Set at the base of the highest mountains in the mighty Alpine range, the Swiss town of Zermatt is an absolute visual treat. You are not allowed to drive in the car-free Zermatt. You can get as close by parking your vehicle at a huge car park that is located about 5 km (3.1 mi) from here. Electric vehicles will then shuttle you. Well-known for its ski hotels and skiing opportunities, it also features terrains that are suitable for different levels and offers other outdoor activities during other seasons. Cyclists will have a great time on the mountain trail that stretches from Winkelmatten to Furi. There are also a host of luxury spas, gourmet restaurants, and hotels to stay in Zermatt. Truly an incredible destination, and filled with several points of interest, Zermatt in Switzerland is a must-visit. Scroll through the list of the best day trips from Zermatt, Switzerland.
Your itinerary of Zermatt is incomplete if you don’t embark on a breathtaking day trip to the nearby Schilthorn’s majestic mountain peak. As you ascend to the summit, be prepared to be captivated by the awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Swiss Alps. Take a moment to absorb the sheer beauty of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys, and shimmering lakes below.
If you’re feeling adventurous, engage in thrilling activities such as a paragliding adventure or hiking trails. Indulge in a delectable meal at the iconic Piz Gloria revolving restaurant while savoring the unparalleled 360-degree views.
Embark on an awe-inspiring paragliding trip in Chamonix and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush amidst breathtaking alpine scenery. As you take flight, the rush of wind against your face and the sensation of weightlessness fill you with pure exhilaration. Gaze upon the majestic Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak, and marvel at the vast expanse of snow-capped mountains, pristine glaciers, and lush valleys below.
Skilled instructors ensure your safety and guide you through the thrilling journey, allowing you to immerse yourself in the adventure fully. Soar through the sky and witness the stunning landscape from a unique perspective.
Duration: 1.0 to 1.5 hour
3. Gorner Gorge
Visiting the magnificent Gorner Gorge is easy as it is just around a 15-minute walk from Zermatt. There are wooden walkways that will take you to these beautiful waterfalls—where the water that gushes out is from the melting ice and snows of Gorner Glacier. The rocks surrounding the gorge is greenish in color and are of fabulous shapes. If you are visiting Zermatt during the winter, you may book an adventure tour with an expert mountain guide to explore this gorge properly.
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4. Rhone Valley
Zermatt can be reached through a rail and a road, both passing through Rhone River’s scenic upper valley. The rail line winds through Valais, creating an unmatched view—which will remain in your memories for a long time. If you are an outdoorsy traveler, you will love the entire journey to this beautiful valley in Switzerland. Rhone Valley is the perfect place to be in for adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies because it offers a host of sites for rock climbing.
A visit to the famous thermal facility called Brigerbad should definitely feature on your bucket list if you are vacationing in Zermatt. The facility has reopened in 2014, and it is an oasis meant to promote the well-being of your soul and body—no matter when you plan to come. There are seven distinct bathing areas in this complex, including different outdoor swimming pools featuring huge waterslides, a spa area that spans across two floors, a sauna and a hammam, as well as indoor health pools. There is also a restaurant you can check out and diverse wellness treatments you can avail of. The facility is just about 33.9 km (21.06 mi) from Zermatt, and you can travel going here by car or train.
Hinterdorf is situated higher up in Zermatt, and you have to go beyond a lodge called Monte Rosa Hotel. The lodge was specifically constructed for the early climbers, and you can explore it for a historical tour. Hinterdorf is dotted with ancient wooden chalets, storehouses, stables, barns, and narrow lanes. The buildings you will see in Hinterdorf date back between 16th to 18th centuries. Most of these structures are extremely well-preserved. You can visit the local tourist office to inquire about a guided tour to visit historical sites.
Located only about 31.1 km (19.32 mi) from Zermatt, Visp is unique in a way as it has 300 days of sunshine every year. It is set at the bottom of the highest vineyard in Europe and is a great place to chill. You can come here on a day trip from Zermatt by train quite easily. Visp is an excellent destination for leisure travelers and shopaholics. The weekly farmers’ market, which is operational every Friday, is a must-visit, so you should plan your trip accordingly. Other attractions include the attractive and car-free Bahnhofstrasse which features many shops and garden terraces. You can also tour the charming old town, which is famous for its historic buildings.
Brig is perfect for a full- or half-day excursion from Zermatt. You can reach this pretty town in about 1.5 hours by train. It is known for its rich and diverse history, and the remnants are still visible all around. This bustling town is dotted with a string of restaurants, squares, and cafes and has a great and lively ambiance. You can spend some relaxing time at Thermal Baths or explore the magnificent Stockalper Palace. There are churches, monasteries, and palaces in this town built by the powerful Kaspar Stockalper.
Enjoy a full-day excursion in the Swiss capital city of Bern, which you can reach within 2 hours and 10 minutes from Zermatt by train. Bern was set up way back in 1191 and has unique medieval magic of its own. UNESCO has declared this city a World Heritage Site. It has an array of attractions, such as historic spots like Bear Pit, the popular Clock Tower, Paul Klee Center, Parliament House, and Swiss Alpine Museum, among others. Bern is also a haven for shopaholics as it has great commercial arcades where tourists can shop till they drop.
Tip from tour guideI love Bern, and it's definitely worth a visit while you're in Switzerland. In the evening, the atmosphere is very reminiscent of Venice. Lords and gentlemen fill cafés and restaurants, and there are countless of them here above ground and underground. Nobody is in a hurry. Even bus and tram drivers are calm, like a symbol of the city after a hearty lunch, despite the tourists taking pictures right on the roadway. And this is in a city where in the 18th century there was a saying: “Venice is on water, and Bern is on wine.”
A day trip from Zermatt to Sion should definitely be on your cards if you are vacationing in the Swiss town. You can reach Sion less than two hours from Zermatt by train. Sion is regarded as Switzerland’s most sun-blessed town. It also has the distinction of being one of the most ancient cities in the country and boasts a history spanning 7,000 years. Old Town here has a string of historical monuments, which along with its shops are the landmarks of this famous city. Other key attractions include Castle of Valeria and Tourbillon Castle.
You can reach Martigny from Zermatt by train, and the entire journey will take about 2 hours and 10 minutes. This tiny Swiss town is set on the elbow of the Rhone and is encircled by lovely orchards and vineyards. Well-known for gastronomical delights, Martigny has a rich history that dates back 2,000 years. The attractions here include a renovated amphitheater, Roman temples, and thermal baths. Also, visit the town’s most prominent cultural attraction, called Fondation Pierre Gianadda, as well as St. Bernard Dog Museum and Gallo-Roman Museum (which features a car museum).
The journey from Zermatt to Montreux will take about 2 hours and 40 minutes if you are traveling by train. The trip will be an unforgettable one as on your way, you will cross the “border” between French- and German-speaking Switzerland. Relish great pleasure as you visit the captivating terraced vineyards and experience the pleasant mild climate of Lavaux—both of which have been declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. While in Montreux, you should spare some time to visit Chateau de Chillon, which is regarded as one of the finest historic buildings in the country. Constructed in the 13th century, the castle sits on Lake Geneva’s beautiful shores.
Explore Zermatt and its beautiful neighbors
Known for a plethora of tourist attractions in Switzerland, Zermatt also has plenty of beautiful places to visit and fun things to do nearby, which can make for great day trips from the town. Check out these best day trips from Zermatt, Switzerland while staying in a comfy Airbnb vacation rental. Try them out for yourself, and you will realize why we specifically handpicked them just for you.
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