Winter’s out, summer’s coming, so what’s there to do in Switzerland? Most people consider Switzerland a country for skiing in the winter, but there’s a lot of fun activities to do in the summer.
Summer Activities in Zermatt
Sports for most ages:
Skiing and Snowboarding – The summer skiing is extensive: 1 cable-car, 6 ski-lifts and 1 six-man chair cover 21km of pistes and 1,000 vertical metres of natural snow. There is also a superb fun-park with a half-pipe, numerous kickers, boxes and other jibs.
Hiking – There are 400 km of walking and hiking trails around Zermatt, taking from 30 minutes to one or more days, going from gentle larch forests to the foot of millennial glaciers.
Mountain Lake Swimming – There are a dozen small lakes around Zermatt’s mountains. Best for swimming are the Leisee lake (next to Sunnegga) and the Grunsee lake.
Tree top fun park – There is an extensive fun park consisting of long fly wires and a series of tree top obstacles. Routes of varying levels of difficulty may be selected, starting with kids aged four and up, to experts, all with the safety of a harness and fixed line.
Beach volley ball – The tournament grade sand pitch is in the centre of the village.
Fixed Rope Climbing Routes – On the cliffs above the train station there are three fixed rope routes of varying difficulty, from SK2 (suitable for children from 10 years old, duration 1 hours) to SK4 (medium difficulty, duration 5 hours). You’ll need a harness and dual carabiner set both of which can be rented. If this is your first time, we recommend hiring a guide.
Mountain biking Whether you take a cable car up and ride down, or do the full work-out by cycling up to 3,100 metres, Zermatt’s mountain biking possibilities are vast. Many sport shops rent bikes.
Downhill Trailscooter – Take one of these scooters with big soft tyres in the cable-car up to Schwarzsee and speed back down the mountain trails to the valley, as often as you can in one day. The ultimate challenge for thrill seekers.
Tandem paragliding – Tandem flights lasting between 10 and 45 minutes with a qualified pilot offer spectacular views and sensations. Any age from 3 to 96.
Fishing – The opportunity of fishing in the Alps is exceptional as it is very seldom permitted. In Zermatt you can learn or practise fly fishing (casting the line with a flick of the rod) for mountain trout in an Alpine lake.
Tennis – There are numerous outdoor courts available throughout the village.
Activities mainly for kids:
Trampoline – 4 trampolines with harnesses and bungees enable you to jump 8 metres high and do flips in complete safety. Great fun for kids.
Fun Ball Shoot – A family game for up to four: shoot at each other with harmless soft balls.
Football and mini-football – There is a 45 x 80m pitch available for rent, plus fenced-off mini pitches 24 x 15m suitable for various foot- and basket-ball games.
Children’s Playgrounds – Three different playgrounds with swings, slides, etc. are dotted around the village while one is by the Leisee lake, at the top of the Sunnegga Express.
Sports mainly for adults
Golf – The adjacent village of Tasch has a beautiful Scottish designed nine-hole par 36 course, straddling the Vispa river. You can also take your skis and head toward Italy to play a round in Cervinia’s 18 hole par 69 Golf Club Cervino.
Gorge Adventure Via Ferrata – Set half-way up along the vertical walls of a deep river gorge, this dynamic fixed rope route leads you across the polished rock with the use of steel safety cables. The highlights are 3 abseils, 3 zipwires, a pendulum swing and a Himalayan bridge. Only with a guide.
Ascent of the Breithorn – Climb your first 4,000 metre peak in just 3-4hours, with a guide, the start is from the top of the Klein Matterhorn cable-car. Suitable for experienced hikers who have never done a glacier ascent before.
Ascent of the Matterhorn – One of the most difficult classic climbs in the Alps. You need to be mountain fit and experienced in rock climbing (level 4), both with and without crampons.
Swimming and Wellness – There are a number of swimming pools open to the public, with outside sunbathing lawns. If you are not staying in one of our SPA chalets with jacuzzi and sauna, then Zermatt has a variety of hotels that offer high level wellness and beauty treatments. We will be happy to book a session suited to your needs.
Glacier Palace – Located at 3,880 metres altitude by the Klein Matterhorn, go 15 metres under the ice to explore a glacier from the inside.
The Gornergorge Canyon Walk – Just 20 minutes from the village, experience the deep, thundering river gorge canyon without climbing skills. Secure wooden walkways and galleries take you through breathtaking scenery far above the raging waters. Duration 15 minutes.
Helicopter Sightseeing Flights – Experience an eagle eye’s view of the most famous 4,000 metre peaks surrounding Zermatt: the Matterhorn, Monte-Rosa and Weisshorn. Flights last 20 minutes in helicopters seating five.
Sleep over in a mountain hut – Spend a night on one of the 15 easily accessible mountain huts and hotels dotted around Zermatt’s mountains, ranging from the simple Alpinist’s hut to 5 star luxury.
100 restaurants – In addition to local restaurants offering traditional Swiss fare such as fondue, there is a large choice of French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, and fusion restaurants.
Wine Tasting – Ask Mountain Exposure’s wine buyer to explain and recommend a personalised selection among the large number of Swiss wines.
Cinema – The Vernissage is a unique place; not only a cinema but also a bar, venue and art gallery, designed by local star architect Heinz Julen. Most films are shown in English with German sub-titles. The programme changes daily.
Shopping – From designer lamps created by local star Heinz Julen to Alpine antiques, from exclusive watch stores to designer outlets, Zermatt has a shop for everyone.
Clubbing – Grampi’s, Schneewitchen, T-Bar, Broken Bar, The clubs are open until 03:30 in the morning. . . See our “night-life” page for more details.
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