Thanks to nearly 400 kilometres of marked trails snaking around the region, Zermatt has long been regarded as a hiking haven. There are routes to suit all abilities, from experienced trekkers to families with children to those simply wanting a quick stroll in the mountains. Families will love the famous Five Lakes walk, featuring views of beautiful mountain lakes that offer mirrored images of the Matterhorn reflected in the water. Those after a challenge should hike out to the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps, providing dramatic views from way up high. It’s most fun when tackled on a multi-day hike, allowing you to sleep in a mountain hut and experience an Alpine sunrise – the perfect way of finding some much-needed peace and relaxation.
Picture the quintessential Swiss mountain village in your head and hold that thought. There’s a good chance your dreamy image will look a lot like Zermatt, a gorgeous, traditional village blessed with the mighty Matterhorn and other epic mountain peaks as a truly epic backdrop.
One of Zermatt’s key strengths is in the sheer variety of what’s on offer, meaning that a holiday in the region – whether a short break or a longer trip – is also the perfect opportunity to try out some new things and find your ideal activity. This is never more true than in summer, when the landscape looks at its most radiant and the warmer weather opens up all kinds of possibilities. Whether you’re looking for an active outdoor trip full of hiking and biking, a summer ski jaunt, a gastronomic quest full of fine food and drink, a family-friendly adventure or a nature-packed pit-stop, a summer journey to Zermatt ticks all the boxes.
Below are some choice highlights to give both new and old visitors a fantastic itinerary. But remember that there’s also much more to see and do, which you can find out about by clicking here. So, now you’ve got to know the area a little better, take the next step and start booking your Zermatt adventure to ensure a sublime summer.