Grächen - St. Niklaus


Grächen – a fairytale. The mountain village is situated on a broad sun terrace, high above the Zermatt valley, at an altitude of 1,620 m. It extends a particularly warm welcome to families, and offers a lively programme that contrasts with the neighbouring resort of Zermatt.

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Grächen is not only an attractive destination because of its natural beauty, but also due to its numerous leisure facilities and the extremely child-friendly infrastructure, ranging from a children’s restaurant via the Native Indian fort to the entertainment programme. In Grächen, the children are magically turned into princes and princesses, while the parents can relax in regal style.


Families can set up camp individually in the Native Indian village on Hannigalp. The authentically furnished tepee tents, with a stake and fireplace, reflect the charm of the prairie, and allow children to immerse themselves in the adventures of the Wild West.

On the exclusive Ravensburger Spieleweg – a games trail – families can combine an enjoyable walk with exciting games. Playing with the ‘crazy labyrinth’ or the ‘Matterhorn climber’ turns a family hike into an afternoon of games. Each of the 16 huts and games stations becomes a stage on the way to the final destination.

There is also guaranteed fun at the adventure playground ‘Robis playground in the forest. In the haunted house, on the giant slide, and on the fairytale-themed walk, all the dreams of adventure come true.

Grächen has a reputation as an outstanding area for walking. Passionate hikers appreciate the 250 km network of walking trails which covers the forest, the mountain lake, burbling irrigation channels, and the entrance to the snout of the glacier. The Hannigalp (2,100 m) is the heart of the hiking region: it links the mountain path to Saas-Fee with the Europaweg (Europe Trail) between Zermatt and Grächen – the most famous and beautiful mountain hiking trails in the Alps.


  • Ravensburger Games Trail – A playful walk along the Ravensburg Games Trail: 16 games huts and stations, ranging from ‘memory’ to ‘snakes and ladders’
  • The family parks in and around Grächen are a highlight for children and adults alike. This region is ideal for hiking tours with the whole family, and numerous pleasant spots invite to take a relaxing break.
  • As of the winter season 2011/12, Grächen’s guests are taken to the skiing and hiking region of Hannigalp in the fairytale cable car where they experience the largest and most beautiful SiSu family park of Switzerland.
  • Swisscom Skimovie – the best souvenir of your skiing holiday: film your personal ski and snowboard performance on the Swisscom Skimovie slope, download the skimovie free of charge on the same evening and share it with your friends!
  • The Hannigalp now features a free wireless zone – take a break on the mountaintop and surf the Internet free of charge at your leisure.
  • Fondue in the cable car at night – round off a winter day enjoying a cozy ride and a cheese fondue dinner accompanied by a glass of fine white wine.
  • How about an internship with the slope manager and the snow makers – a unique experience for young and old, and a childhood dream come true for all winter sports enthusiasts.

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