<<"Since we will be spending time; 5 days, in Zermatt also, does anyone
have similar intel and hiking recommendations and such for the area?">>
Here's a start:
There are various useful maps for all kinds of hikers in Switzerland.
The most comprehensive and detailed one is the map from the Federal Land Office- Swiss Topo:
map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=ech&lang=en&bgLa yer=ch.swisstopo.pixel karte-farbe&layers=ch.bav.ha ltestellen-oev,ch.swisstopo.swiss tlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visi bility=false,true&E=26 18566.15&N=1096943.25& zoom=4
That one has the hiking trails turned on, with the normal color conventions:
Switzerland Mobility has a lot of information, with many useful details along the named National Routes.
I find it somewhat difficult to use.
You can start here:
map.schweizmobil.ch/?lang=en&season=summer& bgLayer=pk&resolution= 650&E=2664733&N=119508 3&layers=Wanderland
Zoom in a bit on the map. The heavy green lines have detailed information available. Click on one...wait a moment or two for a window to open. It shows trail names. If it says "no information" you are not on one of the heavy green lines=named routes. Click on one of the names. A window opens on the left. read it, then click on "Directions."
The window(page, actually) that opens has lots of links,, including accommodation, altitude profile, etc.
Here is an example:
www.schweizmobil.ch/en /hiking-in-switzerland/routes/rou te/etappe-01663.html
You can also use the search function. For me, it works best by entering either a route name or a place name and then working back on the trails.
There are also maps and lists for National Routes, Regional Routes, Local Routes.......
A simpler, less detailed and somewhat less useful (no altitudes) map is helpful for overviews, searching by place name, restaurant name, etc., and shows rail lines very very clearly at zoom level 32.
Try the menus under Points of Interest, Traffic. You can turn on icons for stations. Mouse over an icon and get a simple near time timetable.
The SBB timetable is extremely useful:
Since this discussion is moving off topic (KIm's thread) it would be helpful if you would start a new thread of your own. Then, others can post about your itinerary, etc.