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Guide to Zermatt for Families

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The pretty ski resort of Zermatt is traffic-free, easily explored on foot, and its 360km of pistes include plenty of nursery slopes and easy runs for beginners, making the village one of the most family-friendly in the Alps. Plus, as a holder of the 'families welcome' label, it permits kids under the age of nine to travel free of charge on all ski lifts!

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

8 Places

4 City Tips

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8 Places

Swiss Ski School Saas Fee

Ski & Snowboard Areas

Gornergrat

Railways, Lookouts, Scenic Drives

Sunnegga

Observation Decks & Towers

Buffet Bar Sunnegga

Restaurants

Forest Fun Park Zermatt

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Ski & Snowboard Areas, Tramways

Vernissage

Bars & Clubs, Movie Theatres, Dance Clubs & Discos

Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Sasha H's City Tips

  • Zermatt’s mountain ski runs are accessible via a network of lifts and cog railways; ask at the tourist office on Bahnhofplatz for the ticket that best suits your family's needs.
  • Children under the age of nine travel free on ski lifts, and there are discounts for kids up until the age of 16.
  • Tipping is not expected in self-service mountain canteens, but many people round the bill up at more formal restaurants.
  • Don’t let your children run riot in public places; bad behavior will be frowned upon (even on the ski slopes).
  • Swiss Ski School Saas Fee
    Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    Sasha H Says:

    The Swiss Ski School was established in 1929 and has been teaching children a love of skiing ever since. There are more than 200 instructors, many multi-lingual, who can teach kids the rudiments of skiing while making it fun to learn using gentle, sunny slopes where the easiest conditions are found. Plus, Wolli, the black-nosed sheep and mascot of Zermatt, often appears on the slopes to greet the kids as they learn to ski.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Both the Swiss Ski School and Stoked are found on Bahnhofstrasse in Zermatt village.
    • Wolli meets the kids every Wednesday afternoon between November and April along Bahnhofstrasse outside the ski school.
    • In summer Wolli leads eco-friendly tours for kids up the Gornergrat Bahn from the Zermatt Tourism office on Bahnhofplatz.
    • Stoked is another ski and boarding school that provides lessons for tiny tots.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Saas-Fee
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Exceptional experience 11/03/2019
    • Swiss ski school 06/03/2019
    • Swiss Ski School Saas Fee
    Address:
    Dorfplatz 1
    Saas-Fee 3906
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 957 23 48
    Other:
  • Gornergrat
    Railways, Lookouts, Scenic Drives
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    Sasha H Says:

    The Gornergrat Bahn is a cog railway that runs right up to the summit of Gornergrat from Zermatt station; it passes through some of the most glorious alpine scenery and the journey lasts around half an hour, meaning even the wriggliest of children will not get bored of staring out at glaciers, sparkling mountain lakes, and the snow-covered peaks of some of Switzerland’s best-known and highest mountains (including the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, and Monte Rose). Once up on the summit of Gornergrat, Wolli the black-nosed sheep is often around to greet youngsters, while patient St Bernard dogs are on hand to share a photo opportunity or two.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Facilities for families at Gornergrat include restaurants and cafes, picnic areas, and gentle hikes during the summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 23 Sights & Landmarks in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cloudy day 17/05/2019
    • Remarkable clear day 16/05/2019
    • Gornergrat
    Address:
    Bahnhofplatz 7
    Bahnhof
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 848 642 442
    Other:
  • Sunnegga
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    Sasha H Says:

    In winter, Wolli’s Park at Sunnegga is a beginner’s ski area with tow ropes and magic carpet lifts, while in the summer it transforms into a wheelchair-accessible adventure park with swings, play areas, and climbing frames. The Leisee Lake at Sunnegga is a paradise for water sports in summer, including swimming and kayaking, with plenty of BBQ points for family picnics too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Get up to Wolli’s Park on the Leisee Shuttle funicular.
    • The skiing at Täsch and Randa is also perfect for beginners.
    • A 3.8km Marmot Trail — suitable for children over the age of four — leads up to Sunnegga from Blauherd; marmot sightings are frequent in spring.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 50 things to do in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take this funicular if the day is not clear enough for a longer (and much more expensive) cable car trip 15/05/2019
    • Skiing 14/04/2019
    • Sunnegga
    Phone:
    +41 27 966 01 01
    Price range:
    US$24 - US$24
    Other:
  • Buffet Bar Sunnegga
    Restaurants (Swiss, European)
    Sasha H Says:

    Conveniently close to the Wolli Park on Sunnegga, Buffet Bar Sunnegga serves up a sturdy menu of simple dishes such as stuffed pasta and piles of french fries, along with choices of salad for a healthier option. It is self-service and the queues can get long but the waiting staff are well accustomed to dealing with the demands of over-excited children and the sunny terrace has awesome views across to the angular peak of the Matterhorn. The restaurant is also close enough to the Leisee Shuttle funicular to carry exhausted toddlers straight back down to Zermatt.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Family-friendly options for eating in the village early evening include the Café du Pont for raclette (fondue of melted cheese, potatoes, and salamis) and tasty plates of rösti.
    • Schwyzer Stübli is also a great choice in the center of the village, serving up lashings of Valais fondue to the accompaniment of traditional Swiss oompah music.
    • The Zermatt Unplugged festival in April sees afternoon live music performances held here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #133 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    • An amazing place to enjoy lunch 21/03/2019
    • "One of the best places to eat on the slopes" 01/03/2019
    • Buffet Bar Sunnegga
    Address:
    Sunnegga 2300 m
    3920 Zermatt
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 30 46
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Forest Fun Park Zermatt
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Sasha H Says:

    Older kids will adore the Forest Fun Park, where they can channel their inner Tarzan while zooming along zip lines through treetops, and soaring over rivers and wire netting (sometimes at 10-12 meters above the ground). There are circuits for all levels of skill and bravery here, as well as a play area for younger toddlers.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There’s a special trail at the park for children aged between four and seven.
    • Forest Fun Park is located near the Zermatt station up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
    • The park is not suitable for anyone under four.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 18 Tours in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing experience for all age groups 25/04/2019
    • Fabulous ropes course 14/11/2018
    • Forest Fun Park Zermatt
    Address:
    Zen Steckenstrasse 110
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 968 10 10
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Other:
  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
    Ski & Snowboard Areas, Tramways
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    Sasha H Says:

    It takes 45 minutes in four stages to climb up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise from Zermatt. At 3,883 meters, this is the highest cable-car station in Europe, which first opened in 1979. First stop on arrival should be the viewing deck to check out the amazing views of the south side of the Matterhorn, plus Mount Blanc, Monte Rosa, and the Italian Alps. Next, discover the glittering ice palace carved out of the Theodul Glacier, where sculptures of ibex and birds of prey are beautifully illuminated in the gloom. There is skiing on the glacier all year round, which is suitable for experienced children, while in summer a special snow-tubing course for kids will see them whizzing down the slopes safely.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The cable-car fare includes access to the observation deck and the ice cave at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
    • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is usually open between 9.30am and 4pm but times vary according to season.
    • The cable car to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is 10 minutes south of the village center.
    • Family facilities include shops, restaurants and a hotel for overnight stays among the alpine peaks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 50 things to do in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • ONCE IN A LIFETIME 20/05/2019
    • The view 17/05/2019
    • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
    Address:
    Postfach 378
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 966 01 01
    Price range:
    US$98 - US$98
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 16:05
    Other:
  • Vernissage
    Bars & Clubs, Movie Theatres, Dance Clubs & Discos
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    Sasha H Says:

    One to keep under your hat for rainy days, Vernissage is Zermatt’s only cinema; a sleek, modern venue in the Backstage Hotel that shows all the latest releases, and includes a family-friendly program for kids early evening. Later on the venue morphs into a bar and nightclub.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Another rainy day tip: Wolli’s Playroom opens on Bahnhofsplatz to help entertain kids when the weather is bad in Zermatt.
    • Vernissage is also home to regular showings of films about conquering the Matterhorn and hosts the Zermatt Unplugged festival in April.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 5 Fun & Games in Zermatt
    • Average drink spot 24/12/2018
    • Coolest Bar in Zermatt 23/04/2018
    • Vernissage
    Address:
    Hofmattstrasse 4
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 966 69 70
    Other:
  • Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
    Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sasha H Says:

    Another bad weather distraction that children will love is Zermatlantis Matterhorn Museum, even if it’s only for the fact that the museum leads Hobbit-like underground from its glass dome entrance. Tracing the history of Zermatt’s growth from rural backwater to international ski resort — in the form of an archaeological dig — the museum also charts many expeditions up the legendary Matterhorn. Most kids will be fascinated by the genuine snapped climbing rope from one ill-fated attempt at the summit in 1865, as well as the models showing today’s climbing routes up the mountain.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Check the museum opening times before visiting as they vary widely throughout the year.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 50 things to do in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 20/05/2019
    • Surprise! 15/05/2019
    • Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
    Address:
    Kirchplatz 11
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 41 00
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Other:
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