- The Matterhorn!! Get a close up view of the most photographed mountain in the world at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
- Hike along the '5-Seenweg' trail and soak in the surrounding scenery.
- Visit the Mountaineers Cemetery for a sobering reminder of the climbers who have died on the Matterhorn or surrounding mountains.
- If more your style, hit the ski slopes (yes, you can still ski here in the middle of Summer!).
- Simply relax in one of the cool bars in Zermatt
Zermatt is another one of those places that is well known as a popular skiing destination in winter but is relatively unvisited in summer. As a summer destination, Zermatt offers a range of outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking, or you could simply spend a day exploring the streets of Zermatt - with the magnificent Matterhorn towering above in the background no matter what you do.
Zermatt is a carless town, so if you have a car we suggest booking accommodation in Täsch and leaving your car at the hotel. From Täsch, you can take the 12-minute shuttle train straight to the heart of Zermatt. Trains depart every 20 minutes so it's pretty convenient to do it this way and not too pricey from memory.
Zermatt in Summer - what to see and do
1. Take the cable car up to the Matterhorn lookout
From the main train station, follow the street south towards Schluhmatten and you'll find a cable car station that will take you to 'Matterhorn Glacier Paradise'. (Basically just walk towards the Matterhorn and this will lead you to where the cable car picks you up - or you can get a map from the Tourist Information centre which might be easier!) Glacier Paradise gives you incredible views of the Matterhorn and of Zermatt below. Be sure to bring some warm clothing as it is very, very cold up at this point (there is a reason that you can still ski here in the middle of summer). We also recommend doing this first thing in the morning when you have full view of the Matterhorn - we found that by lunchtime the Matterhorn would be partially covered by clouds. There is a cafe at the top as well as a cave full of ice sculptures.
2. Go hiking
Zermatt has many fantastic hikes around the area - you really are spoilt for choice! We only had time for one and wanted that one to give us amazing views of the Matterhorn. The 5-lakes walk (5-Seenweg) gave us exactly that (although we recommend starting this as early as you can in the day because we found that the Matterhorn was hidden behind clouds by midday). It was a beautiful hike and suits any fitness level.
Visit Zermatt's information site for more information regarding where the hike begins and ends: http://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Planning-hikes-tours/5-Seenweg
3. Explore the streets of Zermatt
Visit Tripadvisor and find somewhere awesome for lunch and then spend an afternoon strolling through the gorgeous (car-free!) streets of Zermatt. Such a pretty little town which is made even more amazing with the Matterhorn towering in the background.
Make sure you visit the Mountaineers cemetery located right by the St. Mauritius Church. You can walk amongst the tombstones and read about the climbers who have died on the Matterhorn or surrounding mountains - extremely interesting and sobering experience.
Where to stay?
We stayed in Täsch and took the express train into Zermatt each day. As we had a car, this was the easiest and cheapest option for us. You will find a range of accommodation options available here in Täsch that are both affordable and conveniently close to the train station.
Welcome Hotel Tasch
For us, we just wanted somewhere affordable, clean, comfortable and convenient (with parking!) given that we were going to spend most of our time in Zermatt. This hotel ticked all those boxes for us - it wasn't anything special, if anything rather basic, but it was the perfect base and met our needs.