Zermatt

Travel Guide
Zermatt

Ski, climb and enjoy the exceptional natural beauty of this Swiss city where one of the world’s most spectacular mountains dominates the skyline.

Come to Zermatt and enjoy one of Europe’s most iconic views, the perfect triangle of the Matterhorn. Hike, ski or ride your bike through the surrounding mountains, eat in one of the many fine restaurants and enjoy the serenity of a completely car-free town.

Wake to nothing but the sound of birdsong and decide which of Zermatt's many activities you want to try. Walk along cobbled streets past chalets and barns and enjoy the fresh alpine air. Hikers and climbers are spoilt for choice, as Zermatt has options to suit all abilities. Breithorn is the easiest of the taller mountains, while the Matterhorn and Switzerland’s tallest mountain Monte Rosa require more experience.

In winter, ride the highest cable car in the world to the Klein Matterhorn and ski the 8-mile (13-kilometer) run all the way to Zermatt. In summer, take advantage of Europe’s largest summer time ski field, Trockener Steg. In the evening, sample superb cuisine in the restaurants or mix with the Swiss elite in sophisticated wine bars.

In summer, take a trip on the Gorner Ridge railway. Once a week, the train departs Zermatt at dawn and travels high into the mountains offering superb sunrise views and stopping to allow you time for an easy scenic walk among the peaks.

Zermatt is one of the more expensive European ski resorts and is home to many renowned hotels. If you are travelling on a budget, camping in the area can be a good option, even during winter, which is surprisingly mild.

Much of Zermatt’s appeal is the complete absence of motorized vehicles. This obviously means you can’t drive into town, so the best way is to get the train. If you do drive, park in the neighboring town of Täsch, 5 miles (7 kilometers) away and take the cog railway train or electric shuttle bus to this unique and beautiful town. With snow all year round, Zermatt is a destination for any season.

Where to stay in Zermatt

Hotel Alphubel Zermatt
Hotel Alphubel Zermatt
2 out of 5
Brantschenhaus 7, Zermatt, VS, 3920
The price is £129 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this hotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a sauna. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (361 reviews)
"Nice room with balcony. Very quiet."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Hotel Alphubel Zermatt
Hotel Derby
Hotel Derby
3 out of 5
Bahnhofstrasse 22, Zermatt, VS, 3920
The price is £168 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (45 reviews)
"Walkable from the train station if you do not have a lot of luggage. Clean, but can be noisy as the hotel is in the heart of town."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Hotel Derby
Riffelalp Resort 2222m
Riffelalp Resort 2222m
5 out of 5
Riffelalp, Zermatt, 3920
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (72 reviews)
Ski-in ski-out retreat
"Stunning hotel with an incredible view of the Matterhorn. Very comfortable room, super clean. Can’t wait to visit again!"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2021

Riffelalp Resort 2222m
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Naco Aparthotel & Spa
Naco Aparthotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Spissstrasse 44, Zermatt, 3920
The price is £166 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star ski aparthotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a sauna. Popular attractions Matterhorn and Matterhorn Ski Paradise are located ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (34 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly and nice. The room was very spacious and clean.In addition, easy to access from Zermatt station and other areas. We enjoyed staying at this place a lot as well as my daughter was happy with the pool. Totally recommend this place! Thanks."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Naco Aparthotel & Spa
Matthiol Serviced Apartments
Matthiol Serviced Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Wiestistrasse 32, Zermatt, 3920
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Zermatt. Enjoy free WiFi, a free area shuttle and on-site spa services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (37 reviews)
"Simply a stellar view just far enough above town to be very private but close enough to be in the middle of everything., well appointed"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2019

Matthiol Serviced Apartments
Legendär Zermatt
Legendär Zermatt
4 out of 5
38 Schanze, Zermatt, VS, 3920
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Zermatt. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and an arcade/games room. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the property condition ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"The property was spacious, had beautiful views of the Matterhorn, and the pool and jacuzzi was relaxing after a long day skiing. Take the Gornegrat Bahn to and from the property, as it's much easier than walking up and down the path. I would definitely recommend Legendär to my friends."

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2022

Legendär Zermatt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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