Zermatt

Valais

Zermatt

Zermatt

Sunnegga, Zermatt

Sunnegga, Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt

Fondue in Zermatt

Fondue in Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt

Kickbike Zermatt

Kickbike Zermatt

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Ried: Zermatt

Ried: Zermatt

Zermatt: Gornergrat

Zermatt: Gornergrat

Stafel: Matterhorn

Stafel: Matterhorn

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Kirche

Zermatt: Kirche

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt › Süd-West: Matterhorn

Zermatt › Süd-West: Matterhorn

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt: Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Zermatt: Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The town's touristic development is closely linked to what is most probably the world's most famous mountain. The vacation destination is a car-free zone, has preserved its original character and offers nearly unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned.

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The location of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes it one of the world's most attractive vacation villages. The ski region encompasses 54 mountain railways and lifts as well as 360 kilometers of pistes. The region called "Matterhorn glacier paradise" is Europe's largest and highest lying summer skiing region. Numerous national ski teams train here in the summer.

The region is legendary amongst mountaineers: the Haute Route, a challenging international route that takes several days to complete, leads from Mont Blanc to Zermatt. Over 400 kilometers of hiking trails lead through and out of the Matter Valley, including the mule traders' trails, which date back to the 13th century (a part of these paths is paved).

Summer

Walking, cycling, climbing and high-Alpine tours are popular activities in summer and autumn. Every year, the four-thousand-metre summits attract many Alpinists. 400 km of walking trails also guide guests who are not overly adept at climbing through the mountainscape around Zermatt.

The cog railway operates between Zermatt and the 3089-metre-high Gornergrat. The summit offers up spectacular views of the Matterhorn, the glaciers and the Monte-Rosa massif.

At 3883 metres in altitude, Europe’s highest vantage point able to be reached by cableway also offers a fascinating panoramic vista of the Matterhorn (4478 metres) and summits of the Swiss, Italian and French Alps. The glacier palace can be admired 15 metres beneath the ice surface. Six ski lifts as well as a cableway provide access to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest summer ski region of the Alps on the Theodul glacier.

Highlights

  • Gornergrat – a cog railway wends its way up the mountain to an altitude of 3089 metres; a magnificent panorama.
  • Matterhorn Museum – houses the items of equipment used during the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 which ended tragically.
  • Matterhorn glacier paradise – the highest place in Europe (3883 m) able to be reached by a cableway, with a viewing platform and the highest glacier palace in the world.
  • Gorner gorge – a footpath across narrow bridges and steps as well as a fixed rope route guide visitors through the deeply scarped gorge.
  • Village of Findeln – original Valais settlement with a small chapel; it has Switzerland’s highest rye crop fields at an altitude of 2100 metres.

Top Events

  • Horu Trophy Zermatt - The Horu Trophy is one of Europe’s largest Open Air Curling-Tournaments (January)
  • Matterhorn Ultraks Skialp – Ski tour races in breathtaking mountain scenery (March/April every two years)
  • Patrouille des Glaciers – a cult ski mountaineering race from Zermatt to Verbier via Arolla (April, every other year).
  • Zermatt Unplugged – International stars at the Matterhorn (April)
  • Gornergrat – Zermatt Marathon – a race to the Riffelberg with an altitude difference of 1,853m (July).
  • Matterhorn Eagle Cup – Golf Tournament in the alpine landscape of the Gornergrat region (July)
  • Swiss Food Festival – Feasting at the highest level (August)
  • Matterhorn Ultraks Trail – trail running at the foot of the Matterhorn (August).
  • Folklore Festival – Grand Folklore Pageant in the Village (August)
  • Zermatt Music Festival & Academy – The classical music and arts festival with soloists and ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonics (August/September)
  • Perskindol Swiss Epic – a six-day mountain bike stage race (September).

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