Zermatt, Switzerland

  • Trek across a wooden walkway suspended between two towering cliffs at Gorner Gorge, where a scenic waterfall plummets down a deep chasm created after the last Ice Age.
  • Stroll through Hinterdorfstrasse, a historic 16th-century neighborhood in Zermatt, to see traditional Swiss timber houses built on stone slabs.
  • Travel to the summit of Gornergrat on this mountain railway, which connects the village of Zermatt to the mountain’s peak, more than 10,000 feet above sea level.

 

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In the Alpine Meadows

The magnificence of the iconic Matterhorn and the surrounding peaks sit uninterrupted in this car-free, pedestrian village in the Swiss Alps. This tranquil setting straddles Italy's border and illustrates Swiss romance at its finest. Zermatt is home to world-class skiing, 50 mountain lakes, mountain biking, upscale boutiques and cozy, chalet-style restaurants. If scenic trails and gravity sports are calling, Zermatt is your answer. The majestic European hotels of yesteryear live on at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. Originally built at the end of the 19th century, the hotel has maintained a timeless charm that continues to lure modern travelers.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Geneva Airport (GVA)
  • Home of
    The Matterhorn
  • 150 Years
    Since First Ascent
  • Base Elevation
    5,310 feet
  • Primary Language
    German

Fresh Things to Do

Featured Activity


  • The Indomitable Matterhorn

    The border between Switzerland and Italy is the base of the Matterhorn, a massive pyramidal peak in the Pennine Alps. In 2015, the 150-year anniversary since its first ascent was celebrated. Only experienced mountaineers can summit to its peak at 14,692 feet but this earthly wonder can be appreciated by all. 

    Klein Matterhorn. No cable car goes to the top of the Matterhorn but you can get close with a ride in this cable car from Zermatt. The station you arrive at sits 12,530-feet high.

    The Grave of the Unknown Climber. In the Mountaineers' Cemetery, Zermatt honors the lives of those who dedicated their livelihood to the mountain. Pay your respects in this beautiful resting place, where many fragments of the mountain serve as gravestones and tributes.

    Matterhorn Museum. Tour the museum's historical exhibits to learn about the history of life in Zermatt and the first mountaineers brave enough to take on the Matterhorn. A multimedia room features excerpts from the chilling film "Der Berg ruft" ("the mountain calls").

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