Europe,  Travel,  Wellness

Zermatt, Switzerland

Hiking in Switzerland had been high on my bucket list. There are so many beautiful places to hike in Switzerland, so I wasn’t sure where to go first. I decided on Zermatt because I had read the most about Zermatt and Matterhorn. Ideally, I wanted to try to summit Matterhorn, but it’s quite technical so another time!

High season for hiking in Zermatt in mid to late June through the middle of September. I was hoping it would be cheaper since it was technically out of season, but it was still pretty pricey. I flew into Zurich and took the train to Zermatt, but you can also fly into Geneva and do the same. The train ticket was as much as my flight, but taking the train is super easy and you can’t drive in Zermatt so it’s definitely the way to get there.

I took an early flight out of London and got to my hotel by 1pm, so I had the whole afternoon to explore. Because it wasn’t technically summer season yet, many of the lifts and hiking trails weren’t open, but there was still plenty to explore. The first day I did the Five Lakes Walk (5-Seenweg). Typically you can take the lift up to the starting point, but since the lift was closed, I hiked up there. It took me about an hour and a half to get up there and then another two and a half hours of hiking around. This day had the best views of Matterhorn. I think it was a close to 2,300m high, so it gives you the most incredible views of the peak.

The second day I did more hiking around Riffelberg and Furgg. I couldn’t get quite as high up on these two trails because it was still quite snowy and wet, but there are so many trails that will take you around the mountains for miles. This day I felt like I covered the most ground in seeing the different trails and exploring the mountains. There are all of these hidden treasures on the trail. I found this incredible suspension bridge and a stunning gorge walk. I hadn’t heard of Gorner Gorge, but I happened to stumble upon it as I was walking down the trail. It was such a pleasant surprise and a gorgeous walk along the water.

Hiking Zermatt Matterhorn

The last day was rainy, but I wanted to get out a bit. I hiked around Tufteren, which was mostly forest and completely beautiful even with the rain. Even with only two and a half days, I got to explore so many different areas within the Zermatt mountains.

Zermatt town is incredibly expensive (food, lodging, drinks), and there are tons of places to stay, many of them quite expensive. I stayed at the Hotel Continental and was pleasantly surprised. It looked decent enough online, but it was actually better in person than online. My room was clean and spacious, and the staff could not have been nicer. The woman at the front desk, Jasmine, was incredibly sweet, and she helped me plan my hikes each day. The hotel was also a three minute was from the train station and located bin the center of town, so it couldn’t have been more perfect for my trip.

I had a really wonderful experience hiking in Zermatt. It was easy enough to get there, and totally manageable hiking if you don’t want to do too much pre-trip planning and research.

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  • Anne Slater-Brooks

    I went skiing in Zermatt many moons ago. I won a sales competition at work and had no idea how lucky I was to be fully comped in an incredible hotel. I went back to switzerland a few years ago and was horrified at the prices. I still want to go back to Zermatt though and even went skiing in Cervinia at christmas with a view to taking the gondola over but it did not happen. Glad you enjoyed the views.

  • Lee @ BaldThoughts

    When I think of Switzerland, I normally think of the food, drink, and skiing in the Alps. I always forget that those mountains are there in the summertime as well for hiking. What a fun weekend to visit, grab some fresh air, and take in some beautiful scenery.

  • Iulia

    This looks amazing! I am not a hiking expert, but I would love to hike around this area, especially for the hidden gems that you might find along the way. that suspension bridge sounds really great! And I would absolutely love to take some photos of that famous Swiss scenery 🙂 I am glad that you enjoyed yourself!

  • Lisa

    I’ve seen some lovely photos of Zermatt and it must be so pretty at this time of year. Switzerland is crazy expensive in general, so I’m not too surprised to read about your experience. The hike sounds lovely, and the views of the Matterhorn must be spectacular from above!

  • Aisha

    This article gives me a very different take on Switzerland as a destination 🙂 I never considered it for hiking but you’ve certainly painted an appealing picture of it as an outdoor destination. The scenery really is quite breathtaking!

  • Pooja

    Switzerland for me is always the snow and the skiing. Never got to know this side of the Alps. The pictures look amazing. You must have had a great time hiking in the Zermatt.

  • Ha

    I love hiking in Switzerland too! Zermatt looks beautiful with the gorgeous walk along the water. I was in Switzerland last year and quite shock with the price. Everything was so expensive, especially the accommodation. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • Nisha

    We had been to Zermatt several years back. The visuals of the town and matterhorn is still fresh in my memory. I so miss Swiss alps. Most ski towns in Switzerland are expensive 🙁 .

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