Things to do
Make the most of being in the mountains and hike/walk Zermatt’s beautiful trails. Ask for a complimentary mountain guide from the train station, tourist office or any mountain lift. Zermatt boasts some impressive hikes but there are many which are under an hour and suitable for those who perhaps prefer more of a gentle amble to an uphill climb. You can even take a mountain lift one leg of the way to give you a head start.
The Gornegrat Bahn is one lift I recommend taking regardless of your hiking capabilities. The world’s first fully electrified cog railway, built in 1898, is today a modernised eco-friendly railway with a regenerative breaking system that generates electricity on the decent, thus conserving energy. Weave through pine trees, over outstanding bridges, past rocky crevasses and mountain lakes from the foot of the village up to the summit of Gornegrat. The mountain panorama from this 3,089m point of altitude is astounding and offers a memorable view of the Matterhorn.