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.
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. In Grächen, the children are magically turned into princes and princesses, while the parents can relax in regal style.
With 42 km of pistes, the skiing region is easy to navigate, snow-assured up to 2,858 m altitude, and impresses with its majestic scenery. The highest Swiss mountains are so close one could almost touch them. Mogul pistes and a fun park complete the range of facilities on offer. 38 km of winter walking paths, a toboggan run and 23 km of snowshoe trails also tempt non-skiers to venture out into the snow-covered winter landscape.
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.