Set at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, Zermatt is one of Europe's most famous ski resorts. From elegant chalets to scenic pistes, Zermatt lives up to its glitzy reputation. While snow sports are the resort's biggest drawcard, in summer Zermatt transforms into an outdoor playground.
Things to do in Zermatt
The views from Zermatt's cable cars are stunning, but nothing tops Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Whisking passengers over 3,800 metres high into the Alps, it's Europe’s highest-altitude cable car. On a clear day, the Panoramic Platform offers knockout views of Zermatt's sparkling glaciers and jagged peaks.
Running since 1898, Gornergrat Bahn is Europe's highest cogwheel railway. The 30-minute journey is particularly popular at sunrise and sunset when the Matterhorn glows in the ambient light. For a longer trip, why not break up your ride with a creamy hot chocolate in Riffelalp or Riffelberg?
For a glimpse at Zermatt's mountaineering history, don't miss the Matterhorn Museum. Inside you'll find photos, short films and plenty of mountaineering memorabilia. Enhance your visit with a trip to the Mountaineers' Cemetery set in the gardens of St Mauritius Church.
Whether you visit in summer or winter, no trip to Zermatt would be complete without exploring its smorgasbord of restaurants, bistros and fondue taverns. Set in the scenic Findeln hamlet, Chez Vrony is known for its sweeping views of the Matterhorn, creamy homemade cheese, juicy sausages and legendary Alpine beef burgers.
Getting around Zermatt
The car-less Zermatt is easy to navigate on foot. Zermatt Station sits in the heart of the village and is within walking distance of hotels, restaurants and ski lifts. Another popular way of reaching Zermatt is via the scenic Glacier Express, which links Zermatt with St Moritz.