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7 Unmissable Activities in Zermatt this Summer

Zermatt is a superb destination not just in winter, but also in summer. We look at some of the most unmissable activities you can enjoy in Zermatt this summer.

  • Cow Fighting Festival
  • Monte Rosa Trail
  • Women of the Matterhorn
  • “Zooom” across Zermatt
  • The Zermatt-Zmutt Trail
  • Visit our Black-Nosed Sheep
  • See the sunrise at Stellisee

The 2021 Cow Fighting Festival

On 08 August 2021 the famous summer cow fighting festival – ‘Sommerstechfest’ – is coming back to Zermatt.

Over 100 cows from the Eringer breed will be fighting for the title ‘Reine du Cervin’ – the Queen of the Cervin – in this traditional Valais event.

You can join around 4000 spectators who will watch the morning’s qualifying rounds, climaxing with the final in the afternoon.

Tickets cost CHF20 each and can be purchased in advance with all revenues going towards the Zermatt Alpine Cooperative.

cow fighting zermatt
(c) Pedro Rodrigues

The ‘Monte Rosa Trek’ hiking trail

This is a new trail developed by the Täsch refuge, the Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu and the Monte Rosa refuge that gives you the chance to enjoy a four-day hiking tour.

Passing along the Matter valley, with views of magnificent mountain lakes and the impressive Gorner Glacier, this trek is now available from CHF 298, including three nights, half-board accommodation, as well as the crampons you need to cross the glacier to the Monte Rosa hut.

150th Anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn by a woman

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn by a woman.

To celebrate Lucy Walker’s achievement, this summer there is a special exhibition called ‘New Perspectives’ focussing on the role of women in mountaineering over the years.

‘Zooom the Matterhorn’

How would you like to paraglide over Zermatt? The new ‘Zooom the Matterhorn’ feature at Gornergrat let’s you experience this in a virtual environment.

You can paraglide over alpine glacier landscapes, experience four seasons on the Matterhorn and even get up close to the real Matterhorn using a digital telescope.

The ‘Zooom’ is included in the Gornergrat Bahn ticket. You can out more about ‘Zooom the Matterhorn’ in our special blog about it.

The Zermatt-Zmutt Culture Trail

If you’ve been to Zermatt, but never been to Zmutt, then this year there is even more reason to do so.

This small hamlet above the resort is full of historic buildings. The ‘Alts Zermatt’ association wants more people to visit these treasures and has created the ‘Zermatt-Zmutt Culture Trail’.

The first stage of this project was the path, which has been open for almost two years. The second stage – ‘Zmutt, the oldest hamlet in Switzerland’ – was opened on June 19 and introduces you to thirteen historic houses, the oldest of which dates from the 13th century.

Meet our Black-Nosed Sheep

Zermatt is famous for its charming black-nosed sheep, who graze in the mountains all year round.

During summer, from June to September, you can find them on the Gornergrat. And thanks to GPS chips on their collars, you can find them very precisely by going online at www.gornergrat.ch.

The animals are accompanied by the shepherdess Deborah, who gives visitors fascinating information about the Upper Valais sheep breed.

You can find out more about visiting the Black-Nosed Sheep in our blog on the subject.

Watch the sunrise over Lake Stellisee

We’ve previously written about the ‘Best Places to take a photo of the Matterhorn’ and one of the  best of those is from Lake Stellisee.

This is just 20 minutes from the top of the Blauherd cable car and offers the chance for an incredible photo.

You can improve it perhaps only be arriving for sunrise. The Zermatt ski lifts offer morning round trips to Blauherd in July and August, a chance to see the sun come up and then a tasty breakfast at the Fluhalp restaurant.

Accommodation in Zermatt

If you’d like to visit Zermatt, then please contact Ed or Suzanne from Matterhorn Chalets. We can arrange all aspects of your holiday for you through our accommodation and concierge service.

Whether you are looking for serviced chalets, hotels or self-catering apartments, we can help, as well as booking restaurants, transfers, lift tickets, ski lessons and activities.

To check availability or enquire further, please contact us via our website or on +41 79 247 15 88

Riffelalp station, Zermatt

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