Things to do - general


The world’s most photographed mountain, the Matterhorn, has to be on everyone’s bucket list.
Zermatt is only a few hours away from the international airports of Zurich, Geneva and Basel not to mention that it has its own heliport, which is operated by the Air Zermatt company. The Matterhorn ski paradise is not only the Alpine region’s highest skiing area, but also the best developed in the world, open 365 days a year.

Guests conveniently reach the centre of the alpine village by train. Zermatt has always been car-free. Walking is the transport of choice, both during summer and winter, or you can take a horse carriage or one of the small electric taxis that take the guests’ luggage through the narrow streets to the hotels and holiday apartments.


November 01, 2019 to May 03, 2020

Ski area

With 360km of runs, the most impressive mountain in the Alps creates an unprecedented fascination from any vantage point: From Rothorn you can enjoy a picture postcard view, on Schwarzsee you can almost touch the Matterhorn, and the Matterhorn glacier paradise allows you to soar towards the legendary mountain.

Matterhorn ski paradise is the highest winter sports area in the Alps. Apart from guaranteed snow conditions, the region is one of the best-developed and extensive ski resorts anywhere in the world. Skiing and snowboarding 365 days a year – something this unique destination, straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy, pulls off with international flair.


With 108 hotels ranging from lodges to 5 star hotels (5), Zermatt offers something for every budget although the majority of hotels are 3 and 4 star (87 total).


Zermatt‘s first attractions are skiing, hiking or just enjoying the spectacular view of the majestic Matterhorn. But you will also be tempted by the numerous shops. The shopping opportunities in the exclusive boutiques along the main street offer a vast array of souvenirs. From the finest in Swiss watches to the classic Swiss army knife, you will have no trouble finding an authentic souvenir for yourself or someone back home. And of course, you can buy Swiss chocolate everywhere.

Top Events

Horu Trophy Zermatt – the Horu Trophy is one of Europe’s largest Open Air Curling-Tournaments (January).
Matterhorn Ultraks Skialp – ski tour races in breathtaking mountain scenery (March/April every two years).
Patrouille des Glaciers – a cult ski mountaineering race from Zermatt to Verbier via Arolla (April, every other year).
Zermatt Unplugged – international stars at the Matterhorn (April).

Languages spokenGerman, French, Italian
Currency usedCHF (Swiss Franc)
Transfer time

Train to Zermatt from:

Interlaken: 2 hrs

Zurich airport: 3.5 hrs

Geneva airport: 3.5 hrs

Milan airport: 4 hrs

Resort altitude1,620m
Linked ski area

Matterhorn Ski Paradise (3 resorts)

Zermatt - Cervinia - Valtournenche

Skiable area

Zermatt - 76 runs (13 blues, 42 reds, 16 yellows, 5 blacks) - 200km of runs.

Cervinia - 46 runs (11 blues, 28 reds, 7 blacks) - 105km of runs.

Valtournenche - 23 runs (9 blues, 12 reds, 2 blacks) - 55km of runs.

Total runs: 145 (360 km)

Number of lifts54


Zermatt Matterhorn video

Trail maps

Matterhorn Ski Paradise trail map

Zermatt trail map


Where to stay in Zermatt

CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort

CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort.Read ReviewsOpen: More info
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Grand Hotel Zermatterhof.Read ReviewsOpening dat More info
Hotel Alpenhof

Hotel Alpenhof

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Hotel Alpenhof.Read ReviewsOpen: 15 Dec 2018  More info
Hotel Daniela

Hotel Daniela

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Hotel Daniela.Read ReviewsOpening dates: 08 Dec More info
Hotel Monte Rosa

Hotel Monte Rosa

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Hotel Monte Rosa.Read ReviewsOpening dates: 21 D More info
Mont Cervin Palace

Mont Cervin Palace

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Mont Cervin Palace.Read ReviewsOpening dates: 13 More info
Romantik Hotel Julen

Romantik Hotel Julen

Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Romantik Hotel Julen.Read ReviewsOpen: 15 Dec 20 More info
Magnificent Switzerland (Gold) - 12 Days

Magnificent Switzerland (Gold) - 12 Days

St Moritz, Andermatt, Zermatt
Winter wonderland on the Glacier Express with Swiss alpine chic to traditional villages. The 12 Day More info


First Track

Exclusive enjoyment of the sun‘s early rays and virgin pistes in the Matterhorn ski paradise – your chance to carve the fi rst tracks in the snow before the day‘s skiing offi cially starts. And after the accompanied descent you can enjoy a hearty buff et-style breakfast at restaurant Matterhorn glacier paradise.

Tobogganing fun

A great way to round off a sunny day on the slopes – with a special trip at 7.30 pm taking you from Zermatt to Furi. The old mountain traditions are alive and well in this sleepy hamlet. Take your pick from the many restaurants and enjoy a hearty dinner. Then it‘s off on a high-speed toboggan ride back down to Zermatt.

Moonlight descent

Immerse yourself in the twilight snowscapes of the Rothorn. Enjoy a fondue in the cosy atmosphere of the restaurant before making a romantic moonlight descent from Rothorn or Blauherd. The piste control and rescue service will make sure you stay safe on the slopes as you enjoy the run in the refreshing night air.

Piste preparation

Every evening, as soon as the pistes are empty, the snowcat drivers get to work. The snow groomers are on duty from 4 pm till midnight so that you can wake up to freshly prepared pistes every morning. Have you ever wondered how the pistes are prepared? Here‘s your chance to fi nd out, by accompanying an experienced snowcat driver during an evening‘s work. We guarantee it’ll be an exciting adventure!

Heliskiing & heliboarding with Air Zermatt

Other activities:

  • Curling (outdoor)
  • Paragliding
  • Climbing (indoor, outdoor)
  • Peak excursions
  • Playground & Indoor Scope
  • Electronic Skeet Shooting
  • Sightseeing flight
  • Skiing & Snowboarding (all year round)
  • Ski touring
  • Forest Fun Park
  • Snowshoe
  • Glacier Palace
  • Snowpark Zermatt
  • Guided village tour
  • Heliskiing
  • Tobogganing
  • Ice climbing
  • Ice hockey (outdoor) artificial ice rink
  • Ice skating (nature & artificial ice rink)
  • Wellness
  • Ice stick shooting

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Bars: 57
Restaurants in the village: 112
Mountain restaurants: 49

Bakeries: 8
Banks: 4
Camping: 1
Cash machines: 6
Churches (Catholic, Protestant, English): 3
Clothing & sports shops: 40
Doctors: 7
Grocer’s: 7
Mountain guide office (Zermatters): 1
Pharmacies: 4
Playgrounds: 7
Post Office: 1
Ski & Snowboard Schools: 9
Sport fields: 2
Tourist Office: 1