Zermatt, Switzerland — home to the iconic Matterhorn — is a famous tourist destination for a reason. With such a stunning background for skiing, paragliding, and even helicopter sightseeing, who wouldn’t want some time in this stunning mountain village!
10 Unbelievable Experiences in Zermatt, Switzerland
Paragliding with FLYZermatt
FLYZermatt is the biggest paragliding company in Zermatt, and the best for seeing views of the Matterhorn and the village from the sky. It is an absolute must-do activity when visiting Zermatt. The best part? Anyone from age 1 to 100 can do it!
Be sure to book 3-4 days in advance, and don’t bother looking at Google weather — it can change in an instant!
Visit Schwarzsee Lake
Take Schwarzsee gondola to Scwartzsee Lake for neat cultural and a fun day trip in one. The “black lake,” as Schwartzsee is know, is named for its dark reflection and is the final destination for climbers who have successfully reached Matterhorn’s peak. See the church that was allegedly built by two passersbyes once lost in the fog who pledged to build a chapel if they were saved!
Hike to Edelweiss Restaurant
Just a short 45-minute hike up from Zermatt is Edelweiss, a sweet little restaurant for lunch or an espresso. This is also the perfect place to stop in the morning if you plan to do a longer day hike farther up!
Helicopter Sightseeing Tour
Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? You can actually take a helicopter tour over Zermatt for a bird’s eye view of the Matterhorn and Swiss Alps! The pilot will give you a traditional “tour” experience, but the surroundings alone are worth it. This is definitely a bucket list-worthy adventure!
Take the Train to Gornergrat
Zermatt is a town of heights! Take Europe’s highest open-air rack railway, the Gornergrat, 3,089 meters to the continent’s highest hotel and stay the night; checking out the observatory at night is a must. Book a moonlight visit in winter, and even see an igloo village!
Take the Sunnegga Express
The Sunnegga Express — and underground railroad — will take you up to Sunnegga, a well-known ski area with plenty to offer visitors and tourists. In addition to prime mountain biking trails are summer and winter hiking trails, restaurants, and of course plenty of opportunities for great skiing.
Ride the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Take the highest cable car station in Europe to Glacier Paradise, Matterhorn’s “Ice Palace.” Enjoy a meal at the restaurant, relax in the cinema lounge, and take in a view so cool it’ll make your jaw drop.
Skiers come from all over the world year-round to ride the 25 km from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise to Zermatt, the longest descent on the entire continent of Europe. The killer view of the Swiss Alps is just a perk! Not a skier? Zermatt is the perfect place to fall in love with the sport, but you can also have plenty of fun snowshoeing and sledding.
Visit Gorner Gorge
Looking for a little adventure beneath the mountains? The beautiful blue waters of the Gorner Gorge can be trekked around on foot, and makes for an awesome day hike! Be sure to come prepared with 5 francs for the fee.
Visit Matterhorn Museum
Nobody comes to visit the Matterhorn without learning a little about its unique history! At the Matterhorn Museum, it’s really interesting to read the stories behind the town of Zermatt & the Matterhorn, including the first successful ascent and video footage of helicopter rescue crews.
My trip to Zermatt was in partnership with Visit Zermatt and Mont Cervin Palace. Ordinary Traveler maintains full editorial control of the content published on this site.