Activities for non-skiers
Zermatt has a plethora of activities for non-skiers, there are the famous mountain restaurants, a wide selection of boutiques, shops, and hair salons, a range of Spa’s, art galleries and a cinema. There is also the alpine museum and the cheese factory and a historic tour of Zermatt with a knowledgeable guide. Zermatt also has some fantastic apres ski and lots of live music.
For outdoor enthusiasts there are two dedicated sledge runs and well as the ice skating rinks and the curling lanes, snow and ice climbing is also popular as is snow-shoeing and hiking. If you wish to stay a little warmer there is indoor tennis, squash and swimming.
The old part of the village
Take a romantic stroll through the Hinterdorf, the oldest part of the village of Zermatt. There, you will see barns,stables and storage barns that were built between the 15th and the 19th century. You’ll also find the memorial fountain for Ulrich Inderbinen, a Zermatt Mountain Guide who was still climbing the Matterhorn in his nineties and lived to be 104 years old.
The Matterhorn Museum
Zermatlantis offers insight into the development of Zermatt and its history. It shows the triumph and tragedy surrounding Edward Whymper’s first ascent of the Matterhorn.
Many mountaineers who have lost their lives on the Matterhorn and in the mountains around Zermatt are buried in Zermatt: in the cemetery of the Anglican church of St. Peter‘s church and in the Catholic cemetery. There is a memorial in the Catholic cemetery for Zermatt mountain guides who were killed in accidents.
Take the highest-altitude, open-air rack railway for the around 33-minute ride through idyllic forests up to the Gornergrat (3089 m). Here, surrounded by 29 peaks over 4000 meters high, a sunny platform offers a simply matchless mountain panorama.
Forest Fun Park
The Forest Fun Park promises fun and adventure for the whole family, for all age groups. Secured by safety lines, you can step, swing and climb from tree to tree. In this way, you can get a feel for the sport of climbing from the Tyrolean traverses and suspended bridges with different levels of difficulty and at different heights.
Helicopter Sightseeing Flights
Eye-to eye with mountaineers and 4,000-metre peaks from a bird’s eye view: a helicopter sightseeing flight with Air Zermatt is an unforgettable experience. Every year, more than 8,000 passengers fly with the pilots, whose pioneering achievements in mountain rescue in
our extreme landscape have made them famous beyond the borders of Switzerland
Zermatt has an unforgettable cinema: The Vernissage is a piece of art in itself by the artist Heinz Julen. In the multi-functional movie theatre with the typical Heinz Julen design and movable chandeliers, organizers run current blockbusters, classic shows and
regularly screen local Zermatt films about the climbing of the Matterhorn.
Just outside the village of Zermatt, between Täsch and Randa, you can play on a 9-hole golf course of the “Alpine Parkland” model with a view of the Breithorn and the Klein Matterhorn.
The natural and artificial ice rinks in the centre of the village offer free fun on the ice. This is where the youngest ice sport fans get together, to play at being an ice princess or to compete against each other at ice hockey. And grown-ups are also welcome. The ice rinks can be rented by the hour. It is also possible to rent lanes and stones for curling.