What to do in Zermatt in 2 Days – Best Things to do in Zermatt

Are you looking for a perfect cute town to visit when in Switzerland? I have an idea: Why not visit Zermatt? There are many reasons that second my suggestion (if I may say so 🙂 and if you are wondering what to see in Zermatt you are lucky as you have found the perfect post as this posts will help you to find out about the best things to do in Zermatt Switzerland.

Find out what to do in Zermatt

Zermatt is an incredibly popular tourist destination – in winter and in summer. Are you looking for things to do in Zermatt – other than skiing?  I am not a skiing person so I visited Zermatt on my last Switzerland trip for the first time and was very looking forward to spending 2 days in Zermatt.

Since I am not a skiing person, I visited Zermatt in summer and was very looking forward to spending 2 days in Zermatt, the little car-free town. I have put together my favorite activities for a weekend trip to Zermatt that do not include any winter sports activity.

But before talking about the top things in Zermatt I will provide you with some basic travel information for Zermatt, so if you are not interested in reading that scroll down.

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Important Travel Information for Zermatt

How to Get to Zermatt

As Zermatt is a car-free town, which means I had to leave my car in Taesch, a little village close to Zermatt. There is a big covered big car park in Taesch, which charges about 13€ for 24 hours of parking.

I then took a train which brought me up to Zermatt. With a Swiss Travel Pass you do not need an extra ticket and get up for free. Without a Swsiis Travel Pass you pay around 15€ for a return ticket.

For a person like me, who tends to forget things in the car, this was not ideal though because I had to ride back as I left my camera in the car and pay another 15€ for the return ticket.

There are quite some ways get to Zermatt; directly by train, hiking, or cycling up, but well, I definitely would choose the train rider over and over again.

Where to Stay in Zermatt

Zermatt is known for being an extremely luxurious destination (even for Switzerland standards), and there are no real budget hotels (if you like to find out about my best tips on saving money in Switzerland click here).

Luxury hotels in Zermatt

Here are the best-rated luxury hotels in Zermatt

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof & Hotel Mont Cervin Palace & Cervo

Or why not stay in a luxury chalet?

Mid-range hotels in Zermatt  

Here are some ideas for mid-range hotels that were well-rated in Zermatt

Hotel Phoenix & Hotel Testa Grigia & Sunstar Style Hotel

I stayed at the latter one. The prices were very reasonable (summer prices are normally better than the prices in winter) and the location was great – I even had a great room view of Matterhorn – if you get the chance, I definitely recommend booking a hotel room with a view of Matterhorn.

Read my review of that lovely hotel here or check out the prices and rates for hotel in Zermatt here.

Click here to find my accommodation dude for Zermatt.

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How to Get Around in Zermatt

Since Zermatt is a car-free town there are not many choices for the mean of transportation. However, in Zermatt, all buses or taxis are electric – and as Zermatt is geographically not so big, you can easily walk to many places or use the bike.

Security Tips for Solo Female Travelers

Tips for (solo) female travelers: Zermatt gelt so extremely safe, that I cannot recommend it enough to travel alone. The altitude caused more problems than being a solo traveler.

Here are the Best Places to Visit in Zermatt

Ready to find out about the best places to see in Zermatt and best things to do in Zermatt?

Here are my top recommendations for things to do in Zermatt.

Check out Zermatt Town

One of the first things I noticed in Zermatt were: many tourists, many flower pots and many ads for luxury watches (and shops) hanging everywhere (the tourists did not hang there, though).

Flower pots, flower pots, and flower pots make Zermatt pretty pretty pretty. If only more places looked like that…

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Strolling through Zermatt is such a lovely and nice way to spend time and one of the fun things to do in Zermatt.

The houses are so charming and the scenery makes everything more beautiful. Zermatt is one of those peaceful and cute places you can stroll through for hours – though it is quite small.

I really liked the Vispa River with its quite strong current and its unusual gray/white color (glacier water) – you cannot miss it and though this is not one of the typical Zermatt tourist attractions I still enjoyed my walk along the river.

As in all parts of Switzerland, there are water fountains providing fresh drinking water – something my dog and I enjoyed, so bring your bottle and try fresh and yum water.

Zermatt - Town Center @shutterstock
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Zermatt – Town Center @shutterstock

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Gorner Gorge

Another Zermatt point of interest is the Gorner Gorge.

If you have some free time you could visit the Gorner Gorge. As I was feeling a bit sick, I was not able to see it but i think, this is another sight in Zermatt you must visit.

220 million years old is the rock, greenish serpentinite – impressive, or?

It is closed during winter times, and entry is only about 5€.

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Gorner Gorge @shutterstock

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

As beautiful as Zermatt is – the Matterhorn Mountain is dominating the landscape. The Matterhorn Mountain is probably the most famous mountain in Switzerland and one of the main tourist attractions in Zermatt – and Switzerland. Quite embarrassing to admit (as a chocolate and Switzerland addict), but I have just realized that the mountain on the Toblerone chocolate is the Matterhorn.

I planned to visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn) while I was in Zermatt and I think, it is a must-do activity in Zermatt.  While Zermatt is about 1,600 above sea level Klein Matterhorn is almost about 4,000 meters high and has the highest cable car station in Europe.

Matterhorn Cable Car @shutterstock
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Matterhorn Cable Car @shutterstock

I had a ski pass, an international one for a day, which is about 80 Euros and so I planned actually to do a couple of things up on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. First of all, I went on a summit lift to the highest viewing platforms in the Alps which is almost at 3,900 meters above sea level. A 360 panorama view allows you to take in all the 38 peaks towering over 4,000 meters. If you are lucky and the view is very clear you can even see the Mont Blanc (I was not so lucky).

Check out Ticket Prices for the Klein Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Entrance (these are best prices, but if you have Swiss Travel Pass you can save money on the tickets).

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Matterhorn Glacier Paradise @shutterstock

Things to Know Before Visiting Klein Matterhorn

I was warned before that the altitude might cause some problems but I did not take it seriously and so I went straight up in one of the cable cars and on the summit lifts. I had to change a couple of times and it took about 30 minutes which might sound like long but it is actually very fast.

There is a little cinema lounge which shows videos about the Matterhorn and the Alps – quite interesting for someone who does not know much about it.

When I arrived at the restaurant and peak shop I actually didn’t feel good at all so I ate a little bit and but I felt still dizzy. I was told the last entry will be 4:15 pm so at 4:00 pm I rushed to the Glacier Palace which is close to the restaurant. It is a kind of museum, inside of a glacier, with ice crystals and ice sculptures.

It was a pity it was closed, especially because it is included in the ski pass already (I still added a picture from there for you). There is also like a snow sports area (open all year).

I have never done skiing but if you are just skiing that is probably the best area to ski. If you have a ticket is the snow tubing is free of charge. I would have loved to do that, for some reason I missed out on that. However, even if I had known about it I couldn’t have done it because I was there with my little puppy and I didn’t know where to “park“ him.

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Glacier Palace Matterhorn @shutterstock

Though, I didn’t feel 100% well it was definitely worth it to see it and check Matterhorn Glacier Paradise out. Even if you are used to beautiful mountain views I am sure this trip will amaze you.

I would love to do the trip all over again, stopping several times at the stations (to prevent getting sick again) on my way up and enjoying the views more. I would also love to visit the Glacier Palace as well as doing some snow tubing.

As a tip for those who are not used to be in such heights, I would recommend getting out of at one of those stops so you are not up that fast and to drink a lot. Take breaks. Then it should be even more fun.

Zermatt in summer - What to Do in Zermatt in 2 Days
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More Things to Do in Zermatt

There are more places to visit in Zermatt – and if you are looking for an alternative to Klein Matterhorn you can check out Gornergrat.

Gronergrat

Gornergrat is another beautiful mountain (and almost 1000 meters lower than Klein Matterhorn) with not less stunning views. The “openining hours” are longer than on Klein Matterhorn, so if you start your day later or very early, this might be an alternative.

Tip: If you have Swiss Travel Pass you can save money on both tickets.

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Getting up Gornergrat Mountain in Zermatt @shutterstuck

I hope you have gotten some travel inspiration for Zermatt and added some of these attractions to your Zermatt itinerary – after all these are the most beautiful places to visit in Zermatt.

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Disclaimer: I was invited by the Zermatt Tourism Board but, as always all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links which means I might earn a small commission when you buy a product/service via my link (at no extra cost to you). More about it here.