The journey to Zermatt is in itself an experience! First you take the train, which includes a kids’ carriage with play area, to Visp. From there you take the Matterhorn Gotthard train. There is plenty to see and discover on this journey. In Zermatt, the famous Zermatt electric cars await you, another highlight for the little ones. And if you don't want to bring your pram with you, you can easily rent one on site.
Our hotel has family rooms and apartments with enough space for you to play. With up to 60m2, they include two separate bedrooms, a bathroom and a small living area. The Deluxe Apartment is even more luxurious and spacious; with a large living-dining area including a fireplace, modern kitchen, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a small laundry room with washing machine and dryer. In the former Gädi, we call it the SchlossCottage, there is plenty of space spread over 3 floors and the in-house Home Cinema makes not only kid's hearts beat faster. Last but not least, there is our Penthouse. Enjoy pure luxury with three to four bedrooms for six to eight people including balcony and Matterhorn view. With up to 200m2 you will find a spacious living-dining area with fireplace, kitchen, separate bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as a small laundry room with washing machine and dryer.
Upon request, I personally fly the baby cots into your room. Free of charge, of course - both my service and the bed. Extra beds for children are then brought to your room by our team. These cost extra from the age of six.
We also have a playroom where kids and adults meet. I like to hang out there myself and steal the ball from the guests playing table tennis and table football. When playing darts, an arrow sometimes flies in a completely different direction, and when playing snooker, I love to retrieve the ball after it has been potted and put it back on the table. Usually the adults look incredulous; but the children find it wonderful to watch the floating ball.
Our pool as well as our family sauna may also be visited by children; however, our famous SchlossSpa is only accessible from the age of 16. The same applies to our fitness, although yoga and fitness classes may be attended from the age of 12.
For those who prefer to play outside, there are several playgrounds in the area to choose from. For example, the newly built "Obere Matten", which is only a five-minute walk from the hotel. Or the Winkelmatte, 30 minutes away, which is particularly suitable for children from around the age of six.
Then there is the Forest Funpark which is perfect for the whole family. Everyone has fun on five different courses and the largest kids' trail in Switzerland - and a little thrill is included.
Discovering the mountains with children is really easy and uncomplicated in Zermatt. Everything can be reached quickly and on foot. It is possible to travel by train and gondola, which offer variety. The following hikes are particularly recommended: from Zermatt over the wooden footbridges through the Gorner Gorge to the mountain restaurant, Blatten and adjoining playground. Then it's off on a detour to the Ricola Garden. There I learned about the 13 herbs which are used to create the fine Swiss herbal drops. Another option is to take the Sunnegga funicular, then head along the marmot trail to Leisee Lake and the playground and then back with the funicular. I also love the gondola trip up to Furi, from there to the suspension bridge, over the Gorner Gorge and then to the glacier garden with forest playground. Another great hike is via the Air Zermatt heliport to Täsch, then on to Schalisee Lake and back to Zermatt. And if all these adventures make you hungry, the following mountain restaurants are particularly suitable for a visit with children: Findlerhof (Findeln), Fluhalp (Rothorn), Blatten (Furi), Al Bosco (Gornergrat) and Gitz-Gädi (Furi). There are also great programs for families in winter. For a relaxed day of skiing, the best place is Sunnegga-Wolli. There is a beginners' park in a sunny and sheltered location. The slopes are easy and there is a wide choice of nice mountain restaurants. My tip: The "Beginner Ski Pass", which is valid for Zermatt-Sunnegga, Sunnegga-Blauherd, Eisfluh, Findel lift and the Leisee shuttle.
I also love to skate and can recommend our artificial ice rink.
If you prefer to enjoy a winter hike, the circular trail from Riedweg via the Rätselweg to the playground in Winkelmatten is a good choice. Or take the Gornergrat train to Rotenboden and then to the Igloo Village. Alex and his children used to take the funicular up to Sunnegga and then walk to Tufteren. If you are lucky, you can even see deer and chamois.
Like us at the SchlossHotel, Zermatt's restaurants are also very family-friendly. We can especially recommend the following places: Sonnmatten with its beautiful terrace including a garden and playground, and the cute Italian restaurant Grampis which has many photos from days gone by on the ceilings and walls. The Italian restaurant, Molino, is also family-friendly and has a large outdoor area where kids can play. Then there is Avena which boasts good home-style cooking and an informal atmosphere.
You see, I love children, but I also understand that parents need a moment for themselves. That's when the Alpine Nanny is happy to step in, supported by me of course. I'm looking forward to it!