Things to do on holiday in Zermatt

Zermatt resort guide: inspiration for your summer and winter holidays in this top Swiss Alps resort.
Zermatt is a magical Alpine village perfectly situated at the foot of the world famous Matterhorn. As the most photographed mountain in the world, the Matterhorn and its distinctive shape are probably familiar to you.

However, if you want to see it up close and personal, Zermatt is the luxury Alpine destination of choice. With great skiing conditions on the slopes above, and a wide range of top quality luxury accommodation and restaurants in the town, there’s everything you need for the luxury ski holiday of a lifetime.

Our at-a-glance guide will give you all the best tips for accommodation, restaurants and much more.

Best places to sleep

Zermatt has been welcoming winter visitors since the 19th century, so there’s no shortage of excellent luxury accommodation at your disposal.

From grand 5-star hotels that evoke the glamour of yesteryear to cosy Alpine chalets, our quick guide will show you the finest luxury accommodation Zermatt has to offer.

Visit Website - Best hotel for skiing: FireflyVisit Website - Best hotel for classic luxury: Mont Cervin PalaceVisit Website - Best hotel for alpine ambiance: CervoVisit Website - More hotels in ZermattVisit Website - Best chalet for couples: Alpha Lodge Visit Website - Best chalet for alpine ambiance: Chalet PolluxVisit Website - Best five-star luxury chalet: Chalet Zermatt PeakVisit Website - More luxury chalet rentals in Zermatt

Best places to ski

With over 600km of slopes – including the Matterhorn slopes – in close range, Zermatt is one of the Alps finest ski destinations in winter.

Experts, beginners, those looking to go off-piste: the slopes here cater for literally every type of snowsports enthusiast imaginable.

With our quick guide, check out the slopes that best suit your level of experience and expectations, to ensure you make the most of your time on the slopes in this alpine wonderland.

Visit Website - Best for tricks and flips: Matterhorn Gravity ParkVisit Website - Best for experts: Stockhorn ski area Visit Website - Best for intermediates: Rothorn ski area Visit Website - Complete piste/ski area reviewVisit Website - Zermatt piste map

Best ski schools

Attracting thousands of visitors to its slopes, and with many more attractions besides, it’s not surprising that Zermatt has a wide range of ski schools.

Whether you’re taking your first tentative steps on skis or are more experienced and looking to push your limits, Zermatt has the ski school for you.

Below are our favourites, and a full listing on all Zermatt ski schools to ensure you have all the information at your fingertips to make a well informed choice of Zermatt ski school.

Visit Website - Best for private lessons: AER ZoneVisit Website - Best for small groups: Matterhorn Diamonds Visit Website - Best for snowboarders: Ski Schule Zermatt Visit Website - Best for beginners: Stoked Ski School Visit Website - Best for kids: Summit Ski School Visit Website - All Zermatt ski schools

Best places to eat

To feed thousands of hungry skiers is no mean feat, and Zermatt offers a wide range of cuisine and restaurants, all offering delicious dishes from the Alps and beyond.

Whether you’re after local cuisine served in a traditional alpine restaurant or fine world cuisine in a more rarefied atmosphere of luxury, Zermatt will have a restaurant that will exceed your expectations.

Visit Website - Best for fine world cuisine in a refined Alpine setting: Corbeau D’Or Visit Website - Best Michelin star dining in Zermatt: Ristorante Capri at The Mont Cervin Palace Visit Website - Best for local specialities on the slopes: Paradies Zermatt Visit Website - All Zermatt restaurants

Best mountain huts

With access to so many famous and picturesque mountains, it’s little wonder that more adventurous hikes are a popular winter and summer past time in the Zermatt region.

In order to provide comfortable and welcoming accommodation located way out of the comfort zone of the big hotels in Zermatt village, there is an extensive network of mountain huts.

Some of these are only open at certain times of the year, and all are popular, so be sure to plan your route and book ahead. Here are a couple of our favourites.

Visit Website - Best for untouched alpine paradiseVisit Website - Best for Matterhorn views: Cabane Bertol Visit Website - Best as a base for Matterhorn ascents: Berghaus MatterhornVisit Website - All mountain huts in the Zermatt region

Best places to shop

Zermatt has attracted the great and the good to its slopes for decades.

As a result, this classic Alpine village is full of amazing shops, selling everything from quaint local souvenirs to the latest male and female fashion.

When it’s gifts for loved ones or a treat for yourself you’re after, Zermatt will have what you’re looking for and so much more.

Visit Website - Best for outdoor gear: AlpakaVisit Website - Best for fine timepiecesVisit Website - Best for souvenirs: Antiquitäten Glacier Visit Website - All Zermatt shops

Best winter sports

The enduring appeal of Zermatt relies on many things: the skiing, the restaurants, the hotels.

However, what also sets it apart is the breadth of other winter sports available to those who want to leave the skis at home but take advantage of the stunning mountains nonetheless.

Both on and above the mountains, a whole range of winter sports are available. Below are our favourites, as well as a link to a full listing of all winter sports in Zermatt.

Visit Website - Best for ice climbing: Alpin Center Zermatt Visit Website - Best for heli-skiing: Snow Fever Visit Website - Best for tobogganing: Zermatt Tourist OfficeVisit Website - More winter activities in Zermatt

Best summer sports

When the mountainsides are denuded of their snow and the temperature rises, there’s no need for the activities to stop!

With hiking and biking trails galore, as well as watersports and rock climbing – to name just a few – Zermatt is almost as bustling and popular in summer as it is in winter.

If you fancy a luxury summer vacation in the Swiss Alps, Zermatt has more than enough to keep you active and exhilarated in the great outdoors.

Visit Website - Best for gorge climbing: Alpin Centre Zermatt Visit Website - Best for rock climbing: Zermatt Mountain Guide Visit Website - Best for mountain biking: Herbert Luethi Mountain Guide Visit Website - More summer activities in Zermatt
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