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.
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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