Best Things to do in Zermatt, Switzerland (in 2 Days)
Heading to Zermatt and wondering about the best things to do in Zermatt (in 2 days)? Then this post is for you as it will help you plan your Zermatt trip.
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 for non-skiers? Then this post will have the answers…
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 that do not include any winter sports activity – here are the best things to see in Zermatt and the best Zermatt attractions.
But before talking about the top things in Zermatt I will provide you with some basic travel information, 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, it meant 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 Swiss 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 / Best Zermatt Hotels
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
Mid-range hotels in Zermatt
Here are some ideas for mid-range hotels that were well-rated in Zermatt
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 as it is with some extra $.
Click here to find my accommodation guide for Zermatt.
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 in summer? Here are my top recommendations for things to do in Zermatt:
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…
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.
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.
From the old town it is not very far to the lovely Vispa River.
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.
There are many cafes and restaurants along the river where you can sit down and relax – or you bring your own snacks and sit down on a bench and enjoy these impressive Matterhorn views.
Another Zermatt point of interest is the Gorner Gorge.
If you have some free time you could visit the Gorge. As I was feeling a bit sick, I was not able to see it but I think, this is another tourist sight in Zermatt you should visit.
220 million years old is the rock, greenish serpentinite – impressive, or?
It is closed during winter times, and entry is only about 5€.
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 had just realized that the mountain on the Toblerone chocolate is the Matterhorn when I was there.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 top places to visit in Zermatt.
Here are more travel tips for Switzerland:
Find out more about the best places to stay in Switzerland.
Here are the most beautiful places in Switzerland.
Find out about the 25 best things to do in Switzerland.