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 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat.


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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.


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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.