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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 Alpenhof
Hotel Alpenhof
4.5 out of 5
Matterstrasse 43, Postfach 462, Zermatt, VS
The price is £190 per night from 8 Jun to 8 Jun
Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Zermatt is within 1 mile (2 km) of Zermatt–Sunnegga Funicular and Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and is convenient ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (415 reviews)
Great arrangement for ski
"Room has balcony, comfortable Lobby, walking distance to the lift station ( sunny side), nice pool, inside and outside sauna, inside and outside jacuzzi, good food, cigar lounge, ice skating ring, afternoon tee, and most of all very friendly personal. We are very pleased with our stay. Tried some ..."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2020

Hotel Alpenhof
Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection Hotel
Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection Hotel
3 out of 5
Bodmenstrasse 21, Zermatt, VS
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £127 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Located near the slopes, this Zermatt City Centre hotel is in the mountains and within a 10-minute walk of Matterhorn Museum, St. Mauritius Church and Mountaineers ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (562 reviews)
Centrally located cozy hotel
"The front desk staff is friendly, check in and check out went smoothly. The room was specious and very clean. Breakfast options are standard and there are options to choose from. We will stay there again when in Zermatt."

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2020

Hotel Butterfly, BW Signature Collection Hotel
Alpen Resort Zermatt
Alpen Resort Zermatt
4 out of 5
Spissstrasse 50, Fam Aufdenblatten, Zermatt, Schweiz
The price is £137 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in Zermatt, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zermatt–Sunnegga Funicular and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Matterhorn Museum and St. Mauritius Church are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (174 reviews)
"Helpful and friendly staff! Good service in restaurant and bar! Good selection for breakfast! Amazing pool and spa facilities and outdoor hot tub is great! My room was small but very clean, found it hard to sleep at a few times, there was strange high frequency sound, maybe electrical! Great location ..."

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2021

Alpen Resort 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.
OVERLOOK Lodge by CERVO Zermatt
OVERLOOK Lodge by CERVO Zermatt
4 out of 5
64 Riedweg, Zermatt
The price is £242 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Situated in Zermatt, this apartment building is steps away from Zermatt–Sunnegga Funicular and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. St. Mauritius Church and Matterhorn Museum ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Nice view for Matterhorn
"The view from the room facing Matterhorn is fantastic. The pick up service from the train terminal save us the hassle of lugging our luggage bag up the steep slope. They also provide transport to the train station. Overall stay was pleasing! 👍"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019

OVERLOOK Lodge by CERVO Zermatt
22 Summits Apartments
22 Summits Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Oberdorfstrasse 130, Zermatt
Located near the slopes, this Zermatt apartment building is situated in the mountains, within 1 mile (2 km) of Matterhorn Museum and Matterhorn Ski Paradise, ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)
"Wonderful location and beautiful place. Service was excellent."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2019

22 Summits Apartments
Serviced Apartment Eva
Serviced Apartment Eva
4 out of 5
Schluhmattstrasse 73, Zermatt, Wallis
This family-friendly Zermatt apartment building is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Zermatt-Furi Gondola and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Matterhorn ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Our stay was amazing. Great location. Very close to (approximately 5-min walk) Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, it would be the perfect stay if you ski. The apartment itself is cozy and lovely. The balcony and the view is unbeatable. HEAVEN. Would definitely recommend to everyone. THE BEST STAY ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019

Serviced Apartment Eva
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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Reviews of Zermatt

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5/5 - Excellent

Brandon

16 Feb 2020

I love zermatt and will always make the trip once or twice a year

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Feb 2020

Car Free & unique old buildings

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Jan 2020

Great ski location

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Nov 2019

I love this lovely village very much.

5/5 - Excellent

Vee

24 Nov 2019

It is a place to visit and worth every penny!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

Good experience but very dear, stay closer to centre would be better

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