Zermatt Travel Guide

The beautiful town of Zermatt is located on the Swiss border with Italy, in the canton of Valais. It lies at the foot of the Matterhorn Mountain, which stands at a height of 4478 metres. With about 300 sunny days a year, Zermatt is perfect for everyone who wants to enjoy a top class ski holiday in the highest area of the Alps. Since 1947, only electric cars and buses without a combustion engine are allowed to drive in the town. This fact guarantees clean, fresh air and the best conditions for all kinds of sports and activities.

A further highlight is the skiing facilities in summer - about 20 kilometres of the pistes are available for 365 days a year.

Additional Information
Useful Information
  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 35 min
  • Geneva Airport: 230km from the city centre; transfer time about 2 hours 50 min
  • Currency: Swiss franc
Attractions

Zermatt has much more to offer than many other ski resorts.

Here is an overview of the different possibilities to make the most of your trip to Zermatt:

Winter activities:

  • Skiing and Snowboarding: 365 days a year!
  • Different specials: Moonlight skiing, Freeride and Gravity Park, Heli Skiing…
  • (Snowshoe) Hiking / Walking
  • Ice climbing
  • Ice skating
  • Curling
  • Paragliding
  • Tobogganing
  • Igloo village

Summer activities:

  • Skiing
  • Mountain biking
  • Forest Fun Park
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Fly fishing
  • Paragliding
  • Mountaineering and Biking

Culture Activities:

  • Zermatt Festival (early September)
  • Matterhorn Museum
  • Galleries
  • Cinema
  • Village Guided Tours
  • Folklore Festival: every second week in August

For anyone who still needs convincing, a trip to the dairy of cheesemaker "Alpin", a helicopter sightseeing flight or an excursion to the highest glacial palace in the world are some of the other thrilling excursion possibilities.

Places to shop

Numerous shops are spread out around the town. Many of these specialise in sports clothing and accessories. Tourists will find everything they require for their stay.

Jewellers sell the famous Swiss watches and gift shops provide a wide range of souvenirs to take a piece of the holiday home.

Places to eat

Tuftern

This restaurant serves particularly good soups, sausages and cheese.

Restaurant Simi

This restaurant has a very delightful atmosphere and also an accordion player.

Zum See

Known for its famous Café Grolla - a steaming mixture of coffee, Grappa, Cointreau and fruit.

Vernissage

The Vernissage is a unique venue which gives an insight into the new era of event gastronomy: a bar, lounge, restaurant, cinema - all in one! In the winter season, the chef provides different tapas variations and other delicious snacks.

Stadel

The restaurant Stadel is well known for its Raclette and Fondue specialities. Specially selected wines and cheeses are served alongside the food.

Nightlife

Olympia Stübli

Olympia Stübli serves some of the best Glühwein (hot spiced red wine).

Monte- Rose Hotel

This hotel houses a great bar for some of the most beautiful views of Zermatt.

Schneewitchen

This nightclub mostly attracts the younger crowd.

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