When someone mentions Zermatt Switzerland, the first thing to come to mind is probably the Matterhorn. Zermatt sits at the foot of the Matterhorn and is surrounded by the impressive peaks of the Swiss Alps. Zermatt ski resorts are famous throughout the world because they are situated at the foot of one of the most famous mountain peaks in the world. Skiing Zermatt is popular with winter sports enthusiasts around the world; however, the hotels in Zermatt stay busy throughout the year as tourists come to enjoy great skiing conditions in the winter and the warmer Zermatt weather conditions during the summer. Zermatt is still a small village with lovely cobbled streets and horse-drawn carriages – there are no cars allowed except a few electric cars. Therefore, many visitors come in the summer to enjoy a stroll along the cobbled streets, engaging with locals, enjoying the Zermatt entertainment and dining options. However, there is much more to do during the summer months in Zermatt than simply relaxing in the village while enjoying the peaceful, slower pace of this Swiss Alps village.
Summer skiing and snowboarding in Zermatt – Even though the weather in the valley may warm up nicely during the summer, visitors can still enjoy great summer skiing on Zermatt’s Theodul glacier. With almost 25km of pistes open during the summer months, Zermatt ski resorts provide access to the highest and largest summer skiing area in Europe. Lifts operate throughout the summer providing ample transportation to all skiing areas. Beginners to experienced skiers enjoy the breathtaking views and the excellent summer skiing conditions that Zermatt offers.
Zermatt hiking – Another summer activity in Zermatt is hiking. Well-marked trails lead hikers through beautiful mountain forests, beside crystal clear Alpine lakes and peaceful mountain rivers all within the view of the most beautiful glaciers and mountain peaks in Europe. There are over 400km of marked trails close to Zermatt. The mountain railway makes it easy for hikers to reach altitudes of 3,000 meter above sea level for breathtaking views and challenging climbs. Almost all of the area is in a nature reserve with some walking trails having themes to help hikers learn more about Zermatt and the surrounding area.
Paragliding – There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the mountains and valleys from the air. Fly free as a bird for up to 30 minutes to see Zermatt in a way that you cannot from the ground below. Contact one of the paragliding schools to find out how you can experience this thrilling Swiss Alps adventure during your Zermatt vacation.
Mountaineering and climbing – In addition to skiing, the Matterhorn is probably most famous for mountain climbing. Zermatt is surrounded by a circle of peaks that reach above 4,000 meters with the most famous being the Matterhorn. Climbers from all around the world travel to Zermatt each year to climb the Matterhorn and the other 38 4,000-meter peaks surrounding the area. Licensed mountain guides are available for those who want to learn more about the sport and possibly try a beginner climb for themselves.
Mountain biking – Another popular summer sport in Zermatt is mountain climbing. Several Zermatt hotels are bike-friendly and cater to mountain biking guests each summer. There is a wide variety of bike trails covering all levels of difficulty from beginner trails to experienced trails that reach up to an altitude of 2,500 meters or more.
Forest Fun Park – Adventure and fun wait for you at the Forest Fun Park in Zermatt. Everyone in the family can enjoy a day at the park swinging from tree to tree, climbing ladders and walking across suspended bridges. There are different levels of difficulty to accommodate all ages and levels of fitness.
Other summer sports – Many of the hotels in Zermatt have indoor swimming pools, spas and tennis courts for guests to use during their stay. You can also play a great round of golf, enjoy horseback riding, riding scooters or fly-fishing. There are so many things to do in Zermatt during the summer that you may even forget that the most well known sport is actually the skiing.