Things to do in the ski resort Zermatt

Offering more than just luxury ski chalets Zermatt has it all

First glimpses of the Matterhorn – welcome to Zermatt

Whether you arrive by helicopter, train or car; there’s an undeniable sense of awe created from the mountains towering around the valley. As you approach Zermatt’s historic village, the Matterhorn boldly shadows above.

It’s the world’s most photographed mountain, and you can quickly see why for people wanting to experience a Swiss chalet Zermatt is their top choice. Situated in the German-speaking part of the canton of Valais and right on the Italian border, you’ll see a mix of culture in every direction. With so many things to do in Zermatt it’s a resort that suits all ages and holiday styles.

Rich history and mountain culture

The first hotel, the Monte Rosa, was opened in 1854 and is still in operation today. Soon after in 1865 British climber Edward Whymper successfully ascended the Matterhorn and mountaineers have followed in droves ever since. Becoming a popular tourist location in the mid 1900’s, Zermatt has experienced constant growth, developing into one of the world’s most revered summer and winter resorts.

The balance between old and new gives Zermatt a distinctive charm. To learn more about the rich local history, add the Matterhorn Museum to your list of things to do in Zermatt; offering an interesting historical overview of how this beautiful alpine resort came to be. Having now achieved high status among tourists, skiers, hikers and ‘amazing view enthusiasts’ alike; Zermatt provides great options for everyone.

Swiss chalet paradise winter and summer

With more than 38 summits above 4000m and countless smaller peaks, Summer in Zermatt offers endless trails and hiking routes. Ranging from gradual dirt pathways to steep inclines and rocky passageways; there are options to suit all ages and skill levels. If ski and snow is more your style, you’ll smile knowing that Zermatt is a snow-sure resort offering skiing all year round. With over 360km of pistes and some of the best free ski in the world, Zermatt is any skier or snowboarder’s dream.

To see the impressive range of things to do in Zermatt all year round, click to learn more detail about summer activities in Zermatt or winter activities in Zermatt here.

The ultimate in Alpine luxury

Take a stroll up the famous Bahnhofstrasse high street among horse-drawn carriages and glowing shop windows. Having gained a reputation for luxury fashion and wares, expect to be dazzled by opulent Swiss timepieces featuring brands like Patek Philippe, Blancpain and Vacheron-Constantin to name a few. High end fashion houses such as BognerOgier and Moncler also thrive among the stylish crowd frequenting the resort and make for a great day around town on your list of things to do in Zermatt.

It would be remiss not to explore the charming chocolateries lining the fairytale cobbled streets in true Swiss style, be warned though, chocolate consumption often becomes significantly higher than usual. Finally, take yourself on a treasure hunt for unique gifts, souvenirs and quirky antiques in some of the hidden retailers dotted throughout the village.

Lavish gastronomic adventures and culinary experiences

Zermatt provides a broad selection of culinary experiences – from traditional mountain huts to the latest in fashionable and Michelin star restaurants. Either on-mountain or in the village; this culinary hotspot will leave any visitor more than satisfied.

For an exquisite alpine lunch on a sun-drenched terrace head to Chez Vrony, boasting a 100-year-old history transforming a sleepy Spartan farmhouse into one of Zermatt’s premiere gastronomic experiences. Alternatively visit Zum See, another of the world’s top ten mountain restaurants where you’ll find Italian and Swiss cuisine that oozes tradition and an honest homemade feel.

Innovation and preservation

Ecology in Zermatt is extremely important, seeing state of the art solar, bio and hydroelectric technology used to power the town, its lift systems and refuges. All vehicles in Zermatt must be battery powered to reduce pollution, help preserve the pristine surrounding environment and maintain a better quality of air for visitors.
The local infrastructure has adapted well to these regulations with an impressive taxi, bus and transport system making it effortless for guests to get around town. Elysian Collection has supplier arrangements with reliable local taxi providers to ensure ease of transport during your stay.

Nightlife options to suit all ages

As the sun falls away there are still an impressive lineup of things to do in Zermatt. Zermatt’s nocturnal side boasts more than 60 bars and clubs throughout the village which provide a memorable night out for all ages. After a day on the mountain visitors often enjoy Zermatt Beer, glühwein or champagne for après – sessions that sometimes carry well into the night.

For those seeking a live music experience, you’ve come to the right place. With a raft of professional musicians from around the world playing jazz, folk, rock and other genres in venues dotted around town every night of the week, there’s always something to suit your mood. Cocktail and smoking lounges offer a more refined evening experience, which can be followed with a deep house DJ in high end club venues such as Vernissage or Cuckoo Club.

Easy transport to airports and surrounding cities

Situated approximately three hours from Geneva, Zurich or Milan, those flying into major airports have a simple train or transfer option to make their way into the alps. Breathtaking scenery and comfortable first-class travel options make the train an absolute pleasure to travel on.

For those flying on private jet, Sion airstrip is a little more than an hour away. For the fastest, most scenic ride up to Zermatt, private helicopter transfers can also be organised for your group. The Elysian Collection concierge team can organise and provide any guidance required on getting to and from the resort.

Explore three premiere luxury ski chalets Zermatt offers from Elysian Collection

7 Large En-Suite Bedrooms • Wellness Centre • Breathtaking Panoramics • Grand Piano • Plunge Pool • Contemporary Design

Experience Les Anges

5 Large En-Suite Bedrooms • Wellness Centre • Floor to Ceiling Windows • Dramatic Vaulted Interior • Luxuriously Seated Cinema

Experience Grace

6 Large En-Suite Bedrooms • Wellness Centre • Private Funicular • Sun-Drenched Terrace • Large South-Facing Balconies

Experience Maurice

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