About Sunnegga and Rothorn
Available: July - September.
Half Fare Card or Swiss Travel Pass: 39 Sfr from Zermatt
A wonderful day out in Sunnegga, Blauherd and Rothorn with a choice of scenic spots in which to enjoy the amazing views of the Matterhorn. You will also be able to take delightful walks and visit picturesque mountain lakes. The summit boasts views of the 38 peaks with an altitude of over 4,000m which surround Zermatt.
Journeys to the mountain
Zermatt has an excellent network of mountain transport. This is just one recommended route with several different alpine beauty spots to explore.
The first stage of travel is on a funicular which travels under the mountain! You leave the village of Zermatt and emerge just before the Sunnegga station at 2,288m. The second stage is in a 4 person gondola which offers lovely views and takes you to Blauherd at 2,571m. The final stage is by a larger cable car - again with fantastic views. You'll arrive at the Rothorn station at a breathtaking 3,103m.
There is a rustic restaurant at the Sunnegga station. The Buffet Bar Sunnegga is a perfect spot in which to enjoy a local delicacy and a glass of wine. The large sun terrace also offers up impressive views of the Matterhorn.
The Rothorn Pizzeria-Restaurant offers Italian style cuisine and enjoys one of the most captivating vantage points in the area, from 3,100m. It's a short distance from the station to the restaurant which also has a fabulous sun terrace.
Throughout the area you will find scenic picnic spots.
The Five Lakes Walk is one of the most picturesque which you can enjoy in this region. Starting from either Sunnegga or Blauherd, the trail is just over 9km and will take around 5½ hours. En route you will see 5 mountain lakes, some with the captivating reflection of the Matterhorn in the water, others surounded by colourful alpine flowers. You can even swim!
Another route between Sunnegga and Blauherd is the Marmot Trail. This takes about 3 hours and leads past four observation points with information boards. This is a particularly good area for discovering the world of the comical alpine marmots at close quarters.
Up at the Rothorn peak there are some more challenging hikes, although a short, fairly easy one is the walk around the 'Peak Collection' with 18 outdoor sculptures. You can also try the highest hiking trail in Europe, leading from Rothorn to one of Zermatt's most impressive viewpoints on the Oberrothorn. Once there, you will be greeted by a view taking in 38 four-thousand-metre peaks in three different countries.
On certain days throughout the summer you can experience something truly magnificent: sunrise behind the mountaintops from your vantage point on the Rothorn. The journey begins very early - but the views are certainly worth it!
This is bookable locally and the package includes a hearty breakfast in the restaurant at the Rothorn summit station.
Wolli adventure park
Wolli is the sheep mascot who appears in and around Zermatt during the ski and summer seasons.
Wolli's playground is located at Leisee lake, a short walk from the Sunnegga station. There's plenty of activities to keep the children happy and the views are simply beautiful. You can also swim in the lake and make use of the barbecue areas.
The underground funicular departs every 10-20 minutes from the centre of Zermatt and transports you to Sunnegga. The funicular has longer operating dates than the cable cars, so you can also enjoy it in June and the first half of October.
From Sunnegga, a cable car take you to Blauherd after which another cable car takes you to the Rothorn.