Adventures and relaxation at the Zermatt family paradise

Welcome to the Matterhorn summer paradise

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The Matterhorn summer paradise – an unmissable experience for young and old. Do your children love adventure, action and fun? And do you like the tranquillity of nature, a secluded spot with a view of the unspoiled Alpine scenery? Are you looking to share holiday experiences, top up your tan in the High Alps, and enjoy fine cuisine? The Matterhorn summer paradise is a guarantee of happy holidays for all the family – especially for our younger VIP visitors, who get to use the lifts free of charge up to the age of 9. Find out here what Zermatt has to offer for you and family!

ACTIVITIES GALORE AT A GLANCE

Zermatt, a wonder of nature
Adventures on two wheels
Breathtaking downhills on the glacier
Girl riding downhill on a mountaincart | © Leander Wenger
Action and fun
Treats for every taste
Stay safe in the mountains

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On the trail of the natural wonders of the Alps

Hiking in Zermatt

From idyllic meadows to daunting ridges

For many who live in the Alps or come to visit, hiking among the mountain peaks in Zermatt is the finest experience to be had in the summer. Some 400 kilometres of signposted hiking trails cross the Matterhorn summer paradise, ranging from pleasant family walks to heady trails high in the mountains, vertical climbs and dizzying Alpine paths.

Find your favourite trail
Matterhorn view from the green banks of the Stellisee | © Marco Schnyder

Five Lakes Walk

Five crystal clear lakes, five alpine idylls, three Matterhorn reflections, two refreshing swims and one unforgettable experience for the whole family. It’s all included in the hike along the 5-Seenweg from Blauherd to Sunnegga.

Discover Zermatt’s mountain lakes

Marmot Trail

Marmot alert! The sun-bathed Rothorn area is a favourite haunt of the alpine marmot. You can find out all about these cute mountain creatures on five information panels at selected observation points. Who can spot the most marmots?

Track down the marmots together

Furi suspension bridge path

The family-friendly hike along the Furi suspension bridge path is an experience packed with all kinds of adventures, big and small. From Zermatt you take the lift up to Furi (1867 metres above sea level) and then the path leads through the hamlet of Furi up to the larch trees, across a stream, through moorland and on to the big highlight of the hike: the suspension bridge.

Discover the suspension bridge adventure

All themed hiking trails at a glance

Discover Zermatt’s themed hiking trails

Family fun in Zermatt

The family resort of Zermatt–Matterhorn is nature's playground. A whole host of activities in and around the mountains make summer holidays here with kids of all ages an experience to remember. Come and discover adventures and fun in the fresh mountain air surrounded by nature’s most spectacular scenery. Learn more about family fun spots at the Matterhorn summer paradise.

Leisee: A family outing NOT TO BE MISSED

Families taking their summer holidays in Zermatt all agree on one thing: an outing to Leisee is a must. The pretty mountain lake on the Sunnegga sun terrace is a favourite spot for young and old, for a whole variety of reasons.

Many children love the lake because of Wolli, the Zermatt resort’s cuddly mascot. They might meet him with a little luck at Wolli’s Fun Park, one wish fulfilled among many others. At Wolli’s, the adventures seem never-ending, with play equipment, a cool stream with a water play area, barbecue and picnic areas, a play raft and a paddling area to cool off in.

Matterhorn glacier paradise

A family trip to the Matterhorn glacier paradise is an outing full of superlatives. The reasons are easy to see. Up there on the summit of the Klein Matterhorn you will have one “best-ever” experience after another. What is there to see and discover in the Matterhorn glacier paradise, up at 3883 metres above sea level? Watch the video to find out!

Glacier palace

The world’s highest glacier palace invites you to enter the realm of eternal ice. Fifteen metres underground, there is a fairy-tale world of glistening ice crystals, with an ice slide, a glacier crevasse you can walk through, and spots for taking cool photos. A place where children’s dreams come true and perfect for a family holiday.

Snow park Zermatt

The activity park in the glacier ski area is one of the highest in the Alps and one of the most popular – a real hotspot for freestylers. And for kids! Participants young and old can practise their first tricks on the imaginatively designed 300-metre course which features kickers, rails and obstacles of all sizes. 

ACTION AND FUN ON TWO OR THREE WHEELS

Funventure – that’s what we call all the super-exciting activities you can enjoy in the Alpine world of Zermatt, activities the whole family can enjoy. Kickbiking and mountain carting are two experiences you won’t forget in a hurry. The off-road two- and three-wheelers are fun for all the family. Find out more about kickbikes and mountain carts.

Girl riding downhill on a mountaincart | © Leander Wenger

Mountain carts

Are your kids self-confessed adrenaline junkies? Do they love the rush of the wind in their ears and enjoy trying new things? Mountain carting in Zermatt is going to be THE favourite activity of your summer holiday! Race down the mountain at full tilt, a 300-metre altitude drop along a trail packed with action and fun.

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Four friends with their kickbikes about to start the descent | © Leander Wenger

Kickbiking

Families that love action love kickbiking! The descent on off-road scooters is huge fun for thrill-seekers of all ages. The trail goes from Sunnegga to the idyllic hamlet of Tufteren, then through the cool Swiss pine and larch forest into the village of Zermatt. A real downhill adventure you’ll find it hard to get enough of.

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The highest and biggest glacier ski area

ZERMATT SUMMER SKI AREA

Summer, sun and skiing fun

You thought the mountains were taken over by hikers in the summer? Think again! In Europe’s highest and biggest glacier ski area you can ski to your heart’s content even in the summer season. That’s because while it’s sunny and warm in the valley and on the Alpine pastures, it still looks gloriously wintry on the Theodul Glacier. Perfect for honing the skills you acquired during the winter season and getting ready for the next one.

Discover our summer ski slopes

Where is the glacier ski area?

The summer ski area stretches from Trockener Steg at 2929 metres above sea level to Gobba di Rollin at 3899 metres. The 21 kilometres of pistes are perfectly maintained, with conditions so good that national teams and Alpine athletes from all over the world come to Zermatt for summer training. There’s every chance of snapping a family selfie with one of the top stars of winter sport!

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Mountain biking - BECAUSE ACTION IS A QUESTION OF DEFINITION

Summer is for hiking. No, summer is all about biking! From sunrise to sunset: higher uphill, steeper downhill, faster to the finish, nearer to the Matterhorn – passionate mountain bikers love to push themselves to the limit. The rugged, high-alpine world around Zermatt seems just made for challenges on two wheels.

Mountain biking in zermatt

Action on two wheels – it’s different for every rider. For some, it’s their first descent, for others it’s the trail through the high-alpine landscapes or the dizzying ride along a narrow ridge. All cyclists are welcome here in Zermatt so there’s a trail to suit everyone’s needs.

Enjoy the unique MTB descents

Zermatt Flow Trail

The Sunnegga trail in two words: flow and fun! Take the train to the starting point just below Sunnegga mountain station. Then it’s full speed ahead, all the way down the hill to the forest above Zermatt, where the trail comes to an end. Who’ll be first to reach the valley?

Find out more about the route

Excellent Alpine cuisine in the Matterhorn summer paradise

MOMENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO SAVOUR

Delicious treats for all the family

In the Matterhorn summer paradise, fabulous sun terraces invite you to relax and enjoy a drink or a meal as you take in the view of the Matterhorn. High-quality regional specialities are on offer to tempt you. The unspoiled surroundings of the restaurants mean there’s plenty of space for the kids to let off steam. There’s no question that moments of culinary quality are for the whole family to savour.  

The highest mountain restaurant in Europe

Even at 4000 metres of altitude there are culinary delights to enjoy. At our self-service Matterhorn glacier paradise restaurant we offer delicious cuisine with the added seasoning of a unique Alpine panorama. Choose from regional or international specialities guaranteed to delight guests young and old.

Visit the highest mountain restaurant

Arrival

MANY ROADS LEAD TO ZERMATT

The Alpine village of Zermatt, nestling at the foot of the Matterhorn, can be reached without difficulty by public transport, car or private jet. As Zermatt is a car-free zone, there are parking spaces in the neighbouring village of Täsch for visitors arriving by car. The nearest international airports are in Geneva and Zurich.

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STAY SAFE IN THE MOUNTAINS

COVID SAFETY MEASURES

To ensure that you and your family can set off on your summer holiday safely and without worrying, we have put protective measures in place in line with guidance from the Department of Health. 

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Protection concept

Safely into the mountains thanks to a detailed set of protective measures.