Zermatt in the summer
Zermatt is well known as a winter destination. It is also a fantastic summer playground, from mountaineers to gourmands there is something for everyone. Zermatt tourism proudly states that we see over 300 days of sun a year, this leads to long periods of great weather to get out and explore the mountains.
There are over 400km of hiking trails from the valley floor in the forest up to the alpine lakes and beyond to explore in the summer. The gorgeous lakes can make a great hiking and picnic destinations, and even provide somewhere beautiful to cool off if it’s a really hot summer day. Alternatively, you can wander your way to a perfect restaurant with a perfect view and enjoy lunch at one of the best mountain restaurants in the world.
Mountain biking in Zermatt can be a big undertaking, as a steep-sided valley, it makes for long ascents and technical descents. Until recently the mountain biking in Zermatt was aimed more at the very fit and adventurous, whether it is gruelling ascents or hair-raising descents Zermatt has a lot to offer the experienced mountain biker.
Nowadays, things are changing… lift access to all the mountains and trails everywhere make it a fantastic place to explore, even if you are not a mountain bike pro. You can get up into the mountains to take in the vistas and enjoy a number of varied trails down. Check out the tourist office bike page for up to date information.
Zermatt offers skiing 365 days a year, the summer skiing is at Klein Matterhorn. You’ll find 21km of pistes available, next to the pistes are the race lanes where you can see ski teams (including some of the best racers in the world) training. The summer park is one of the best in Europe with a multitude of rails, boxes and jumps… there’s music playing and a fantastic atmosphere if the park is your thing you won’t be disappointed!
Other summer highlights
There is no limit to the things you can do in the summer. Whether it is heading up Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn to take in the epic views, walking the Europaweg to the new hanging bridge above Randa or heading to Tasch for a round of golf. The tourist office website has information on everything. These are a couple of our favourite things to do in the summer here.
Forest Fun Park: High ropes course with 4 different levels for adults and 3 for kids. Check out the brown route for an epic zipline circuit!
Gorner gorge: Think via ferrata but descending through a steep-sided gorge. Abseiling, zip lines, rope swing and walkways. This is a great way to spend a couple of hours if you are after something different. You do need a mountain guide to take you though so contact the Alpine Centre.