When I’m in Zermatt, I love to walk along to the Gorner gorge. This is a lovely deep gorge cut by the river, and now has a footpath hung on the side of the gorge so that you can walk along and see the views. To get to the gorge, walk through the town away from the railway station, towards the Matterhorn. As you walk our of the back of the town, you will see signs for the Gorner gorge. To get to it, cross the river and walk along with the river on your right.
There is a small entrance fee, but once you’re in, the views are amazing.
The gorge is mostly lined with a wooden walkway, suspended from the gorge walls. There are a number of steps, so bear this in mind. The views from the walkways are fantastic, of the trees and the water rushing past below. Also, there are lots of waterfalls as you walk through the gorge.
The walk takes you through the gorge, and you climb out of the other side up steps past the waterfalls. Once through, you can either go back the way you came, or it is possible to walk through the alpine meadows and back into Zermat, making a nice round walk. There are plenty of signs around giving directions and distances.
The route back to town is not particularly challanging, but has some spectacular sights, from alpine plants to the view of the Matterhorn and back over Zermatt itself.
If you’re in the area, I would recommend you take a look at the gorge, it’s well worth the time!