Zermatt, a village located at the foot of the Matterhorn. Its development is closely linked to the summit, which is probably one of the most famous mountains in the world. This car-free holiday village has retained its original character and offers countless possibilities for excursions.
The location of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the heart of a vast hiking area and ski, making Zermatt one of the most attractive holiday resorts in the world. Its ski area includes 54 ski lifts and chair lifts and 360 kilometers of pistes. The region “Matterhorn Glacier Paradise” is the ski area was the largest and highest in Europe. Many national ski teams train there.
The region is also quite known to alpinists: it is here that ends the Haute Route, an international itinerary of several days starting from the Mont Blanc region and ending in Zermatt. More than 400 km of trails traverse through the Matter valley and lead beyond, such as partially paved mule tracks from the 13th century.
Summer or Winter: When to go?
Hiking, biking, climbing and high-Alpine tours are the popular activities in summer and autumn. The 4000 meters attract annually more climbers. But the 400 km of hiking trails also allows visitors to discover quietly the beauty of the mountain around Zermatt. The rack railway takes you from Zermatt to the Gornergrat peak at 3089 meters. From there you will discover a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn, the glaciers and the Monte Rose massif. The highest cable car in Europe takes you to 3883 m high and allows you to discover a fascinating panorama of the Matterhorn (4478m) and the Swiss, Italian and French Alps. 15 meters below the surface of the glacier, you can admire the ice palace. Six ski lifts and a cable car serving the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest summer ski zone in the Alps on the Theodul glacier.
In winter, the ski area whose snow is assured offers 360 km of tracks in three very different areas: the Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat-Stockhorn, Black Lake and Matterhorn glacier paradise. Snowboarders and freestylers find their happiness in Zermatt Snowpark which also train the Olympics candidates. And, if you like to change, you can try paragliding or heli-skiing outside the prepared ski slopes, accompanied by an experienced mountain guide.