Zermatt

Switzerland

Photo provided by Leander Wenger/Zermatt Tourism
Photo provided by Leander Wenger/Zermatt Tourism
Zermatt is calling! Discover its skiing, mountain views, hiking and more.

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.

Known for

Skiing, Hiking and Mountains

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Where to stay in Zermatt

Zermatt City Centre
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Zermatt City Centre

Culture, Festivals, Mountains

The relaxing spas and popular ski slopes are top of the list for many visitors to Zermatt City Centre. A stop by Matterhorn Ski Paradise or Matterhorn Museum might round out your trip.

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Top hotels in Zermatt

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Alpenhof
4.5 out of 5
Matterstrasse 43, Postfach 462, Zermatt, VS
£192/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
4.7/5Exceptional! (299 reviews)

Located in the heart of Zermatt, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Mauritius Church and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Matterhorn Museum and Mountaineers ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (299 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel, nice location, great bar/lounge, amazing pool, awesome staff. Best stop on our entire trip through Switzerland."…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019

Hotel Alpenhof
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Hotel Continental
3 out of 5
Brantschenhaus 3, Zermatt, Valais
£157/night
15 Sep-16 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (279 reviews)

Located in Zermatt City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Matterhorn Museum and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. St. Mauritius Church and Mountaineers Cemetery ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (279 reviews)

"They left the key for our late check-in. We breakfast meal was very good and fresh. The bathroom we had looked newly remodeled with over sized bath tub and shower. The sleeping area was older looking compared to the bathroom. The staff was very helpful, providing ice packs for my wife who twisted ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2019

Hotel Continental
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Hotel Jägerhof
3 out of 5
Steinmattstrasse 85, Zermatt, VS
£129/night
25 Sep-26 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (348 reviews)

Located near the slopes, this Zermatt hotel is situated in the mountains, within 1 mile (2 km) of Mountaineers Cemetery and Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and is convenient ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (348 reviews)

"Awesome view of Matterhorn. Very friendly owner/manager. Quite close to the cable car."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2019

Hotel Jägerhof

Popular things to do in Zermatt

Matterhorn
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Matterhorn

Trek through scenic Alpine meadows and climb up the Mountain of Mountains, which is among Europe’s tallest rock formations, looming over the resort of Zermatt.

Klein Matterhorn Cable Car
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Klein Matterhorn Cable Car

Hit the slopes at Klein Matterhorn Cable Car, a top ski area in Zermatt. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Matterhorn Ski Paradise
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise

Hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, a top ski area in Zermatt. Discover the area's mountain views and spas.

Gornergrat Station
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Gornergrat Station

Enjoy a stop at Gornergrat Station, a landmark worth seeing in Zermatt. Discover the mountain views and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Sunnegga Ski Resort
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Sunnegga Ski Resort

Bring your kids to learn to ski in winter, watch marmots by the lake in summer and ride the famed gondolas through mountains.

Schwarzee Lake
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Schwarzee Lake

Appreciate the spectacular views of the snow-capped peak of the Matterhorn as you ride a gondola to this scenic lake.

Top activities in Zermatt

Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Zurich
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Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Zurich

£431

You will start the tour by meeting your tourguide at your hotel and make your way to the trainstatin in Zürich. From there, an intercity train takes you within two hours to south-Switzerland, where you change onto the Matterhorn-Gotthard-raillway.

Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Basel
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Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Basel

£431

You will start the tour by meeting your tourguide at your hotel and make your way to the trainstatin in Basel. From there, an intercity train takes you within two hours to south-Switzerland, where you change onto the Matterhorn-Gotthard-raillway.

Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Lucerne
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Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Lucerne

£431

You will start the tour by meeting your tourguide at your hotel and make your way to the trainstatin in Luzern. From there, an intercity train takes you within two hours to south-Switzerland, where you change onto the Matterhorn-Gotthard-raillway.

Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area)
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Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area)

£324

You will start the tour by meeting your tourguide at your hotel in Zermatt. Together, you wil make your way to the historical part of the village. Visit the small streets and get information about the architecture of the wooden houses.

Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Bern
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Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Bern

£431

You will start the tour by meeting your tourguide at your hotel and make your way to the trainstatin in Bern. From there, an intercity train takes you within one hour to south-Switzerland, where you change onto the Matterhorn-Gotthard-raillway.

Vacation Photographer in Zermatt
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Vacation Photographer in Zermatt

£26

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.