Going up the mountains for a view can be an expensive outing in glitzy Zermatt. For the budget traveller, an affordable yet scenic option is to take the underground funicular to Sunnegga, followed by a cable car to Blauherd.
These different modes of transport share the same interchange station with times that allow for good connections.
The 5-Seenweg is a fairly easy walk from Blauherd passing 5 lakes with views of the Matterhorn along the way. With a suggested time of 2.5 hours over 9 km, it is a great half-day activity to enjoy the area's wonderful scenery at an affordable price.
The first lake is Stellisee, which is a good place for a break and to spot the Matterhorn.
The track gently rolls downhill towards the next few lakes.
Grindjisee was not calm enough to reflect the Matterhorn today, but you can still enjoy a picnic here.
Grunsee is located at 2300m and looks green due to water from springs in the area. Red flowers covered the landscape in the cool autumn air.
After Grunsee, the track got a bit more complicated with several forks and a downhill stretch through the forest. Construction was happening noisily in the valley below.
Moosjisee lies at 2140m and looks milky due to its glacial feed. After this lake, it is a strenuous climb to the finish.
After the long ascent, the final lake, Leisee, came into view.
After all that walking, hop onto the funicular for the final ascent back to Blauherd station.
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