulfill your wish with a jump out of a helicopter with a free-fall past the Matterhorn to give you an adrenaline rush. For your safety, this flight is not performed alone but instead in tandem with an experienced skydiver.
8. Mountain Biking
Although Zermatt is not very well-known for mountain biking however it provides six bike tracks of more than 100 km designed for newbies to experts. Bikes can be rented by the local stores (like Zermatt bike center) and almost all the ski lifts facilitates tourists to bring the bikes. Guided mountain bike tours are furthermore offered in Zermatt. Cycling lovers will undoubtedly love Rothorn area which has bike tracks for every kind of cyclist.
9. Hiking in the Alps
Zermatt resort town provides many options for hiking. There are around 400 km properly marked tracks that will bring you along pine-scented mountain woods, to the shores of tranquil Alpine waters and towards the ice blue glaciers. The mountain cable rides make it painless to get to the Zaermatt’s high altitude rambling places. You will find numerous hill cabins as well as restaurants set to give you a warm welcome and a relaxing time.
10. Skiing & Snowboarding
Zermatt Ski resort smashes every records: snow certainty, highest ski resort in Europe, skiing in two countries at a time, 365 days a year. You will love skiing on 360 km of pistes in Switzerland and next door Italy. The ski cable lifts take you to the highest heights. Up to the Klein Matterhorn at 3,883 m, where you can look the 4000 meter alps and the Matterhorn right in front of you. Pistes are carefully groomed for every skill level. You can buy the Zermatt Ski pass easily to enjoy the sport. So don’t forget to put Ski Zermatt in your list of things to do!