There are numerous Zermatt summer activities to enjoy during the summer and autumn months. In addition to the extensive walking, hiking, mountain biking and mountaineering possibilities, there are a number of less common Zermatt summer activities which we and our guests enjoy in Zermatt.
Zermatt summer activities and sport for most ages:
Skiing and Snowboarding – The summer and autumn skiing is extensive: 1 cable-car, 6 ski-lifts and 1 six-man chair cover 21km of pistes and 1,000 vertical metres of natural snow. There is also a superb fun-park with a half-pipe, numerous kickers, boxes and other jibs.
Mountain Lake Swimming – There are a dozen small lakes around Zermatt’s mountains. Best for swimming are the Leisee lake (next to Sunnegga) and the Grunsee lake.
Forest tree top fun park – There is an extensive fun park consisting of long fly wires and a series of tree top obstacles. Routes of varying levels of difficulty may be selected, starting with kids aged four and up, to experts, all with the safety of a harness and fixed line.
Beach volley ball – The tournament grade sand pitch is in the centre of the village
Downhill Trailscooter – Take one of these scooters with big soft tyres in the cable-car up to Schwarzsee and speed back down the mountain trails to the valley, as often as you can in one day. The ultimate challenge for thrill seekers.
Kick-Bike at Sunnegga – You can rent the popular kick-bike scooters, including helmet, at the Sunnegga valley station, and then speed down to Zermatt via Tuftern. A wayside halt at one of the attractive restaurants is almost compulsory. The kick-bikes can be returned at the bottom station after your adventurous downhill ride. You can also enjoy a break at Ried or Othmar’s Hütte with a refreshing (non-alcoholic) drink or ice cream before you continue your journey down. Prices from 18.- CHF per adult.
Mountaincarts from Blauherd – On three wheels down the mountain: This is the quickest tour on Mountain Carts from Blauherd to Sunnegga. This offer is definitely for anyone seeking a huge adventure.
Tandem paragliding – Tandem flights lasting between 10 and 45 minutes with a qualified pilot offer spectacular views and sensations. Any age from 3 to 96.
Fly Fishing for rainbow trout and arctic char – On a mountain lake under Blauherd, for a fee including permit, rental and casting lessons. By arrangement. The opportunity of fishing in the Alps is exceptional as it is very seldom permitted. In Zermatt you can learn or practise fly fishing (casting the line with a flick of the rod) for mountain trout in an Alpine lake.
Clay Pigeon Shooting – One of Zermatt`s newer sports, here teams and/or individuals compete by using a real shotgun that has been deactivated and adapted to shoot infrared rays at reusable clays. The clays are fitted with receptors and fired from high-quality traps. The guns contain a microchip, are connected to the scoreboard by radio signals, and small lights on the barrel indicate whether your shot has been successful. Three rounds consisting of different challenges last approximately 15 minutes each.
Snow-Tubing – Fun in the snow for big and small! The new snow-tubing piste at Klein Matterhorn offers fun for all the family! Grab your free snow-tube and off you go!
Waterski Lake Scalisee – The waterskiing lift (Rixen Little Bro 2.0) has a length of 109 m. Sustainability plays an important role in this project. The electric powered lift is quiet and environmentally friendly, and it will be completely dismantled in autumn. Water skis, wakeboards and swimming aids are available.
Tennis – There are numerous outdoor courts available throughout the village.
Sports mainly for adults
Golf – The adjacent village of Tasch has a beautiful Scottish designed nine-hole par 36 course, straddling the Vispa river. You can also take your skis and head toward Italy to play a round in Cervinia’s 18 hole par 69 Golf Club Cervino.
Zermatt summer activities mainly for kids:
Children’s Playgrounds – Three different playgrounds with swings, slides, etc. are dotted around the village while one is by the Leisee lake, at the top of the Sunnegga Express.
Football and mini-football – There is a 45 x 80m pitch available for rent, plus fenced-off mini pitches 24 x 15m suitable for various foot- and basket-ball games.
Sunrise Rothorn – Take the opportunity to see the colours of first light on the top of the Rothorn. The package includes the single or return ticket from Zermatt – Rothorn and a hearty alpine breakfast buffet in the cozy restaurant Rothorn.
Swimming and Wellness – There are a number of swimming pools open to the public, with outside sunbathing lawns. If you are not staying in one of our SPA chalets with jacuzzi and sauna, we will be happy to book a session suited to your needs in one of the large variety of Spas in Zermatt, which offer high level wellness and beauty treatments.
Glacier Palace – Located at 3,880 metres altitude by the Klein Matterhorn, go 15 metres under the ice to explore a glacier from the inside.
The Gornergorge Canyon Walk – Just 20 minutes from the village, experience the deep, thundering river gorge canyon without climbing skills. Secure wooden walkways and galleries take you through breathtaking scenery far above the raging waters. Duration 15 minutes.
Helicopter Sightseeing Flights – Experience an eagle eye’s view of the most famous 4,000 metre peaks surrounding Zermatt: the Matterhorn, Monte-Rosa and Weisshorn. Flights last 20 minutes in helicopters seating five.
Sleep over in a mountain hut – Spend a night on one of the 15 easily accessible mountain huts dotted around Zermatt’s mountains, ranging from the simple Alpinist’s hut to 5 star luxury hotel.
On the trail of the Alpine dairyman – Walk to the hamlet of Staffelalp, see and taste how mountain cheese is made in Zermatt’s highest dairy.
Matterhorn Museum – An interactive, themed museum which brings to life the culture and history of Zermatt. Among many fascinating objects, view the rope that broke when half of Whymper’s team plunged off the Matterhorn after their first ascent.
Guided village historical tour – Zermatt dates as far back as 1280. Book a tour with a guide who will explain and show you its rich history, including how the British led its discovery in the 19th century.
Botanical Trail – A half day hike up past Edelweiss to Trift, with notice boards explaining the Alpine flora in the vicinity. Also keep an eye out for the playful Marmottes and roaming Chamois.
Our dedicated year round team will be delighted to give you any further information that you may require on any of the above Zermatt summer activities. Our experienced bookings and concierge team are ready to help you with all the details needed and make your bookings for an unforgetable summer holiday in Zermatt.