How to get to Lake Stellisee from Zermatt and the 5 lakes hike!

With Crystal clear water and beautiful views, this lake is located near Zermatt. The Lake Stellisee is located at an elevation of 2537 metres. The famous Matterhorn reflects on the water’s surface, simply magical.

in this blog, we will dive into how to get to this beautiful lake from Zermatt and share our experiences. Also, we will inform you about the popular 5 lake hike!

Stellisee near Zermatt with matterhorn reflection
The Matterhorn is reflected in the beautiful Stellisee

How do you get to Lake Stellisee from Zermatt?

The easiest way to reach Lake Stellisee from Zermatt is by taking the Sunnega funicular railway and then you continue by foot. This path is beautiful and the views are stunning.

Another possibility to reach Lake Stellisee from Zermatt, to save some hiking time is by taking the Blauherd cable car and then just walking a small part of the other hike, this will only take around 20 minutes.

What are the Entry Fees of Lake Stellisee?

The entree fee is free. This magical destination is always open and freely accessible. Of course, you do need to take the cable car or funicular to reach this destination.

Stellisee near Zermatt

For whom is Lake Stellissee suitable?

Luckily the hiking trail is easy and well accessible for almost everyone. It only takes you around 20 minutes to reach the lake from the Blauherd summit station. Luckily the hike is not particularly steep.

Good to know: it is quite intense and difficult to navigate your way through the mountain trail with a stroller or a wheelchair.

Is Lake Stellisee Worth Visiting?

Yes, Lake Stellissee is an absolute must-visit. The reflection of the Matterhorn in the crystal clear water is breathtaking. For photographers this place is a must. Taking a picture of the reflection of the Matterhorn from this lake is awesome too. We recommend you to visit this lake!

You will probably also be interested to read more about everything Zermatt has to offer, read our other blogs here! Also interesting, is how to reach the Matterhorn from Zermatt!

What time to visit Lake Stellisee?

This is a good question, the best time to visit Lake Stellisee is early in the morning or later in the evening if you’d love a romantic spot. The sunset or sunrise is incredibly beautiful.

However, this place is beautiful throughout the day, especially on hot summer days, it is lovely and refreshing to cool down in this mountain water.

What is the 5 lakes hike near Zermatt?

A popular hiking trail that will lead you along lakes. During this hike, you will see some of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland. In three of the lakes, you will see the majestic reflection of the Matterhorn. The trail is very diverse and this makes it interesting in our opinion.

The trail duration is estimated at around 2 hours and 30 minutes. In our case, it took us around 3-3.5 hours as we took many pictures. It is signified as a medium level of difficulty, there are quite some altitude meters, from ascending around 150 meters but descending almost 450 metres.

The distance of this hike is 9.8 kilometres. This route is perfect for families too, it is recommended for ages 6 and older.

Route description of the 5 lakes hike near Zermatt

The hike will guide you along several lakes: the Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grunsee, Moosjisee and the Leisee. The beautiful thing is that all these lakes are unique and different. Not only in shape but also in colour, and size and they all have their special attraction.

In some lakes you can swim for example the Leisee or the Grunsee. The Grunsee is particularly good for photography of the rugged landscape, with stone pines growing in the surroundings. The Leisee has the best spot for a picnic, we had some lovely sunny weather during our afternoon picnic.

If you love flowers, especially in summer and spring, the Grindjisee is home to unique and special flowers. Each lake, as you now understand has something unique to offer. It is even cooler that you will see them all during this 9.8-kilometre hike!

Okay, so you start at the summit station the Blauherd, then you hike to Stellisee, then to Grindjisee, then to Grunsee, Moosjisee, Leisee and ending at Sunnegga. You can easily follow signposts with the 5 Seenweg.

What to wear during the 5 lakes hike near Zermatt?

Of course, proper footwear is very important. If you’d like some reassurance and stability, consider buying or hiring some hiking poles, we love them for some additional stability. We love these hiking poles, easy to take with you during the hike.

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Because of the rapidly changing conditions, prepare yourself and take an umbrella, rain clothing and some warmer clothing with you. Check out these all-season pants, they are awesome.

As you have already read, there are possibilities to swim in some lakes, so take swimwear with you and perhaps a towel. During hikes, we always take these fast-drying and light towels.

Like we did, you can have a lovely picnic at the Leisee, so take some picnic equipment with you!


In conclusion, Lake Stellisee is a must-visit. It is easily accessible and after around 20 minutes of hiking, you reach the lake. The stunning reflection of the great Matterhorn is the finishing touch of this design.

In this blog, we also inform you about the 5 lakes hike near Zermatt. This hike takes you along 5 beautiful lakes: Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grunsee, Moosjisee and the Leisee. It is a 9.8 km hike but you are rewarded with special views and lush greenery. We hope you will have a lovely time exploring this magical destination.


Maurits love affair with Switzerland started on his first visit to Switzerland and still continues today. He visits Switzerland often and enjoys writing about his discoveries and sharing his tips with fellow travellers.

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