Ski Resort in Switzerland


Zermatt is one of the most famous mountain resorts in Switzerland. Zermatt ski resort is considered by many to be one of the best resorts in Europe. 

The views across many of the European ski resorts are fantastic, but Zermatt ski resort is in a class of its own. The resort sits at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn (4478m) and the looming, heavily glaciated Monte Rosa (4634m), so the scenery is incredibly majestic. Whilst it’s more of a town now than a village, Zermatt Switzerland has maintained its traditional old European charm with a preserved 'old town', car free all year round and the occasional horse drawn carriage travelling down the cobble stone streets. Last but not least, Zermatt Resort oozes panache and is delightfully luxurious.

The village was "discovered" by mid-nineteenth-century British mountaineers, most notably Edward Whymper, whose conquest of the Matterhorn made the village famous. The Matterhorn was one of the last alpine mountains to be conquered (in 1865), and the first expedition that reached the top ended dramatically with only 3 of the 7 climbers surviving the descent. The story is related in the Matterhorn Museum.

Zermatt is a starting point for hikes into the mountains, including the Haute Route that leads to Chamonix in France and the Patrouille des Glaciers. Cable cars and chair lifts carry skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer; the highest of them leads to the Klein Matterhorn at 3,883 m (12,740 ft), a peak on the ridge between Breithorn and Matterhorn that offers spectacular views in all directions. It is possible to cross into Italy via the Cervinia cable car station. A spectacular rack railway line (the Gornergratbahn, the highest open-air railway in Europe) runs up to the summit of the Gornergrat at 3,089 m (10,134 ft). Zermatt is also the western terminus for the Glacier Express rail service connecting to St. Moritz and the MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn).

Together with eleven other towns Zermatt is a member of the community Best of the Alps.

Zermatt is about atmosphere - the old world charm of a farming and mountaineering village long before winter sports were imagined, a charm which seeps out of the ancient clutter of simple alpine timber, stone and slate buildings and which draws you toward the warm glow of its long narrow high street with its lights glistening in the night, enticing you to wander windowshopping or to drop into its many cafes, bars and restaurants. And all this set tightly nestled between the steep mountain ridges at the top of the Matter valley.

Getting there is easy and arriving by train in daylight on the cog railway from Brig builds your expectation. You walk off the platform and straight into old Zermatt. And walking through the hustle and bustle of the electric taxis and horsedrawn carriages and up Bahnhofstrasse to the original Monte Rosa Hotel, you will stop and look up.  As if seamlessly rising from the valley just above the Church, the exquisite Matterhorn dominates your view  but only until you rise higher and see that this is but one remarkbale gem set into a coronet of fabulous high peaks around.

Zermatt is about the wildness, the sense of danger and the exquisite beauty of the high Swiss Alps. It is also very upmarket and stylish, unquestionably unique and cocoons you in its luxury. Though more about scenery than skiing, the Matterhorn remains an inspirational reminder of the 38 other 4000 metre peaks that surround the valley, many of which can be skied, significantly extending the range of the 360km of pistes that make up the Zermatt-Cervinia ski domain.

Zermatt's Matterhorn Ski Paradise certainly justifies the resort's reputation as one of the best winter destinations in the world, but it's the complete package that makes it so good. Best for intermediate and advanced skiers, Zermatt's interconnected ski areas - Rothorn, Gornergrat, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Schwarzsee - are also connected by lift to the Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche ski area and to the Val d'Aosta. The longest ski run extends over a distance of 21 km and 2,279 vertical metres from the Klein Matterhorn down to Zermatt.

Matching the size and diversity of the mountains there's everything at valley level including plenty of accommodation. From top hotels to (relatively) humble stopovers, there are beds galore, and restaurants and nightlife to match, in an old mountain village that has long since grown into a vibrant town.

Zermatt is one of the world's ultimate ski resorts!

Zermatt Skiing and Snowboarding

One of the main features of the Zermatt skiing and snowboarding is the sheer magnitude of the slopes. Zermatt ski resort includes 210km of marked piste, plenty of off-piste terrain, and 34 modern lifts which include every type of of conveyance from trains, funiculars, cable cars, gondolas and chairlifts.

The Zermatt ski resort piste is incredibly well geared towards intermediates minimal beginner terrain, and the supposed black runs are rather tame. The off-piste is where the main fun is for advanced and expert riders. Like many other European ski resorts, you’ll get the most out of the off-piste terrain if you go with a guide.

Zermatt skiing is across three main ski areas. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn) area is the largest of the zones and includes a massive vertical drop of over 2,200m back to town. This area has largely north facing snow-sure slopes. The Sunnegga-Rothorn area has terrain for all ability levels, including some tree skiing. Some of the best of the mountain restaurants can also be found here. Stockhorn/Gornergrat has diverse terrain with intermediate cruising on one side and freeriding terrain on the other.

Ski Zermatt - Interconnected with Cervinia-Valtournenche

Zermatt skiing in itself is big, but the terrain becomes gargantuan for a few extra francs or euro with the interlimked lift pass with Cervinia-Valtournenche in Italy. The combined ski area offers up 360km of piste. 

Zermatt Snow & Weather

Zermatt in Switzerland is a world class ski resort for many reasons and one of them one is the snow. Not only is it located amongst the highest mountains in western Europe, Zermatt is also one of only two ski resorts in the world that has skiing every day of the year (weather permitting) - the other is Hintertux Glacier in Austria. Coupled with it having the highest piste terrain in Europe and one knows you are at a resort with quality snow. The vast majority of the ski and snowboard terrain is above 2000m elevation so the snow quality is generally superb.

Climate data for Zermatt
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) 0.2
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.8
Average low °C (°F) −8.4
Average precipitation 

mm (inches)

Average snowfall

cm (inches)

Average precipitation days 

(≥ 1.0 mm)

6.6 6.3 7.7 6.7 10.0 8.6 8.9 9.9 6.9 6.7 7.0 6.7
Average snowy days 

(≥ 1.0 cm)

8.0 7.0 5.4 4.1 1.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.5 5.4 7.2
Average relative humidity (%) 65 66 65 66 67 68 65 70 70 67 67 66
Mean monthly sunshine hours 85 103 135 146 159 175 200 185 166 139 93 81
Percent possible sunshine 54 58 56 58 56 60 68 68 69 65 58 55
Source: MeteoSwiss

Facilities & Activities

Zermatt has an abundance of off-slope amenities including lots of family friendly facilities and services. There are shops galore, restaurants serving gastronomically divine cuisine, and plenty of bars to give your liver a good hiding! 

Activities include wonderful paragliding, helicopter sight seeing flights around the Matterhorn, cross country skiing, scenic winter walking trails, and a special 10 minute evening toboggan run that can be coupled with a fondue dinner. A cable car trip up to the top of the Klein Matterhorn is also popular to explore the ice museum glacial caves.

Zermatt info card

Resort Altitude 1620m
Highest Lift 3820m
Total Piste 313km
Longest Run 17km
Directions of Slopes All
Uphill Capacity 64500
Total Lifts 71
Gondolas/Cable cars 23
Chairlifts 14
Drag Lifts 34
Snow Parks 2
Official website www.zermatt.ch

Transportation - Get In

By plane

The international airports of Geneva, Zurich and Milan Malpensa all have easy rail links and even quicker road links with Zermatt. The new rail tunnel which opened in 2008 significantly speeds up transfers from Zurich and Berne. The closest airport, at Sion, has flights from Zurich and some direct international flights. Transfer from Sion is two hours by train, an hour and a half by car or 20 minutes by helicopter.

Geneva airport 236 km / 2 hours 50 minutes
Zurich airport 237 km / 3 hours 50 minutes
Milan Malpensa airport 197 km / 2 hours 50 minutes
Sion airport 82km / 1 hour 30 minutes

By train

For most people the most convenient way to Zermatt is going to be by train. Half-hourly trains run from Visp, which has connection to most major Swiss cities as well as the airports in Geneva and Zurich. Zermatt is also the end station of the Glacier Express, a panoramic express train going to St. Moritz.

By car

Private cars can only drive as far as Täsch. The last 7 km must be travelled by train or by taxi. There is a shuttle train every 20 minutes during the day departing from the Matterhorn Terminal Täsch, which contains 2,100 covered parking spaces. You can take your luggage cart directly from your car, on to the shuttle, and on to the Zermatt train station forecourt.

Transportation - Get Around

On foot

The village of Zermatt, while dense, is geographically very small. There are three main streets which run along the banks of the river Vispa, and numerous cross-streets, especially around the station and the church which forms the centre of the village. In general anything is at most a twenty minute walk away if you are fit.

During the summer there are roads and hiking trails leading up to a number of year-round restaurants in the direction of the Matterhorn.

By taxi

There are several companies in Zermatt that run small electric taxis. You can call one of the companies' numbers (printed on side of the taxi) to pick you up at any location in the village or they can be hired from the ranks outside the main train station or cable car station.

In addition, many of the higher-end hotels have porters who will meet you at the station with a small electric car/truck and will ferry you directly to check in, depositing the luggage in your room. A few of the really exclusive ones still use horse-drawn carriages.

By bus

Zermatt has a local bus with two lines. Both lines take the same route through the centre of the village, passing by the main station, as well as the Gornergrat and Rothorn stations. The green line then goes to the cable car whereas the red line makes a loop around the Winkelmatte area. Trips cost Fr. 2.50 on the green line and Fr. 3.20 on the red line, however if you have a ski pass or a train ticket, you can take it for free. A weekly pass with unlimited rides costs Fr. 22. Buses run every 20-30 minutes depending on the time of the day and year.

By cable car

There is a series of cable car runs leading all the way to the summit of the Klein Matterhorn (3883m), presenting the highest scenic outlook platform in Europe. A ride along the entire series costs Fr. 82 round trip.

By train

  • Gornergrat Railway – A railway to the top of Mount Gornergrat. Fr. 36 one way. Trains depart from a separate station opposite the main station. Allow a few hours and enjoy the great view and the sunny place. A nice trip is to take the train up and hike down.
  • Sunnegga (underground funicular) Railway - An underground funicular railway to 'Sunnegga Paradise'. Fr. 16 one way. Trains depart from a separate station at the other side of village from the main station (follow signing). From Sunnegga, two cable cars take you to Rothorn Paradise with great views. Fr. 44 return. A nice easy walk is to go by train to Sunnegga (you may then wish to take the cable cars up to Rothorn and back) then walk down the Marmot Trail back to Zermatt. You may even see some Marmots on the way!
  • Lift Passes are ideal tickets for hikers, mountain-bikers and nature-lovers. They give you unlimited rides on the following cable railways: Matterhorn glacier paradise, Rothorn, Schwarzsee, Gornergrat and on the Matterhorn Gotthard railway between Randa, Täsch and Zermatt. as well as free entrance to the glacier palace and unlimited rides on electric buses (see below). They are available for 3 or more days at all ticket-offices of the Zermatt mountain transport system. Peak season prices for a three day pass: Adult - Fr. 190 Child - Fr. 95

Accommodation & Hotels

For a tiny hamlet Zermatt has more hotels than most big cities. There are 126 hotels and over 2700 apartments to rent for holidays. Apparently that's still not quite enough. If you want a good value room then perhaps you should consider booking ahead.

There are other options. You can camp, or as throughout Europe vacation apartments are the rage. Time shares are another option: if you know you want to ski one week per year, maybe go in with a friend or two on a property. Foreigners are allowed to buy up to a certain square meterage in Switzerland, and you are free to lease, rent, or otherwise assign the property any way you like, barring industrial use.

Schlosshotel Life & Style Zermatt

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The 4-star Schlosshotel offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Zermatt. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. To be found at the hotel are free Wi-Fi in all rooms, luggage storage, babysitting, family room, newspapers. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature closet, towels, carpeting, fireplace, wooden/parqueted flooring. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, skiing, spa, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. Discover all Zermatt has to offer by making Schlosshotel your base.

    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Train station is close
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • Clean rooms
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 10% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.


Hotel Welschen

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Situated on a south-facing slope, offering splendid views of the Matterhorn, the chalet-style Welschen hotel is only a 2-minute walk away from the Sunnegga Express station. Free WiFi access and a PC corner are available.

    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
    • Friendly service
    • Good management
    • Train station is close
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 10% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Chesa Valese

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The hotel Chesa Valese is a house with cosiness, build up in typical valaisan style. Comfortable rooms, a living-room with fire-place and bar. Wellness with sauna, steambath and jacuzzi. Quiet, central located, in the are calles "Steinmatte", a 3 minutes walk from the church (village center), 5 walking minutes from all mountain-railway and cable-cars stations.

    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • New rooms
    • Friendly service
    • Modern Hotel
    • Well-maintained rooms
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 12% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and breakfast.


Parkhotel Beau Site

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Bristol Hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Zermatt. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Facilities like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, family room, restaurant are readily available for you to enjoy. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Take a break from a long day and make use of children's playground, table tennis, games room. Bristol Hotel is an excellent choice from which to explore Zermatt or to simply relax and rejuvenate.

    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
    • Great view
    • Great reception
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 88. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Matterhorn Lodge Hotel & Appartements

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Property Location: With a stay at Matterhorn Lodge Hotel & Appartements, you'll be centrally located in Zermatt, steps from Mountaineers Cemetery and St. Mauritius Church. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Matterhorn Museum and Matterhorn Golf club.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 18 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring MP3 docking stations and plasma televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and bathrobes. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and body treatments. Skiers will be in heaven, but there are recreational options available for non-skiers as well, which include a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge).

Dining: Take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff.

    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Beautiful architecture
    • Modern Hotel
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 95, this hotel is one of the top 2% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and Vibe.


Hotel Aristella Swissflair

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Built in December 2010, this stylish and special themed 4-star hotel boasts a central location, 650 ft from the center of Zermatt. Modern rooms, some with Matterhorn views, and bathrooms with free Wi-Fi are available. The bright rooms at Hotel Aristella Swissflair with their beautiful parquet or hardwood floors and modern furniture overlook the surrounding Swiss Alps. Cable flat-screen TVs and a tea/coffee maker can be found in each room. An iPod docking station is available upon request. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided. Guests can enjoy the Aristellas ski storage room with ski boot dryer and the on-site ski rental. After a day on the slopes, guests can relax in the hotels spa area with a jacuzzi, a steam bath and a sauna. The Aristella Swissflairs restaurant serves traditional Swiss, flambé dishes and international cuisine. Fine wines are also offered.

    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Friendly service
    • Clean hotel facilities
    • Clean rooms
    • Spacious rooms
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 8% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Hotel Phoenix

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Property Location: Located in Zermatt, Phoenix is on a river, minutes from Matterhorn Golf club, and close to Mountaineers Cemetery. This hotel is within close proximity of St. Mauritius Church and Matterhorn Museum.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 27 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have bathtubs or showers and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as a fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Dining: Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is included.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include express check-in, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff.

    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Friendly service
    • Modern Hotel
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Clean rooms
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 19% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and breakfast.


Panorama Ski Lodge

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Located in Zermatt´s Winkelmatten Quarter, Panorama Ski Lodge boasts modern self-catering accommodation units with soundproofing, a wellness area, a fitness room and a bar with a sun terrace, offering views of the surrounding mountains.

    • Friendly service
    • Very quiet
    • Modern Hotel
    • Beds need improvement
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 96, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Firefly Luxury Suites

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Property Location: When you stay at Hotel Firefly in Zermatt, you'll be on a river and minutes from Mountaineers Cemetery and St. Mauritius Church. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Matterhorn Museum and Zermatt - Furi. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 16 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring kitchens with refrigerators and stovetops. Your room comes with a Tempur-Pedic bed.

Rooms: have private furnished balconies or patios. Digital programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected.

Amenities: Enjoy the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a health club and an indoor pool. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and tour/ticket assistance.

Dining: Take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge.

    • Guests recommend this hotel for business travelers.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Modern Hotel
    • Friendly service
    • Comfortable beds
    • New rooms
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 95, this hotel is one of the top 4% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Wellness Hotel Alpenhof

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Wellness Hotel Alpenhof is a popular choice amongst travelers in Zermatt, whether exploring or just passing through. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, room service are just some of the facilities on offer. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature television LCD/plasma screen, additional bathroom, additional toilet, carpeting, dressing room. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, fitness center, sauna, golf course (within 3 km), indoor pool, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. Convenience and comfort makes Wellness Hotel Alpenhof the perfect choice for your stay in Zermatt.

    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Friendly service
    • Professional service
    • Clean rooms
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 18% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Sunstar Style Hotel Zermatt

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Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Zermatt, Sunstar Style Hotel Zermatt promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. To be found at the hotel are free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, fireplace, postal service, wheelchair accessible. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including hiking trails, hot tub, sauna, golf course (within 3 km), indoor pool, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. A welcoming atmosphere and excellent service are what you can expect during your stay at Sunstar Style Hotel Zermatt.

    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Friendly service
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Professional service
    • Train station is close
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


La Vue Luxury Living Apartments

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Luxurious five-star hotel “La Vue Apartments Zermatt” is situated within walking distance from the heart of Zermatt. Hotel features Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. To unwind after an eventful day, give yourself a moment to relax in a sauna. Relax with a massage at the hotel's spa. Please note that the entire hotel is non-smoking.

    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Stylish hotel
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 97, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and breakfast.


Mont Cervin Palace

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Situated at the heart of Zermatt, the Mont Cervin Palace stands out with its attractive south-façade and roof with numerous turrets. And the hotels red horse-drawn carriage is an ever popular photo motive. Mont Cervin Palace comprises 150 rooms and suites in 4 interconnected buildings. Well-being and relaxation are enjoyed in the 1700 m² pool and wellness areas and the “MCP Beauty Spa” promises beauty, relaxation and enjoyment. The restaurant offers a broad assortment of superb, varying dishes and the wine menu is truly unique. Tasty charcoal-grilled foods and market-fresh ingredients top the menu at the Grill Le Cervin. In winter the Ristorante Capri ensures a tasteful experience with Mediterranean culinary excellence and a further 12 restaurants are available to guests in the context of the Dine Around concept.

    • Guests recommend this hotel for business travelers.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Good ski storage
    • Friendly service
    • Professional service
    • Great view
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 95, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Hotel Matterhorn Focus Superior

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Property Location: When you stay at Hotel Matterhorn Focus in Zermatt, you'll be near ski lifts and minutes from Matterhorn glacier paradise and Zermatt-Furi Gondola. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Zermatt - Furi and Forest Fun Park.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 30 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring espresso makers and LED televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage.

Dining: Grab a bite from a snack bar/deli, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge.

    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Beautiful architecture
    • Stylish hotel
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 7% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Ski Area

Each of Zermatt's three ski areas amounts to a resort in its own right in terms of quantity and variety of terrain, making Zermatt as a whole one of the best ski areas in the world with 360km of piste skiing and extensive off-piste.

You could waste a lot of time and space discussing how extensive and distinctive Zermatt's skiing is, so here goes: wherever you compare it with, Zermatt is one of the world's best ski resorts, not merely in terms of piste extent, variety and challenge but for the setting. The nature of a day in Zermatt, on or off-piste, is a journey through stunning mountains. Thanks to sympathetic development and the physical limitations imposed by the huge glaciers descending from the surrounding peaks, the ski area retains a wild feel; for a major ski resort, the landscape is barely touched.

Zermatt sits at 1,620 m within the Pennine Alps, a mountain chain that stretches from the Grand Combin in the west to the cluster of 4,000 m peaks which form the Monte Rosa massif to the east. The village marks the end of a narrow valley, and is bounded by three integrated ski areas each reaching over 3,000 m: to the south, forming the watershed between Switzerland and Italy, is the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn) region with huge glaciers at altitude and snow-sure north-facing slopes stretching 2,200 vertical metres down to the village; to the west, high mountains rise steeply, remaining unskied other than by heli-skiers and ski mountaineers; to the east, on gentler but still massive slopes, are the two other areas, Blauherd-Rothorn and Stockhorn-Gornergrat, the latter still accessed from the heart of the village by the cog railway which first opened in 1898.

The skiing is best described following the order in which you most easily cover the three ski areas, linking one with another in a clockwise tour. Keep in mind that each area amounts to a resort in its own right, in terms of quantity and variety of terrain, uplift, restaurants and other facilities; those in the know often advise skiing just one ski area each day rather than trying to link them, but it's fair to say the different areas are much better connected now, so it's easier to switch from one area to another.


This single mountain has it all: beginner skiing, intermediate cruising and off-piste challenge, as well as what are regarded as the best mountain restaurants in the world. From the top of the Rothorn there are broad, fast red runs, long cruisers around mid-mountain, off-piste itineraries and tree-skiing on the lower third down of the mountain to the village; throw in the restaurants at Findeln and you might not feel the need to venture further.

First stop out of the village is Sunnega, a main ski school meeting place accessed by a fast underground funicular train. A gondola takes you on to Blauherd, followed by a cable car up to the Rothorn from where several itineraries and a red run take you down the west side of the mountain. In the other direction, a long red run traces its way over south-facing slopes to Gant, for access to the Stockhorn and Gornergrat, and onwards to the biggest area of all, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn) and the neighouring Italian resort of Cervinia to the south. When on the Rothorn, don't miss the last run of the day: one huge descent, top to bottom, with a pit-stop at Tuftern to catch the last of the sun dropping behind the Matterhorn - long after the village is overtaken by shadow.


The yin and yang of Zermatt on one mountain:  a smooth cruise on the west face and the toughest, biggest freeriding to the north. The slow train ride from the centre of the village to the observatory, hotel and restaurant at the top of the Gornergrat, overlooking the Gorner and Grenz glaciers, reflects the skiing on the west side - relaxed, with a truly stunning view of Monte Rosa, Lyskamm and Breithorn among other peaks working their way towards the Matterhorn. There's plenty of mileage from top to bottom - in fact, if there was a quicker way up than the train, it would be skied much more. Consequently it is overlooked by skiers heading for the more challenging opportunities that abound in Zermatt.

It is almost entirely intermediate terrain, brought up to date when the comfortable Gifthittli six-seater chair replaced an old T-bar. With several pistes tracing their way back to its base you can spend all day here, basking on west-facing slopes with some of the best views of the Matterhorn in the entire resort. There's similarly gentle skiing winding the length of the cog railway, punctuated by bars, mountain restaurants and the luxury Riffelalp Resort.

Heading onwards to the Stockhorn takes you from the sublime to the ridiculous: over one thousand vertical metres of high altitude freeriding terrain and one of the steepest, broadest, longest mogul slopes - just under 1,200 vertical metres - you are ever likely to encounter. This area can be reached from the Gornergrat by the Hohtalli cable car - a slow process - but is better accessed from the Rothorn.

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn) is the biggest ski area in Zermatt's constellation, from 3,880 m down to the village at 1,620 m. Not only is it a huge vertical drop, but the distance, on or off-piste, is enormous too. Ten miles from top to bottom is the shortest way down by piste. Take it in one and you might never walk again! From the top of the Klein Matterhorn is a 360-degree panorama - beyond Mont Blanc to the west and the rest of the Alps to the east - and snowsure, expansive ski area. The snowfields at the top are home to Zermatt's snowpark. Down below, beneath Schwarzsee, there's also some of Zermatt's best tree-skiing.

Direct access is from the southern end of Zermatt, via Furi and on to Trockner Steg or Schwarzsee. Crossing from the Gornergrat to Furi reveals the weakest link in the chain if you're trying to ski the region as a whole. An 8-seat gondola runs from Furi to Riffelberg (with an intermediate station) and provides the missing connection between the Klein Matterhorn and Gornergrat sections of the mountain. A new summit lift takes you directly from the station to an observation platform at 3883 m, where you can enjoy the panorama of peaks in ItalyFrance and Switzerland towering above.

The Glacier restaurant at Matterhorn Glacier Park, with seating for up to 120 people, accommodation for 40 climbers and a vantage window facing the Breithorn (4,164 m), opened in 2008.  A special sewage treatment facility, the highest in the Alps, ensures waste water is purified in an environmentally friendly way. The front of the building is equipped with solar panels, which at this altitude generate nearly twice the amount of energy as the same size solar panels in lowland areas. Solar energy is stored for heating the building, and no external energy supply is required.

Matterhorn and Breithorn

Zermatt's highest terrain spans the area between the 4,164 m Breithorn to the east and the 4,477 m Matterhorn to the west. The vast Theodul and Furgg glaciers cap the relatively flat, broad col over which the Italian resort of Cervinia is reached. Staying on the northern side, a high traverse brings you under the Matterhorn's east face for a close-up encounter with this noble monster. A more direct descent to where the glaciers end and the real skiing begins - exceptional red runs, wide, steep enough for interest and almost always well covered in chalky, dry snow - leads to the Schwarzsee link. From there you are soon into the treeline and different skiing once again. Given the mileage you will have covered just to get here, the excellent mountain restaurants at Furi are as much necessity as they are luxury.

Zermatt ski area connections

The opportunity to cover big mileage is one of the key aspects of Zermatt's skiing, but it's worth knowing that not all connecting runs are created equal: Rothorn to Gant is long and varied, whereas the Stockhorn side is best skied as is now intended, as a freeride area. Following the 'White Hare' red run from Hohtalli for the sake of skiing that side of the mountain, or simply heading for the Rothorn via Gant may well be disappointing - the top section is narrow, relatively steep and rapidly scraped to hardpack by skiers avoiding the various off-piste routes. And it is likely to be in its worst condition just when the freeriding isn't inviting either - better to stay away at these times; it's not a problem as the route from Rothorn to Matterhorn via the Gornergrat area can still be skied without having to descend this side at all. In any event, the Stockhorn usually only opens at the end of January as the steep, rocky and partly glaciated terrain requires a substantial accumulation of snow to be safely skied.

Guaranteed snow cover in Zermatt

Zermatt is one of only two ski resorts worldwide offering skiing and boarding 365 days a year and is one of the most snow sure resorts in the Alps with more than 70 per cent of Zermatt's pistes benefiting from artificial snow-making or on glaciers. Across the border in Italy, around 50 per cent of Cervinia pistes can be covered with artificial snow, and the Matterhorn ski paradise (Zermatt, Valtournench and Cervinia) as a whole can guarantee snow cover on over 200km of pistes.

Ski lifts & Pass

Zermatt’s Matterhorn Ski Paradise (includes Cervinia – Valtournenche) has 54 lifts with an uphill capacity of over 90,000 riders per hour. The ski lifts in Zermatt, much improved in recent years, run from 8am every day, so you can make the most out of your pricey lift pass.

Zermatt Ski Lifts

When Zermatt's three separate lift companies joined to become Zermatt Bergbahnen in 2002, the coherence of the ski experience didn't noticeably change - there had long been a shared lift ticket and seamless integration between the ski areas. But for the first time in years, the will to make significant improvements to the resort's infrastructure was matched by the ability. The result has been several major new ski lifts and plans for further improvements which are more than just pipe dreams.

Traditionally, Zermatt's lift system was a mix of charm and frustration: slow, old mountain railways and slow, not quite so old cable cars could be so oversubscribed at busy times that ascending the mountain via a string of lifts seemed to take up much of your day. But in recent years, several lifts have been built, each of which would rank as a major project for any resort.

The Furggsattel chairlift was among the first to be built on a glacier in Switzerland, with pylons 'floating' in the moving ice flow. At a stroke, this lift replaced the infamous T-bar which dragged you slowly across the often wind-blasted upper glacier. The covered, cushioned six-seater chair is not only faster but infinitely more comfortable, taking you rapidly from Trockener Steg and depositing you in another country, Italy, over 400m higher up, on the border ridge.

Even more high-tech than the six-seater Gifthittli chairlift on the Gornergrat, when the Matterhorn Express opened, it was an audacious break with the pack-'em-in sardine-tin arrangement favoured elsewhere on the mountain: a comfy eight-seater gondola from the Klein Matterhorn valley station via Furi to Schwarzsee. Unlike some of the massive projects in France and Austria in recent years, Zermatt's more recent lifts all have the advantage of going up the mountain, rather than being merely horizontal link-lifts.

There's room for eight people in the Matterhorn-Express gondola from Schwarzsee via Furgg to Trockener Steg; simply stay in your seat and from the Matterhorn Express bottom station you can reach Trockener Steg via Furi and Schwarzsee in just 25 minutes without changing gondolas. The new lift can now transport 2,800 people an hour instead of just 800. When you get to Trockener Steg, you can decide between taking the Theodulsee run and on to Europe's highest cable car station, or heading for the Ice Restaurant.

Zermatt Lift Passes

But perhaps the best single feature of Zermatt's lifts is that they run from 8am every day, allowing early birds to beat the queues, reach the powder and fit in more skiing by lunchtime than should be allowed. Towards the end of season, the last lifts run as late as 5pm.

Lift pass prices are high, so don't buy a pass that covers more than you need. The main pass covers all of Zermatt. You can also buy a Zermatt/Cervinia (Italy) combined pass, or a Klein Matterhorn/Schwarzsee/Cervinia combined pass if you know that you won't be skiing Gornergrat or Rothorn. Single trip tickets for walkers and sightseers are so prohibitively priced that you can only conclude they don't want you jamming up the lift system.

Zermatt Lift Company

Since 2002, Zermatt's lift company has invested a total of CHF 336 million including CHF 173 million in transport facilities, CHF 83 million in ski pistes and artificial snow making, CHF 25 million in piste groomers and CHF 55 million in other facilities. Major investments include the 8-seat Matterhorn-Express gondola (2 sections), 6-seat chair lifts with hoods at Furggsattel Gletscherbahn and Gifthittli, the Gandegg ski lift extension, an 8-seat gondola and 6-seat chairlift at Sunnegga paradise - Blauherd, a new lift at Riedweg to the Stollen of the Sunneggabahn, the 8-seat gondola lift Furi - Schweigmatten - Riffelberg, a new 4-seat chairlift Sunnegga Paradise - Findeln - Breitboden, a new ski lift at Stockhorn, the new Glacier restaurant and shop at the Matterhorn glacier paradise and an 8-seat gondola Schwarzsee - Trockener Steg.

New projects for 2013-2016 include new carriages and tracks for the Sunnegga-Express funicular, a new 4-seat chairlift at Hörnli, a new 3S cable car between Trockener Steg and Matterhorn glacier paradise and cable car between Testa Grigia - Matterhorn glacier paradise.

Zermatt Bergbahnen AG
Schluhmattstrasse 28
CH 3920 Zermatt Switzerland‎
Tel: +41 27 966 01 01
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.matterhornparadise.ch

Zermatt VIP Gondola

For a more exclusive lift experience in Zermatt, pre-book a VIP Gondola (max 4 persons) on the Matterhorn-Express and ride in comfort and style with luxurious seating and a bottle of champagne to complement the unforgettable views. Pre-book one way from Schwarzee to Trockener Steg or a round trip no later than the day before at Zermatt Bergbahnen, Tel: +41 (0) 27 966 01 01; [email protected]

Activities & Things to do ( Winter )

Zermatt is a winter fairy tale. With unlimited fun on snow: skiing on 360 km of pistes. The winter landscape offers lots of sun. A pure romance.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing in Zermatt smashes every record: highest ski resort in Europe, snow certainty, two countries, 365 days a year.

Skiing on 360 km of pistes in Switzerland and next door to our Italian neighbours. The ski lifts go to the highest heights. Up to the Klein Matterhorn at 3,883 m, where you can look the four thousand-meter alps and the Matterhorn right in the eye. Pistes carefully groomed for every skill level. And don’t forget the box stops, because famous and cosy mountain restaurants all located right next to the pistes.

Winter hiking & snowshoeing

Snowshoeing on the sunny terraces of Zermatt’s mountains is a winter dream come true. And how about winter hiking? Enjoyment guaranteed, culinary as well. Because the sunny terraces are oases for recuperation – relaxation guaranteed.

Snowshoeing on Gornergrat offers the most beautiful views: the Matterhorn. Winter hiking leads to undiscovered hamlets or sun-drenched terraces with magnificent views above Zermatt, Täsch and Randa. And then as a great reward, stopping at a cozy mountain restaurant.


The destination offers thrilling adventures and fast runs for sledders. Steep trails ensure tingling nerves and enjoyment for young and old.

Ice sports

Ice fascinates especially in the cold winter air. That’s when ice-skating and the rest are fun in the village of Zermatt. Those, who seek a challenge, leave the village and challenge themselves with ice climbing. And sports out in the cold always make for hot ears.

Being active in bitter cold weather is a very special way to enjoy winter. Whether natural or artificial ice – people have always been fascinated by ice. Ice skating, Bavarian or Scottish curling. Or seeking the challenge in the wild world of ice falls.

Ski tours, freerider & heliskiing

Only Zermatt has this to offer: pristine slopes waiting for the first tracks. 38 towering mountains lure one to unforgettable ski tours and freeride downhill runs. And Air Zermatt is ready when you are for heliskiing.

The most beautiful dream becomes reality in Zermatt: The peak of a four thousand-meter alp is reached, there is no way to go higher except into space. And then dive into the adventure of skiing down in the second part of the tour. On untouched snow into the valley, over pristine, bright-white snow slopes and back to civilisation.

Cross-country skiing in Zermatt

Zermatt has 25km of cross-country skiing lower down the valley on the Tasch-Randa cross-country trails (15km skating and 10km classic). Trail passes for one day, one week or longer periods can be purchased at the Tourist Offices in Zermatt, Tasch or Randa or at the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn offices in Zermatt or Tasch.

Mountain excursion

The excursion mountains around Zermatt offer breath-taking views. Always in focus: the Matterhorn, the mightiest four thousand-metre peak in the Alps.

The excursion mountains beckon: Gornergrat (3,089 m), Matterhorn glacier paradise (3,883 m), and Rothorn (3,103 m). On all of these peaks as well as on the way to each and at each of the stops in between, the mountain panorama presents itself in a breath-taking display. For example, the Matterhorn from its very different and most beautiful sides.

Active in the air

Get a bird’s eye view and discover the mountains from above for once. This is a very special gift in the alps. Take off by helicopter or set out for the valley by paraglider.

The Matterhorn shows all of its walls during a helicopter fly-around: the famous east wall, the fearsome north wall, the sharp Zmuttgrat and the craggy south wall. Heliskiing is like taking a fast lift up the mountain and then taking a free run down the mountain on virgin snow. Whoever wants to experience this immediately, takes the paraglider. A total mountain experience in the here and now.

Winter walking in Zermatt

Though it may be hard to imagine visiting Zermatt and not skiing, there is more to do without skis or snowboard than in most mountain resorts. A highlight is the scenic winter-walking trails; many have wonderful restaurants en route and the walk up-valley to Zmutt should not be missed.  The winter trail map, available from the tourist office, features 70 km of trails for winter walking in Zermatt, Tasch and Randa open between December and April and fully maintained between Christmas and Easter.  Winter walking tickets for Gornergrat and Rottenboden, Riffelberg available from the Gornergrat Bahn booking office.

Tobogganing in Zermatt

Zermatt's Rotenboden (2,815 m) to Riffelberg (2,582 m) toboggan run - the highest in Switzerland -takes about 10 minutes from top to bottom and is accessed by riding the Gornergrat Bahn railway. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes and toboggans can be hired (full day or half day) at the Rotenboden station. Open from December to April, subject to snow and weather conditions. Fun-Ride Furi - a thrilling toboggan ride from Furi down to Zermatt - is available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from mid-December until March; departure 7:30pm from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise valley station.

Moonlight Adventures in Zermatt

Enjoy a delicious fondue and cosy atmosphere at the Restaurant Rothorn (Tel: +41 (0) 27 967 26 75) followed by a romantic moonlit ski descent with the piste patrol or experience moonlight on Gornergrat surrounded by 29 moonlit peaks above 4,000 m followed by a cheese fondue in the 3,100 m Kulmhotel Gornergrat (Tel: +41 (0) 27 966 64 00) then ski down or take the train back to Zermatt.  Available once a month, full moon only, from December to March. Starlight dinner at the 3,100 m Kulmhotel Gornergrat also every Thursday night December - March including return journey via Gornergrat Bahn; departing 6:00pm and arriving back in Zermatt 11:15pm.


Activities & Things to do ( Summer )

Experiences at the foot of a glacier, on a green alpine meadow, at an idyllic mountain lake. Is it to be an unforgettable mountain tour – in the face of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the alps? Or an excursion to comfortably get to the top of a mountain peak?

Hiking, mountain biking or summer skiing? All of that in the cool and fresh air of the mountains. 38 four thousand-meter peaks can be reached from Zermatt. On tours, by climbing, by crossing, while engaging in snow sports in the highest ski area in the alps. A mountain summer can be experienced and enjoyed in over 100 different ways.

Hiking in the Alps

Enjoy your hiking holiday in Switzerland. The impressive mountain world around Zermatt and the Matterhorn is a real natural paradise for walking holidays fans. With 38 four thousand-metre peaks in the immediate area and a 400 km hiking trail network, Zermatt is the most famous mountain climbing village in the region and an ideal starting point for your hiking holidays in Switzerland.

There is much to discover when hiking in the Swiss Alps: pristine nature, idyllic valleys, fragrant forests and crystal-clear lakes. The picturesque panorama of the of the Alps makes hiking in Mattertal a truly unforgettable experience, with an exciting new experience around every corner.

Mountain biking

Zermatt is the Mountain Bike Paradise at the foot of the Matterhorn. 100 km of signed mountain bike tours are available.

Mountain climbing & rock climbing

38 four thousand-metre peaks can be reached from Zermatt. As an easy mountain tour or as a demanding and technically challenging climbing tour.

Zermatt’s mighty mountains are the highest and most impressive peaks in the Alps. The most famous of all: the Matterhorn. Climb to the top with crampons, rope and pickaxe. Crossing the glaciers and eternal snowfields of the Alpine mountain world is an unforgettable experience. And is among the most beautiful things an alpinist will experience in his life.

Summer skiing

Summer skiing – this is something everyone must experience. Making turns in snow when summer temperatures prevail in the village.

Do you have a deep desire to go skiing? Take the gondola from Zermatt to the Klein Matterhorn at 3,883 m via Furi and Trockener Steg. There, it is time to step into your bindings and enjoy snow sports along 21 km of pistes. Zermatt – Matterhorn offers the largest and highest altitude summer ski area in Europe.

For summer skiing, clothing normally worn on a warm day of spring skiing is recommended. And if one wants to enjoy the best downhill runs on the Theodul Glacier, one should get up very early in the morning. Because the best conditions prevail under the not yet very strong morning sun. At noon the summer skiing area closes, so that it will reawaken in its best form the next day.

The village experience

A small mountain village becomes a world-class resort. This development can be experienced step-by-step in Zermatt. Wandering through the village, in the museum, strolling. And something is always going on: events, festivals, happenings.

There is nothing abstract about tradition and modern in Zermatt. At the heliport, there is always something going on. A walk around the village reveals traditions, past and present. A couple of steps in the mountaineers’ cemetery give one time for reflection. The Matterhorn village provides insight into the tradition-rich lives of these mountain people and into the modern ways of a world-renowned resort.

Matterhorn Golf Club

9+-hole course are 18 holes: The Golf Club Matterhorn is located in the upper Matter valley between Täsch and Randa, framed by Switzerland’s highest mountains.

In the Golf Club Matterhorn, the game will be played on an altered 9+-hole course on the greens at Täsch-Randa. New and unique in Switzerland is that with this layout one can play each hole from different tee locations. This means that one can play 18 holes on a 9+-hole course. Whoever has played the course twice has played 18 holes.

The lush alpine course welcomes locals and visitors alike for golf in a magnificent setting. The course offers all comforts including a clubhouse and restaurant as well as breathtaking views of the Breithorn (4,164 m) and the Klein Matterhorn (3,883 m) above Zermatt. Early bird, "Bring a Friend", night-time golf: the club is always coming up with original new ideas.

  • 9+-holes = 18 holes
  • Clubhouse
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • 5 km from Zermatt
  • Photo subject: greens, green valley floor, blue skies, white snow-capped mountains around the Klein Matterhorn and the Breithorn

Active in water

Zermatt’s water is crystal clear. It refreshes the body and the soul. The water in Zermatt’s mountain lakes, the water in the spas. It promotes relaxation and recuperation. Eternal and unspectacular. And: If one drinks from the Inderbinen fountain, he will remain forever young.

Water offers immediate recuperation: simply relax in the water and float away, whether in the pool or in a mountain lake. Zermatt’s waters offer a world of experiences: in the wellness centres, lake bathing, while regarding the reflection of the Matterhorn in the Riffelsee, while fly-fishing.

Zermatt beach - Leisee

The lake of the Leisee (2,232 m) is Zermatt’s beach and a popular outing for the whole family. With children’s playground, barbecue areas, picnic spots, pavillon for pic nic, play raft – and a glorious view of the Matterhorn.

For children, this is a magical place to swim and play; for parents, a wonderful spot to relax. The views of the Matterhorn are gorgeous, framed by a pristine alpine landscape. As the lake is not deep, the water temperature is suitable for a dip, despite the altitude. The lakeshores are home to a wealth of alpine flora – and in July, to tadpoles and small frogs. The little stream that flows into the lake is also perfect for children to play in.

  • Accessible in 10 minutes on foot or 3 minutes by shuttle funicular from Sunnegga summit station
  • Photo subject: reflection of the Matterhorn with swimmers

Waterski Schalisee

Schalisee is largest lake in the Nikolai Valley. The first waterskiing lift in the Upper Valais is being built here in a collaborative effort of the Täsch and Zermatt communities. This is a true enrichment of the summer tourism offering for our guests.

Sights & Landmarks

Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

The Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis offers insight into the development of Zermatt. It shows the triumph and tragedy surrounding the first ascent of the Matterhorn.

Here one is immersed in the mountain world of past generations: One sees how the people lived in Zermatt in the 19th century and shudder at the sight of the broken rope from the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865. Four of the seven climbers lost their lives at that time. And one looks in wonder at “Theo,” the 16th century mercenary who did not succeed in crossing the Theodul Pass.

Village Tour

Zermatt has many stories. A walk around the village is a trip into the past.

Library Zermatt

The library in the centre of Zermatt is located in a beautiful old building constructed in 1730. Guests and locals are warmly welcome. They find exciting and entertaining literature and DVDs about Zermatt along with popular fiction and children’s books.

The small and homelike cosy rooms in this protected building previously served as a residence for priests. Since 1991, the library has had its home here across from the Matterhorn Museum. It is a lending library where books and other media are available for adults, youngsters and children. The collection is currently around 5,500 items. The variety of media is continuously reworked and renewed.

Bookworms find novels, thrillers, biographies about famous people and much more. Children and youngsters also will find books and other media suitable for their age group. There are also books about the first ascent of the Matterhorn and about people from Zermatt on the shelves in the second floor of the house: For example, about the legendary mountain guide Ulrich Inderbinen (1900-2004). Visitors will also find the works in the library by around 15 local authors, who have interesting things to tell about Zermatt and the surroundings, its mountain world and the people who live here.

One entire room is dedicated to Alpinism. This is managed and supported by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) of Zermatt. 
Locals and guests from around the world also find a small selection of documentary films about special features of the village of Zermatt. This media provides in depth insight into the history, culture, everyday life and the special features of Zermatt. These DVDs cast light on unknown events and places with fascinating unusual views of the mountain world.


The Vernissage is a cinema, concert venue and club, all in one. This is where the idea for the Zermatt Unplugged music festival was born.

The cinema and club at the Backstage Hotel have been welcoming guests since 1992. The Zermatt artist and hotelier Heinz Julen designed and created this venue with its unique Zermatt atmosphere. Highlights include the giant chandeliers, pulled across the ceiling by chains before each film to reveal a clear view of the screen. The seating is also different to the usual arrangement in city cinemas.

In high season, the cinema shows action movies and family films. In the early evening, the Vernissage also regularly screens documentary films about the Matterhorn by August Julen (born in Zermatt in 1922, father of Heinz Julen).

The cinema also serves as a concert venue and club. When the cinema is converted into a concert venue, the seats and chandeliers disappear, and the stage appears as if by magic. Among the stars that have appeared here since 2007 as part of the annual Zermatt Unplugged festival are Chris de Burgh, Stephan Eicher and Züri West. The club setting and the proximity of performers to audience make for a wonderfully intimate atmosphere.

During gigs and parties, the bar on the upper level offers a clear view down to the stage and dance floor.

Memorial sites & fountains

Zermatt remembers its mountain climbers and guides with monuments and memorial sites as well as the Mountain Climber Cemetery. The three fountains with the marmots, ibex and the famous Zermatt climber Ulrich Inderbinen are popular subjects for photographs.

Bronze Alphorn

 freely accessible / always open

A huge alphorn made of bronze stands on the stairs of the Gemeindehaus in Zermatt. It is pointed directly at the Matterhorn, which can be seen in the background, and has surprising artistic elements.

Grave of the Unknown Climber

 freely accessible / always open

The “Grave of the Unknown Climber” is located in the Mountaineers’ Cemetery. It reminds us of the more than 500 deaths, which have taken place on the Matterhorn since 1865. And of the missing and dead, who could not be found or completely removed after their fall.

Ibex fountain

 freely accessible / always open

The Ibex fountain shows a magnificent ibex in bronze.

Inderbinen fountain

 freely accessible / always open

The Inderbinen fountain was erected to celebrate the 100th birthday of the mountain guide Ulrich Inderbinen. The water is deliciously refreshing; the wooden bench alongside invites visitors to reflect on the life and achievements of this legendary Zermatt resident.

Marmot fountain

 freely accessible / always open

The fountain with its bronze marmots is a much-loved landmark at the heart of the resort, equally popular with locals and visitors.

Mountain guides’ memorial

 freely accessible / always open

This monument honours the Zermatt mountain guides who lost their lives as they practised their profession.

Mountaineers’ cemetery

 freely accessible / always open

The mountaineers’ cemetery is a moving reminder of the accidents that have occurred in the mountains around Zermatt. The tranquil site is a memorial to all climbers who have lost their lives here.

Mountaineers’ memorial

 freely accessible / always open

This memorial pays tribute to the climbers, snow sports enthusiasts and hikers who have lost their lives in accidents in the mountains. Commemorative plaques carry individuals’ names and details.

Time capsule with wishes from children

 freely accessible / always open

As part of the 150 Years First Ascent of the Matterhorn, children expressed their wishes about how the future of Zermatt should look. The wishes were locked into a time capsule and it was lowered into the ground near the Gemeindehaus where it can be seen.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Zermatt Bars

Zermatt is as strong on apres ski and nightlife as it is on skiing and dining. Starting on the mountain, with relaxed drinks, some music and that scenery: Rothorn/Sunnegga - Tuftern for sunset views, followed by Othmar's Hutte and the Olympic Bar (yellow canvas roof) and now as well the front terrace bar of the chic Hotel Cervo , all on the paths down to the village - live music and barely any more to ski; the Klein Matterhorn (aka "Matterhorn Glacier Paradise") bars and restaurants at Furi and Zum See and, for partying below there - Hennu Stall, do brisk end-of-day business.  At the other end of the village, close to the Sunnega lift station, the Zermatt Yacht Club and Snowboat are worth visiting for apres ski.

In the centre of Zermatt, the Papperla with good live music fills up early and stays busy til late. Lower key but sophisticated is the legendary Elsie's bar, a small wooden chalet near the church, the Little Bar, maximum capacity of about a dozen and the Hexenbar.  Seasonaires and instructors hang out in the Cable Car and the North Wall. Refuel along the main street with a pancake from the tiny Creperie or a grilled sausage with bread, mustard and ketchup and a cup of gluhwein from outside the butcher's shop. Alternatively there are plenty of tearooms with patisserie alongside that can meet most needs.

Zermatt Restaurants

After the on-mountain restaurant offerings, the village has a tough act to follow. But it does pretty well, with a huge choice of over 100 restaurants covering most bases and more Gault Millau points than you can count, with good Chinese and Japanese food, a strong Italian showing (the motherland is just at the end of a lift) and excellent Swiss restaurants.

The exceptional and upmarket Le Mazot by the river specializes in lamb and fine wines; a different take on a similar menu with open barbecue cooking is Chez Heini where your evening ends with the owner singing his tribute to the Matterhorn against a projected backdrop of mountain views.  Hotel restaurants, particularly the multi-starred variety like the Cervin Grill, Le Corbeau d'Or (at the Mirabeau) and the Monte Rosa dining room are also excellent but tend to be pricey. Finally, there's even a McDonald's, if you must but showing that Zermatt does cater for different tastes and budgets.

Zermatt Mountain Restaurants

Zermatt's mountain restaurants are blessed with a winning combination of great cuisine, majestic views and the authentic feel of charmingly restored alpine farm buildings, and regarded by many as the best mountain restaurants in the world.

This is the point of coming to Zermatt, maybe even the reason to learn to ski in the first place. Hard to believe there are more than 50 huts and mountain restaurants, many of them famous for great cuisine, some even with Gault Millau points. Throw in the views (not just of the Matterhorn, but it's a good starting point) and the authentic feel of many of the restaurants - charmingly restored alpine farm buildings - and you're onto a winner.

There's a range of food that includes traditional Swiss dishes, including the cheesy ones, but it's worth seeking out menus featuring the local fauna and flora. Lunching on the old terrace at Franz & Heidi's (Findlerhof) on a sunny day with the Matterhorn rising majestically as if from the end of the deck, the hubbub and the delicious food and wine are an intoxicating mix. The real wonder is that comparable experiences can be had in huts across Zermatt's entire ski area. These typically offer well prepared traditional Walliser specialities (lots of home-made soups, cheese plates, salads, breads and cured meats) as well as wonderful bratwurst, rösti and special pasta dishes, the last reflecting the influence - just across the peaks - of Italy.

Some other excellent huts you might try (by no means exclusively) are the Paradies, also at Findeln, both the Zum See and Blatten restaurants in the eponymous hamlets below Furi, the Fluhalp, just below Unter Rothorn at over 3000 metres, which often has live music on sunny days, and the famous Simi's at Furi. Also at over 3000 metres, you shouldn't miss the charming Gandegghűtte, above Trockener Steg, which has been going since 1885. And if Zermatt ever runs out (impossible) you can always ski over to Cervinia for some genuine Italian food. Be sure to book unless eating very early or late.

Zermatt Nightlife

The night scene is vigorous, with bars and clubs with discos or live music until late: the T-bar, the Schneewittchen, the North Wall, Grampi's and the Hotel Post, which has everything on every level including the Brown Cow, the Loft Club Lounge, the Broken Bar and the famous Pink for live jazz and soul music. Papperla also keeps rocking late with live music. The prize for most unlikely nightspot goes to the very hip Vernissage Bar and Kino (cinema), designed by a prominent local artist, Heinz Julen.