8 of the Best Non-Ski Activities in Zermatt

One of great features of a Zermatt is that it’s just as good for non-skiers as skiers. There are plenty of non-ski activities in Zermatt.  So if you are  a non-skier or fancy a day off the slopes, there’s lots to do in Zermatt outside the comfort of your luxury catered ski chalet.

1. Ice Skating

Going ice skating on your ski holiday is almost a rite of passage and is great thing to do with the family anytime that you are not on the slopes. The Zermatt outdoor rink can be found in the centre of town which provides a stunning backdrop for your skating. The rink is free to use and is open from 10am to 7pm but you will need to rent some skates from a local shop if you don’t have your own.


2. Curling

The rink is also used for ice hockey and curling. You can often watch hockey teams practicing at various times during the week and you can have a go at curling by contacting the Zermatt Curling Club.

3. Swimming

If you are a keen swimmer and are staying with us in Chalet Banja you will have access to your own 10 meter pool. If you’re not staying there but still fancy a dip then you will be spoilt for choice in Zermatt as there are plenty to choose from. Most pools are located in one of the many hotels around the resort. The cheapest and most family friendly is located in the Hotel National and cost 10 CHF for an adult, children are half price. One of the most stunning pools can be found in the Hotel Mont Cervin Palace.


4. Spa Relaxation

Most of our accommodation comes with access to spa facilities giving you a chance to unwind and relax in hot tub or sauna. We can also arrange on-site body treatments allowing you to ease the muscles of a day’s skiing or to relive the tension of daily life.


5. Winter Hiking or Snowshoeing

There is lots to see in the mountains and much of this gets missed if you are sliding around on skis and getting lifts up the mountain. A great way to feel part of the nature and the mountain is to get out, take it slowly and go for a walk.

Zermatt is great place to do this as we have a large selection of snowshoeing and hiking trails. Many of the trails start from the town but there are plenty that start higher up the mountain. Some of our favourites are route 141,142 and 113 that run along side the Gornergrat as they you can get some stunning views as well and a bite to eat and drink at the end.

To go up the mountain you can buy tickets for different stages of your journey from as little as 11 CHF.


6. Matterhorn Museum

The museum tells the history of the town, from farming village to world leading ski destination. You can also spend time learning about the challenges faced by early and recent mountaineers who were drawn to Zermatt with the desire to concur its most famous resident, the Matterhorn.

The entry fee is 10 CHF but it’s well worth it as the museum has plenty to look at including the frayed rope from the original ascent in 1865.

Das neue Matterhorn Museum Zermatt "Zermatlantis" eršffnet am 18.12.2006. Architekt Peter Perren und das Gestalter-Team Steiner Sarnen Schweiz AG, mit Otto Steiner und Natascha Obermayr bauten das neue Museum unter dem Boden in der RŠumen des alten Casinos. Das berŸhmteste Seil der Erstbesteigung des Matterhorns hat vier Alpinisten das Leben gekostet.

7. Lunch 

Lunching in Zermatt is a real pleasure. There are over thirty establishments to choose from, making picking one part of the fun.  To find out more about our recommendations on the restaurants of Zermatt read our blog on the the best places to eat.

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8. Helicopter Sight Seeing Tour

If you lack the skills needed to get up close and personal with mighty Matterhorn, but are keen to see its intimidating cliffs up close for yourself then maybe you should book a helicopter tour.  You can book different length flights with prices starting at 260 CHF for a 2o min flight, which also includes lunch!

If you are booked into one of our ski chalets and want to experience any of these activities then just ask our staff and we will be happy to organise it for you.

We can also help with advice on any of the above activities and our concierge service will ensure that every aspect of your holiday can be lined up for you and run perfectly.

Who wouldn't enjoy a view like this?

Who wouldn’t enjoy a view like this?

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