Hikes that leave you wanting more

Schwarzsee lake near Zermatt

metres above sea level
famous black lake
12 minutes
Zermatt - Schwarzsee
"Our Lady of the Snow" chapel

Schwarzsee lies within easy reach thanks to Zermatt Bergbahnen. A wide range of activities can be enjoyed there whatever the season, from breathtaking hikes to exciting mountain bike trails and high-speed ski runs. Marvel at the views of the imposing north face of the Matterhorn and the famous Hörnlihütte restaurant, then set off for the nearby lake. Depending on the light, its waters can appear almost black in colour, creating a mood of mysticism and mystery.

Mysticism on Schwarzsee

Schwarzsee draws you so close to the myth of the Matterhorn that the mountain's special magic almost becomes tangible. A walk around the lake will leave you wanting more, whatever the season. The mysterious atmosphere that surrounds this place gives the whole experience an additional emotional charge.

Time to be amazed

Rugged mountain landscapes, majestic peaks and a refreshing wind. Adventures await at Schwarzsee. A variety of routes suggest themselves – choose the path to the Hörnlihütte, follow the glacier or head towards Stafelalp meadow. For mountain bike enthusiasts there are exciting tracks and trails waiting to be discovered. And skiers and snowboarders will love the high-speed runs at the very foot of the Matterhorn.


Two guests enjoy the view of the Matterhorn while skiing.  | © Gabriel Perren


Skiing and snowboarding 365 days a year – it really is possible at the unique resort of Zermatt–Matterhorn. And thanks to the location on the border between Switzerland and Italy there's no lack of international flair.
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

Zermatt Letters

The majestic Matterhorn is seen from its most impressive angle at Schwarzsee lake. Great snaps are guaranteed from this spot with a direct view of the east face and the Hörnli ridge, the climbing route taken by large numbers of Alpinists every year.


Anyone in search of an adrenaline rush will enjoy a dirt scooter ride, racing along a track below the north face of the Matterhorn with the wind in your hair. It’s even better in the company of others. Sounds like fun.
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Mountain biking

Zermatt has over 100 km of trails at between 1400 and 3100 metres above sea level. There are easy, intermediate and difficult routes for all skill levels around the Matterhorn. And if you feel like taking it easy, you can relax on the sun terrace at one of the many mountain restaurants
Hiking with friends on the Schwarzsee with the Matterhorn in the background | © Gabriel Perren


Summer dreams are waiting to be discovered in the Matterhorn Summer Paradise, with walks alongside babbling mountain streams, through flower-filled meadows and dense forests, and by cooling mountain lakes, all against the astonishing Alpine backdrop.
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Our tip for the right ticket

A single ticket to Schwarzsee provides the opportunity to experience the imposing Matterhorn at close range. This place is a starting point for some of the most remarkable hiking routes in the region.

For further exciting experiences, the Peak Pass is available, opening the door to a whole host of different activities. The Peak Pass offers unlimited travel on the sections between Zermatt - Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt - Rothorn, Zermatt - Gornergrat and Furi - Riffelberg (as timetabled). It enables you to explore the full extent of the stunning Alpine landscape.