Best Mountain Excursions from Zermatt

Whilst you can get great views of the iconic Matterhorn in Zermatt village, many visitors take the opportunity to enjoy the other nearby mountains as well. This guide covers the best mountain excursions from Zermatt.


Located in southern Switzerland, Gornergrat is a ridge of the Pennine Alps. It can be reached via the historic rack railway, Gornergrat Railway, which departs from the heart of Zermatt every 25 minutes and takes just 30 minutes.

Wildlife can be spotted, including chamois, free-roaming ibex, and cute marmots. But, without doubt, the most popular thing to do is to simply admire the view. The mighty Matterhorn looks magnificent from the viewing deck at the top, as does the Gorner Glacier.

Things to do on Gornergrat

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is a mountainous haven with utterly stunning scenery. It’s Europe’s highest altitude mountain station, with a 360-degree viewing platform, complete with unobstructed views of 38 jagged mountain peaks as well as 14 glaciers. 

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

There’s direct access to 21km of ski and snowboard slopes. It's also home to the Glacier Palace. Situated within an actual glacier, you can catch a lift that travels 15m down into the icy depths and enter a fairytale world of ice sculptures and ice crystals

Things to do on Matterhorn Glacier Paradise


Rothorn is famous for providing sublime views of the majestic Matterhorn. Getting there requires a few changes. Firstly, you take a funicular from Zermatt to Sunnegga. Then an eight-person gondola to Blauherd. Finally, a cable car which runs from Blauherd to Rothorn.

Things to do on Rothorn

For the adventurous traveller, there's paragliding and you can hire a mountain cart or kick bike. A fancy pizzeria will satisfy your hunger, but you can also picnic on the rocks with stunning views of Grunsee below.

Things to do in Zermatt, Switzerland

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