Switzerland With Kids: A Unique Day in Zermatt Switzerland With Kids: A Unique Day in Zermatt Switzerland With Kids: A Unique Day in Zermatt Switzerland With Kids: A Unique Day in Zermatt
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ITINERARY (Full Day)

Zermatt

Gornergrat

nugget’s Advice

Prepare in advance
Prepare in advance

Pack lightly. The town of Zermatt is car-free, so you might have to walk a little with your luggage to get to your accommodation.

Good to know
Good to know

The destination Zermatt-Matterhorn has been bestowed with the "Families Are Welcome" Award since 2013.

Recommended time of the year
Recommended time of the year

Zermatt and Gornergrat can be enjoyed year-round. For skiing, you want to visit in the winter or early spring. The late spring (once the snow has melted), summer and fall are terrific times of the year for hiking.

About This Day

When your oldest child asks several times during your vacation if you could move to Zermatt permanently, you know you've found a special place. Car-free Zermatt should be on everyone's list when visiting Switzerland with kids. Spend the morning exploring the cute little streets in town, before taking your children on Europe’s highest open-air cog railway. If the train ride itself isn't already spectacular enough, wait until you reach the Gornergrat observation platform at close to 3,100 meters (10,164 feet). Enjoy the stunning views, play in the snow (if you visit in the winter), and then finish this perfect family adventure with a delicious hot chocolate. We are now officially and deeply in love with Zermatt and we will be back for sure!
Zermatt
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Zermatt

53 Hinterdorfstrasse, Zermatt
FREE
Zermatt is a truly magical place. The main shopping area is fairly compact, but the pretty little streets invite exploration. And there are plenty of treasures to discover, including the historic part of town, where you will find beautiful wooden buildings from between the 16th and 18th centuries. Some of these buildings are raised from the ground and perched on rocks - an impressive feat of engineering!
DIRECTIONS You aren't allowed to drive in Zermatt, so leave your rental car behind. Zermatt can easily be reached by train from Täsch. The trains run frequently and there are trolleys for your luggage. We didn't make any reservations and walked straight onto a carriage when we arrived at the station. We kept our little one in the pushchair during our train ride. The journey is about 12 minutes and a really pretty ride through the snowy countryside.
Gornergrat
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Gornergrat

, Zermatt
$$$
Gornergrat is an observation platform at 3,098 meters (10,164 feet) that offers spectacular 360-degree views of Switzerland's mountains, including the Pennine Alps, the Gorner Glacier and the Matterhorn. It's one of the most amazing panorama views you'll never forget. Once you've soaked up all there is to see, head to the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate on the terrace.
DIRECTIONS From Zermatt, take the train up to Gornergrat. The ride itself is almost as spectacular as Gornergrat itself, as you are riding the highest open-air rail track in Europe.
TIP Sit on the side of the train nearest the platform to have the best view. Also, on our way up, for a bit extra (the extra cost is CHF 5 per adult) you can get priority boarding and access the train early. It was nice to get situated with our pushchair without being rushed by the crowds. On the way down our priority pass didn't do as much good. Everyone just got on when they wanted.
La Ginabelle Hotel

La Ginabelle Hotel

52 Vispastrasse, Zermatt
$$$$
CribHigh chairToysPoolFree Wi-FiRoom service
WE LOVEDWe received such a warm reception when we arrived, with welcome bags for the children that included activity books and treats. The hotel is really well organised and Marianne helped tremendously in making our trip very easy. We also had a tour of the facilities, which includes a cosy piano bar, kids club, lovely restaurant and beautiful spa.
STAYED02 April, 2019 with 3 month old, 5 month old, 2 year old

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