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.
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.
In winter, the snow-assured ski region offers 360
km of pistes in three varied ski areas: the
Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat-Stockhorn, Schwarzsee
and Matterhorn glacier paradise. Snowboarders and
freestylers are able to hone their skills in the
Snowpark Zermatt in which Olympic hopefuls also
train. A crossover to the Italian ski region of
Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche is possible from
the Matterhorn glacier paradise / Theodulpass.
Those in search of something different can try
their hand at paragliding or off-piste heli-skiing
accompanied by an experienced mountain guide.