Hike in & out

Summer’s days in the mountains

There are plenty of ways of expending energy in the fresh, clean Zermatt mountain air: hiking (400 km of paths), climbing and mountaineering (easy via ferrata and 38 four-thousanders), mountain biking (100 km of trails), skiing (Europe’s highest all-year-round skiing region) or playing golf (9-hole course) – but there is also the option of doing nothing, and simply enjoying summer in the Zermatt mountains from the terrace at the Hotel Riffelhaus.



From a village walk to a hike to the summit

There are over 100 options for where to head with your walking boots or a mountain bike in and around Zermatt. Here are a couple of examples. 1. The Dorfwaldweg (Village Forest Path) offers new arrivals a perfect opportunity to get acclimatised, and is also ideal for walks with children. 2. The Breithorn (4164 m), with its many summits, is a strong, glaciered mountain crest. The normal climb is considered as one of the easiest routes for climbing a four-thousand metre mountain.



Climbers and mountain-lovers

On 14 July 1865, climbers stood on the summit of the Matterhorn for the first time in history. Known as the Horu by locals, the mountain may be world-famous today, but for a long time, it was regarded as unscalable. Yet since that historic day in 1865, the Matterhorn has become a dream destination for outdoor pursuits, and even for people who enjoy admiring mountains rather than climbing them, this unmistakable peak is a true icon of the Zermatt panorama. One look at the Matterhorn and you’re hooked – you just know you’re going to have to come back. In fact, we believe you should visit at least once a year to marvel at the mountain up close and in person.



Dream of winter in high summer

The Zermatt skiing area is Europe’s highest skiing region, with more than 360 kilometres of stunning pistes in both Switzerland and Italy. Lifts go up as far as the Klein Matterhorn, at 3,883 metres above sea level. Lovers of the snow can enjoy the area even without skis, as this sun-drenched mountain region offers plenty of magnificent views and even more mountain restaurants with glorious sun terraces.