The impressive mountain world surrounding Zermatt and the Matterhorn that awaits discovery is a real nature paradise for every hiker and mountaineer. With 38 four thousand-metre peaks in the immediate vicinity and a network of hiking trails extending over 400 km, Zermatt is the most famous mountain climbing village in the region and an ideal starting point for hiking holidays in Switzerland that are both amazing and rich in experience.
Unspoilt nature and idyllic valleys with fragrant forests and countless lakes await discovery. And there is always a view of the highest mountain giants of the Alps. During every hike in Zermatt, chamois, ibex, edelweiss, gentian and alpine rose can be seen.
Zermatt’s mountain world is as fascinating as it is varied. About 400 kilometres of marked hiking paths and mountain trails around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa offer varying degrees of difficulty, gradients and routes for all levels. There are both challenging hiking trails for experienced hikers as well as easy tours for beginners and families to choose from. Depending upon what one is looking for, hiking in the Alps around Zermatt can be an athletic challenge, an enjoyable family outing or a relaxing and pleasant walking tour.
The Täsch-Zermatt Railway Trail is easy to hike and especially well suited for families. The trail passes through forests and meadows over hill and dale. Besides the rail wagons of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, numerous and also rare Alpine flowers and even marmots, which live here, can be seen and enjoyed.
Somewhat more difficult but still suitable for a family excursion the Five Lakes Walk. This hike leads to and past the mountain lakes of Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leisee and is considered uniquely beautiful and especially varied. Each of the lakes is distinctive in its shape, colour and character. In three of these mountain waters, a mirrored image of the Matterhorn can be admired.
The hike from Schwarzsee to the Schönbiel Hut is particularly challenging. The trail to the hut traverses a very divers and varied mountain landscape. At the hut, the all-encompassing view of the north wall of the Matterhorn is overwhelming.