On the trail of natural wonders in the Alps

_Themed hiking trails: learning, walking, marveling

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A special treat for nature lovers. For anyone who loves to explore the fascinating world of the high mountains on foot, the themed hiking trails in Zermatt are ideal. They offer a rare opportunity to see local residents such as marmots and chamois close up. It is unusual to find so many protected plant species in a single location. And nowhere else can you do this with a breath-taking view of the iconic Matterhorn, the world’s most-photographed mountain.

an overview of Zermatt's themed hiking trails

Natural wonders within touching distance. Mountain worlds to discover. And alpine landscapes to explore with all the senses. Take a close look around on the themed hiking trails around Zermatt and marvel at what you see. Hikers eager to learn, inquisitive families and visitors with enquiring minds have much to look forward to. Set out on your voyage of discovery in the Valais Alps.

Please note: Some of the themed trails are accessible all year round, some only in summer. furri-zermatt-

The Peak Collection

Multilingual outdoor exhibition at Peak Rothorn at 3,103 metres, with 18 sculptures on the theme of the Zermatt mountains and their stories – plus one of the most striking views of the Matterhorn. Tip for your holiday photo album: It’s worth stepping over to the nearby photopoint.

  • Length: 500 m
  • Duration: 30 min each way
  • Altitude difference: 19 m
  • Degree of difficulty: easy
  • Stopping places: Restaurant Rothorn
  • Best season: all year round
     
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Path to Freedom

This is the highest hiking trail in Europe at 3,415 metres. You can see 38 four-thousand-metre peaks in three countries. There are five points of interest along the way dealing with nature themes, ranging from the world of minerals to spiritual well-being. Did you know, for example, that there are seven cardinal directions?

  • Route: from Rothorn to Oberrothorn
  • Length: 2.9 km
  • Duration: 1 hr 25 min there, 1 hr 5 min back
  • Altitude difference: 415 m
  • Degree of difficulty: difficult
  • Stopping places: Restaurant Rothorn
  • Best season: June to September
     
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Marmot Trail

Marmot alert! The sunny Rothorn area is known as a magnet for marmots. Get to know more about these cute mountain creatures from close up at the five information boards with observation points. The person who spots the most marmots is the winner.

  • Route: from Blauherd to Sunnegga
  • Length: 3.8 km
  • Duration: 1 hr 10 min there, 1 hr 30 min back
  • Altitude difference: 304 m
  • Degree of difficulty: medium
  • Stopping places: Restaurant Sunnegga
  • Best season: June to September
     
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Flowertrail

There are rare plant species hidden amongst the green alpine pastures, brightly coloured dwarf heathers and barren gravel areas. Observant ramblers will be able to marvel at edelweiss, alpine roses and other precious treasures of the alpine flora. With any luck you’ll spot one of the seven species of plant endemic to Zermatt, i.e. found only in or near Zermatt.

  • Route: from Blauherd via Tuftern to Sunnegga.
  • Length: 4.6 km
  • Duration: 1 hr 20 min there, 1 hr 35 min back
  • Altitude difference: 363 m
  • Degree of difficulty: medium
  • Stopping places: Tuftern and Sunnegga restaurants
  • Best season: June to September

 

App tip for smartphones: download the Flower Walks app and become a botanical researcher in your own right, exploring Zermatt’s flora in the Matterhorn summer paradise. There are more than 800 plant species you can discover with the app in Switzerland.

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Panorama Trail

Did you know that mountains move and the Matterhorn was once part of the African continent? Learn about this and other geological wonders during a gentle hike towards the Matterhorn.

  • Route: from Blauherd to Tuftern
  • Length: 2 km
  • Duration: 50 min there, 30 min back
  • Altitude difference: 236 m
  • Degree of difficulty: medium
  • Stopping places: Restaurant Tuftern
  • Best season: mid-June to mid-September
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"Surviving in winter" hiking trail

Learn about the fascinating strategies for survival animals in the Alps adopt to get through the rigours of winter. On the sunny trail you will learn intriguing facts about the hibernation of marmots and other species If you keep your eyes open, you’ll spot chamois browsing on the steep slopes.

  • Route: from Blauherd via Stellisee to Fluhalp
  • Length: 2.2 km
  • Duration: 1 hr there and 1 hr back
  • Altitude difference: 88 m
  • Degree of difficulty: easy
  • Stopping places: Restaurant Fluhalp
  • Best season: all year round
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Matterhorn glacier trail

Very few people can say they have hiked along a glacier. If you follow this hiking trail, you will belong to the select few. There are 23 points of interest which describe the natural phenomenon of the glacier and explain the history of the Furg glacier. Watch out: magnificent Alpine scenery straight ahead.

  • Route: from Schwarzsee to Trockener Steg.
  • Length: 6.5 km
  • Duration: 2 hr there, 2 hr 15 min back
  • Altitude difference: 363 m
  • Degree of difficulty: difficult
  • Stopping places: Restaurant Trockener Steg and Restaurant Schwarzsee
  • Best season: June to September

 

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Larch Trail

The walk begins with a highlight: the idyllic Schwarzsee with its little chapel. And then another: the stretch through the wild and romantic larch forest to Furi. Along the way you will make the acquaintance of the spotted nutcracker and find out about its fascinating life.

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Matterhorn Trail

What tales the Matterhorn could tell. At each of ten information points you pass on the hike, you will learn another story about the world-famous peak, accompanied along the way by the wooden sculptures created by Marcel Eyer.

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Themed hiking trail out of Furi

“The Gorner Glacier through the ages” is the theme of this trail. You are literally walking along the tracks of the glacier, where you can discover the artefacts left by the Gorner Glacier as it receded: moraine deposits, smoothly polished rock surfaces with striations, and roche moutonées. Background information included.

  • Route: Circular route to Furi and back
  • Length: 7.4 km
  • Duration: 2 hr 45 min there and back
  • Altitude difference: 332 m
  • Degree of difficulty: medium
  • Stopping places: Restaurants on Furi
  • Best season: June to October
     
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Overview of all hike trails in Zermatt

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If you‘ve beeen seized by wanderlust, pack your hiking rucksack now. The Zermatt Bergbahnen AG team will be happy to advise you personally about suitable offers, etc.