Zermatt-Matterhorn is the ultimate alpine destination, as there are so many great things to do in Zermatt in winter.
Obviously (like the Complete Works of Shakespeare on Desert Island Discs), skiing is a guaranteed activity in Zermatt, so in this list, we’re not including the 365 days a year glacier skiing, the 350km of winter pistes or the endless accessible off-piste.
6 Great Things To Do In Zermatt This Winter
Here comes the train! Read our blog about this great train ride from the centre of #Zermatt to the top of the #Gornergrat, or better still come and try it for yourself this winter (http://www.matterhornchalets.com/2015/03/11/take-train-top-zermatt/)
Posted by Matterhorn Chalets on Sunday, 18 September 2016
1: Gornergrat Bahn
An essential of any visit to Zermatt is a trip on the Gornergrat Bahn: the resort’s historic mountain railway.
This 120-year-old electric-powered cog railway will carry you along its 9.3km track to its peak at 3089m where you can enjoy incredible views of the Matterhorn.
On the way up the train calls in at five stations, all offering different views and vistas of the resort.
2: Thermal Spa in Brig
The hotels in Zermatt have some of the best spas in the Alps and many of our serviced properties have hot tubs, but we all know that a thermal spa is a real treat when you’re in the mountains.
There isn’t one in Zermatt, but why not take head down to the Brigerbad Thermal Spa, located at the bottom of the mountain road between Brig and Visp.
It features indoor and outdoor pool areas and dates back to the Roman period. It’s about 40 minutes from Tasch or is well served by public transport, taking around 1 hour 30 minutes from Zermatt’s train station.
3: Try a Fondue on a Gondola
How could you possibly make fondue better? How about by enjoying your melted cheese in a gondola?
This event only happens twice a year in Zermatt, but it’s well worth the forward planning – if you’re in resort on 05 March or 05 April then you can enjoy a traditional fondue with regional wines on board the Trockener Steg gondola during the 90 minute round trip.
Book it at the Zermatt tourist office website in advance.
4: Explore the Glacier Palace
Hidden fifteen meters under the ice of the glacier is a fairy-tale ice palace with hand-carved rooms and sculptures.
Tunnels let you explore the mysterious frozen underworld and lead you to crevasses and icy toboggan runs. And once you’ve finished exploring you can warm up afterwards in the world’s highest restaurant.
Soaring through the mountains like a bird is an unforgettable experience. Starting with the thrill of taking off, followed by the serenity of flight and the uncertainty of landing, it truly is a unique way to take in the sights of the valley.
Once you have decided to go paragliding in Zermatt all you need to do is pick which company to go with and decide on which mountain you are keen to leap from. And if you need help with this, our concierge service can also arrange it all for you.
People have been curling in Zermatt as far back as 1920. The Zermatt Curling Club was founded in 1933 and is one of the most successful in the world, hosting an annual tournament that attracts sixty clubs from across Europe.
But you don’t need to be that serious about the sport to have a go. You can book private sessions with a coach or go a for a bit more luxury and book a 3-course meal to go with your time on the ice. Again our concierge service can help arrange this for you.
Accommodation in Zermatt
If you are planning on sampling Zermatt’s incredible slopes, majestic scenery and fascinating transport you should plan on staying in some equally spectacular accommodation.