What is the best time to visit Zermatt?

ZermattThe easiest answer to this question is anytime that you want to go.  Zermatt is a lovely alpine town located in the Swiss Alps at the foot of the great Matterhorn and it does not have a “bad” season.  No matter when you visit this quaint alpine village with its cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages (it is a car-free town with only a few electric vehicles allowed), you will find something that interests you any time of the year. 

Most people think that winter sports are only popular during the winter months; however, avid skiers come to Zermatt during the summer to enjoy great summer skiing conditions in the higher elevations such as the glacier at Théodul Pass.  Likewise, some hiking trails are maintained throughout winter so that summer hikers can come to Zermatt during the colder winter months to hike as high as Sunnegga Paradise located at about 7,500 feet on the Matterhorn.  Even the trains and lifts continue to operate when other towns have closed theirs down for the season.  However, as with any European vacation destination, this Swiss Alps ski resort does have its own high and low seasons.  For travelers looking to save money and avoid some of the crowds, they should not plan a ski vacation during the winter high season or an authentic alpine village retreat during the high summer season.

For avid skiers and winter sports enthusiasts, the high season for winter and the ski slopes runs from right before Christmas through the week or two after New Year’s.  Zermatt hotels and accommodations charge higher rates during this time and reservations must be made months in advance to secure a hotel room during Zermatt’s peak ski season.  Zermatt crowds begin to fade right after Easter Sunday; however, the slopes are still open and this is a great time to visit Zermatt if you want the best value for your travel dollar.

July and August are the peak summer season months as travelers descend on Zermatt to enjoy the great weather, breathtaking alpine views and excellent summer sports.  However, May and June are a perfect time to visit because the alpine valleys are full of color as the wildflowers are in full bloom.  September is perfect for hiking with daytime temperatures reaching 60 degrees.  If you are looking for the best travel deals and as close to crowd-free as Zermatt becomes, shoot for May or October.

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