Between alpine idyll and high mountains in the Matterhorn summer paradise
Where better to unwind than on the mountain tops?
400 km of marked hiking trails invite hiking enthusiasts to summertime Zermatt - for leisurely family hikes or daring high-mountain tours. Those who prefer to be on two wheels will find 100 km of trails for every taste: from gentle bike tours to challenging bike challenges.
A constant companion is the Matterhorn - the myth of numerous legends and the most photographed mountain in the world.
At these heights, nature is always good for a surprise: be it a rare protected flower or a shy marmot, a crystal-clear mountain lake or a rustic hut. All these special features of nature can be discovered and explored on the many themed hiking trails: Natural wonders you can touch, mountain worlds you can experience with all your senses.
Hike, pause, take a breath.
Kilometres of hiking trails lead through untouched nature, past places steeped in legend and idyllic mountain lakes. Those who wish to take a break from everyday life can pause at one of the five mountain lakes and take a deep breath of the clear mountain air, enjoy the view or simply the moment.
At the Stellisee, the Grindjisee and the Moosjisee you can take a break after a long hike and enjoy the impressive panorama - swimming is only allowed in the Leinsee and the Grünsee: Nothing refreshes you more on a hot day in the mountain summer than a jump into the cool, turquoise-blue water.
The Matterhorn Glacier Trail shows the phenomena of glacier retreat, reveals the effects on flora and fauna and surprises with gentle winds that smell of ice, snow, stone and water.
The marmot trail is ideal for families: here you can see the diurnal marmots up close from marmot observation posts.
Note: Some of the themed trails are accessible all year round, others only in summer.
Summer is only for hiking? Not at all! From early in the morning until sunset, the rugged, high-alpine mountain scenery around Zermatt invites you to discover your own limits and always experience new challenges on two wheels. More than 100 kilometres of trails offer routes for every level - winding single trails, fast freeride tracks, challenging climbs and descents that make every biker's heart beat faster.
Those who prefer to take it easy can get on an e-bike, and those who are looking for a special adrenaline kick will find it in helibiking.
Going uphill is not your thing, you prefer to save your energy for the downhill?
The Zermatt mountain railways take you comfortably to the start of the planned trail, without any effort, but against a breathtaking mountain backdrop.
With the Bikepass Zermatt, biking enthusiasts also have unlimited access to Sunnegga/Rothorn, Gornergrat and Schwarzsee for up to a week.
If you get up early, you can ski on the Theodul glacier even in summer. You can ski, snowboard and freestyle on 21 kilometres of slopes until noon. The summer skiing area, which is guaranteed snow all year round, is located at 3,883 m and impresses with perfectly groomed pistes and rapid descents. More than 100 ski teams from 22 nations train their skills here - so it easily can happen that you share a gondola with a ski star.