Zermatt - Sightseeing and hiking

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The small lake Riffelsee with the Matterhorn in the background.

Attractions and hiking routes around Zermatt

Below are the attractions and hiking trails we suggest for Zermatt.

SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND ZERMATT

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Glacier Express

The world famous train offering a full day of magnificent views of the Swiss Alps.

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Gornergrat

Cogwheel train to the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip;
    natural site, mountain top, by train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Klein Matterhorn - Glacier Paradise

The highest cable car in the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the view of glaciers and peaks over 4000 m high.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

A beginner ski experience in Zermatt

Enjoy your first ski experience in one of the most beautiful winter sports resorts in Europe. The ski instructor provides you with skis, boots, poles, full ski clothing and a lift pass. This activity takes about 3.5 hours.

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  • Attraction type: sport, winter sports
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zermatt (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Privately guided tour of Zermatt with Gornergrat mountain train

Your private guide takes you for a walking tour across Zermatt. Next, you'll board the mountain train up to Gornergrat to have lunch and enjoy the Matterhorn view. Finally you'll get a tour in the local museum. The tour requires at least 2 people. Transportation is included, food and drinks aren't.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by train;
    city tour;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: private guide
  • Region: Zermatt (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Glacier Express tours 2 to 4 days

Choose from various independent tour packages to enjoy the Glacier Express. From 1 night to see the highlights, to 3 nights to see the whole route, including Zermatt and St. Moritz. You can add more nights to explore the towns (recommended). Also you can optionally add lunch on board.

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REGIONAL HIKING SUGGESTIONS

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Rotenboden - Riffelalp

Great high alpine hike with plenty of wonderful views of the Matterhorn and more.

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  • Hiking time: 1h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2209 - 2816 m
  • Distance: 5.1 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high alpine terrain, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Gebidum Pass

Hike up to the Gebidum Pass and enjoy the views across the canton of Valais.

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  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1962 - 2209 m
  • Distance: 4.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Giw - Gspon

Route around the tree line with views of the highest peaks in the Valais.

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  • Hiking time: 3h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1896 - 2210 m
  • Distance: 6.6 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Moosalp

Route on the high plateau of Moosalp, with wonderful views into the Matter valley.

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  • Hiking time: 1h15
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1993 - 2121 m
  • Distance: 5.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Riffelalp - Sunnegga

Trail through high mountainous terrain, forests and along some tiny lakes.

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  • Hiking time: 2h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2187 - 2349 m
  • Distance: 7.9 km
  • Terrain: along lake, rocky, meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Village walk Zermatt

Discover Zermatt during this one hour village walk.

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  • Hiking time: 1h00
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1612 - 1678 m
  • Distance: 3.5 km
  • Terrain: town
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Furi - Zermatt

Short walk through the forests near Zermatt.

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  • Hiking time: 1h15
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1612 - 1994 m
  • Distance: 4.2 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Grächen - Hohtschuggo - Grächen

Relaxed walk across the woods near Grächen.

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  • Hiking time: 2h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1605 - 1793 m
  • Distance: 7.3 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Hannigalp - Grächen

Simple trail across the forests and along the Suonen waterworks.

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  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1620 - 2125 m
  • Distance: 5.8 km
  • Terrain: forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)

Herbriggen - Täsch

Nice valley walk with impressive views up the high peaks.

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  • Hiking time: 2h30
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 1249 - 1444 m
  • Distance: 8.7 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, valley, forest
  • Region: Matter valley (Valais)
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