In the shadow of the Matterhorn Mountain lies Zermatt, a unique village located in a valley in the Swiss Alps. This is one of the ultimate skiing destinations that can lay claim to the highest and largest ski zone in the world. There’s lots of great things to do in Zermatt. The village itself has plenty of hotels, boutique shopping and a great après ski scene. Zermatt is a great vacation destination for ski enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike! Here are the top seven things to do in Zermatt!
Best Things To Do In Zermatt
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
You can ski year round at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Just under four thousand meters above sea level, this is the highest summit station in Europe and the views are spectacular. This is one of the best things to do in Zermatt. From the top you can take in the stunning views of the Swiss, French and Italian Alpine ranges and on a clear day, you can even see the Mediterranean Sea. All of this, and the skiing is pretty amazing too!
Zermatt Igloo Village
For a once in a lifetime experience, stay in Zermatt’s igloo village located 2,700 meters above sea level in Rotenboden. Enjoy the stunning scenery while relaxing on the sun terrace, enjoy a drink at the Igloo Bar, soak in an outdoor hot tub and sleep in an igloo. This is a great place to in Zermatt and enjoy drinks as well. This is the ultimate Alpine experience!
Zermatt’s main street, Bahnhofstrasse, is guaranteed to keep you entertained whether you go to Zermatt for the skiing or are visiting to enjoy the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps. This street is lined with boutique shopping, cares, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
St. Mauritius Church
Built in 1913, St Mauritius Church replaced a previous church that had stood in the same location since 1587. Construction of St Mauritius came to a halt during the First World War and the church wasn’t competed fully until 1932 with three new bells. This is a great thing to see in Zermatt. The church is used as a venue for classical music concerts during the annual Zermatt Festival in September, a must for lovers of classical music!
About a 20 minute walk from Zermatt is the awe inspiring natural formation, Gorner Gorge. Formed by the river Gornera, this gorge has been shaped and marked over thousands of years and now displays lots of unusual and bizarre formations, stunning waterfalls and dramatic cliffs. This is a fun thing to do in Zermatt. Walk along the wooden walkways through the cliffs to take in the majesty of this unique force of nature and cross the Hängebrückenweg bridge suspended meters above the Gornershclucht gorge for a truly breathtaking experience.
Take the world’s first electric cog train to the popular sightseeing spot, Gornergrat Bahn, with an altitude of over 3,000 meters and a 40 minute ride from Zermatt. The train journey traverses dramatic landscape, bridges and tunnels; enjoy the views of the forests and the alpine meadows, the deep gorges and high mountains. On the 5.8 mile train ride up to the top, you’ll stop at the luxury hotel Riffelalp, then Riffelberg and Rotenboden before you reach Gornergrat. This is a a must do in Zermatt. Here, along with breathtaking Alpine views, you’ll also see the Kulmhotel, the highest in the Swiss Alps.
St Peter’s (English Church)
Overlooking Zermatt village is St. Peter’s Church, also known as the “English Church”. This whitewashed, Anglican church is a place of worship for the English-speaking population of Zermatt to attend. Built by the Intercontinental Church Society, the church’s walls are lined with plaques that honor past mountaineers and graves of past mountain climbers are dotted around the church.