As soon as you arrive in Zermatt, you catch a glimpse of the golden-yellow larch forests surrounding the charming mountain village. They offer a taste of what awaits you in Zermatt in autumn: breath-taking experiences of nature, the magical silence of the mountains and of course the Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world. Have you tasted it in its chocolate form yet? If not, get a bar of one of Switzerland’s most famous chocolates with you – you’ll get such amazing photo opportunities, your Instagram will explode.
Matterhorn towers mythically over Zermatt. At 4,478 metres, you can't really miss it. When you arrive in the village, one thing's clear: there's no place for the everyday stress of life here. Only small electric vehicles are allowed in the car-free mountain village. The air is clear, the sun is on your face. Your holiday can begin.
Here are our picks for top things to do and see in Zermatt in the fall:
Hike & bike through Zermatt’s unrivalled scenery
Zermatt is popular with outdoors fans – especially in autumn. More than 400 kilometres of hiking trails, dozens of bike trails, diverse family activities and a large choice of renowned restaurants wait to be discovered in the village and on the mountain. All this in a high alpine landscape that is second to none.
Even enthusiastic skiers get their money's worth in autumn: high up on the glacier, from the end of October the latest ski models for the upcoming winter season can be tested on perfectly prepared slopes at the Ski Test.
Bask in the iconic Toblerone mountain
Zermatt in autumn is all about nature. You can reach the peaks around Zermatt in state-of-the-art cable cars. The choice is yours: the Rothorn beckons with a postcard view of the Matterhorn. The Gornergrat is legendary with its cosy rack railway – the highest outdoor rack railway in the world –and the Matterhorn glacier paradise at 3,883 metres takes you very close to the glaciers.
Fantastic views on the way to the peaks around Zermatt © Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Once you reach the top, the experience really begins. The Gornergrat and the Rothorn are your ideal starting points for spectacular hikes and bike tours.
Feeling romantic? Charming mountain lakes that reflect the Matterhorn await, set in varied landscapes – from impressive glaciers to deep gorges. Maybe you'll even meet an iconic black-nosed sheep below the Gornergrat or find the dizzying suspension bridge on your tour?
Make sure to take a detour to the new "Zooom the Matterhorn" » multimedia experience on the Gornergrat. You can immerse yourself in the "Myth of the Matterhorn" and actually follow climbers at the top of the mountain using an innovative periscope.
Go beyond food: the Zermatt exquisite culinary scene
Your options to explore in Zermatt are limitless. But don't rush from one scenic view to the next. Take your time, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the vitamin D intake and bask in the unforgettable views. This is slow living at its finest.
Zermatt is the mountain village with the highest density of gourmet restaurants in the world – foodies will love it here. So take a break in one of the mountain restaurants during your tour of the mountain world and simply enjoy the view before your hike or bike descent continues.
An autumn break with the family in Zermatt? A perfect plan!
Want a family friendly AND a budget-friendly holiday? You got it! With the Wolli Card, children up to the age of 9 can even enjoy a free holiday. The ZERMATTERS Kids Camp is also a highlight for children and teenagers. Guided by professionals they can discover the mountain world, try out new sports and experience action-packed autumn holidays.
Zermatt is also a paradise for families © Pascal Gertschen
Zermatt is not just a paradise for ambitious athletes and food connoisseurs. Families are also regular guests at many Zermatt hotels. They appreciate the hospitality in this family destination and the varied activities especially designed for kids.
Leave the city fog behind and enjoy the mountains
It's no secret: autumn in Switzerland is best in the mountains. What could be better than enjoying the sun high up in the mountains and looking down on a sea of fog from above?
With Zermatt's Hike Weeks Summer Extended you get great offers for your hiking holidays during the most beautiful autumn weeks, while enthusiastic mountain bikers will be in their element thanks to Bike Weeks Summer Extended.
Enjoy the most beautiful time of year in Zermatt: the BIG Summer Extended © Pascal Gertschen
See you soon – we can't wait to enjoy the BIG Summer grand finale in Zermatt together with you!Take me to Zermatt right now