It is easy to see why one of the most famous hikes in Zermatt, Switzerland is the 5 Lakes trail. The views of the Matterhorn from the lakes are simply amazing. A few of the lakes you can get a clear reflection of the Matterhorn.
The 5 lakes trail follows a path by five lakes : Grindjisee , Stellisee, Moosjisee, Grünsee, and Leisee. The hiking level is not difficult and suitable for children. There is a playground at Leisee , along with an area to enjoy a picnic all while taking in the views of the Matterhorn.
The Matterhorn Bergbahnen is about a five minute ride from Zermatt up to Sunnegga. From Sunnegga you can take the gondola up Blauherd that will drop you off near the start of the trail.
Before hoping on the gondola up to Blauherd you may want to consider a stop at the Sunnegga self-service buffet bar . It is the perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee whilst soaking in the views (and maybe a chocolate Toblerone too).
In the summertime this trail can be quite crowded so you may want to consider getting an early start. We were one of the first ones up the mountain and had the trail mostly to ourselves.
Almost every turnout there is a magnificent view of the Matterhorn, no wonder this is one of the most famous hikes in Zermatt.
Even the not so seasoned hiker will be able to enjoy the trail. The trail winds through out the mountains but never seemed overly difficult. There are many places along the way to stop, enjoy a little break and soak in the views.
For the Adventurous ones (or tired hiking legs), a ride down the mountain is a great way to finish the hike. During the summer months, you can rent a mountain cart to take you down the mountain. I would recommended this for children 12+, as the incline is steep and the carts go quite fast! We had an absolute blast riding down the mountain and would definitely advise to give it a go!
The reflections of the Matterhorn from many of these lakes is simply jaw-dropping. The 5 Lakes Trail is a photographers dream, a hike not to be missed while visiting Zermatt.