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Zermatt & The Matterhorn Walking Holidays

The alpine town of Zermatt sits at an altitude of 1,600m in the shadow of the Matterhorn. Zermatt is known as a premium skiing resort however between July and September there is a real buzz on the 400km of hiking trails as walkers take in views of the majestic peaks.  

Macs Adventure has been creating trips in Switzerland since 2008, have the freedom to create your own itinerary and the knowledge that our team have the expertise to tailor-make this trip to perfectly suit you, you can book your walking holiday in Switzerland with confidence. 

With 38 peaks over 4,000m, untouched nature and plentiful wildlife, the area around Zermatt and the Matterhorn is fantastic for walking. We want to help you explore this area full of drama and wild places. You can discover the region on our Glacier Express Rail and Hike, hike along some of the most spectacular trails and catch a ride with the Glacier Express, one of Europe's most beautiful train journey. Walk one of the classic treks of Europe on the Tour of the Matterhorn or along the challenging Walkers Haute Route. Each one has been meticulously crafted to ensure you have the best possible experience in the region.

Discover Zermatt and the Matterhorn

  • About Zermatt
    About Zermatt

    Zermatt is located at the foot of the 'Toblerone mountain', the Matterhorn. It is at the centre of an enormous hiking and ski region makes it one of the world's most attractive vacation villages.

    The region is legendary amongst mountaineers: the Haute Route, a challenging international route that takes several days to complete, leads from Mont Blanc to Zermatt which you can choose to complete in one go or you can break it up over 2 stages if time does not permit to walk the full trail.

    Over 400 kilometres of hiking trails lead through and out of the Matter Valley, including the mule traders' trails, which date back to the 13th century (a part of these paths is paved). The region is also infamous for skiing, encompassing 54 mountain railways and lifts as well as 360 kilometres of pistes.

    Discover the glacier paradise, as Zermatt is home to Europe's largest and highest lying summer skiing region if  you are tempted to give your legs a break from walking and want to buckle up some skies for a day of summer skiing

  • Local Cuisine
    Local Cuisine

    Älplermagronen

    A traditional all-in-one pasta, potato and cheese dish that originates from the German part of Switzerland. The classic version is made by layering cooked potatoes and macaroni with cream and cheese, before baking it in the oven. People usually serve it with fried onion rings and a stewed apple sauce on top. The dish sometimes comes with bacon, too. Whatever ingredients you include, though, Älplermakkaronen is a seriously hearty meal that warms you up a treat.

    Fondue

    Fondue in Switzerland may seem clichéd, but it is indelibly woven into the country’s fabric. It is a must-have for any local or visitor to the country from autumn to spring. Dunk rustic country bread into melted cheeses, infused with lashings of wine and garlic, bubbling over an open flame. Pair yours with white wine and chase it with schnapps or tea for an epic meal.

    Rosti

    Thinly grated potatoes, pan-fried until crisp and golden, rosti is one of Switzerland’s iconic national dishes. Served steaming in a ceramic dish, Rosti Valaisanne is a delightfully addictive mash-up of rosti topped with salty bacon, fried egg, and melted raclette cheese, served alongside tangy gherkins and pickled pearl onions.

    Raclette

    Raclette is a local cheese customarily grilled slowly over a fire, with layer-by-melted-layer sliced off to blanket boiled potatoes, pickles and onions. Contemporary raclette machines make grilling commonplace in Swiss homes, where friends gather for hours, waiting for slices of raclette to melt, while drinking copious glasses of local Fendant wine.

    Zurcher Geschnetzeltes

    Zurich-style diced veal is an iconic national dish that makes a hearty lunch. Made of sliced veal, calves’ kidneys and sweetbreads sautéed in a gravy of onions, butter, white wine, cream, and mushrooms. The mixture of cream laced with wine over veal, Zurcher geschnetzeltes as it’s known in Swiss-German dialect, is a delight.

  • Why Choose Macs Adventure to book your Walking Holiday in Switzerland?
    Why Choose Macs Adventure to book your Walking Holiday in Switzerland?

    Macs Adventure has been running self-guided walking holidays in Swizterland since 2008Whether you like mountains and hills, lakes, rivers and glaciers, dreamy villages and well preserved medieval cities, Switzerland has something to offer for everyone. This abundance of wonderful places to explore lead us to seek out more and more areas where we could help people to discover Switzerland on foot. 

    From humble beginnings, we now send over 2000 walkers to Switzerland every year, each walking the route that excites them the most. We provide the freedom to choose your route, itinerary and travel companions and discover Switzerland at your own pace. 

    We know how daunting it can be, setting off on an adventure of this scale and we quickly realised how important it was to have amazing partners on the ground in Switzerland to deal with any issues that you might come across.  We are proud to say that we work incredibly closely with all our accommodation suppliers and luggage transfer teams and should you have the slightest issue, they will fall over themselves to help you out. 

    We offer a flexible, tailor-made hiking experience that gets you in comfortable, friendly overnight accommodation in local B&Bs and guesthouses. We carry your bags to lighten your load so you can concentrate on simply putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the unique culture, food and scenery of Switzerland. No hostels, no leaky tents, no heavy bags on your back just a straightforward active holiday that you can book with confidence that we have it all covered for you. 

    We want to showcase our expertise, by giving you all the resources you will ever need.  In the planning stage, we have free guides, comprehensive videos and a host of staff with their own Swiss experiences, waiting to answer your questions. On the route, we use high-quality digital mapping as well as the best maps and guidebooks to make sure you find your way.  

    We love the diversity of walking in Switzerland and our main aim is to make sure that you do too.  

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