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Tucked in the shadow of the jagged Matterhorn on the German-speaking canton of Valais in Switzerland, and widely acclaimed as one of the best — and certainly prettiest — ski resorts in Europe, Zermatt has remained a cute wooden-chalet style village; it is traffic-free and crammed with quality boutiques, hotels, and restaurants. In addition to hanging on to its air of old-world charm, the skiing is second to none, with a network of speedy, efficient lifts and 360km of pistes from easy to ultra-demanding. While skiing in Zermatt is possible every day of the year, it is also a great hiking destination in the summer. Here’s what to do if you have only one day to explore the delights of this corner of Switzerland.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

5 City Tips

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8 Places

Fuchs Bistro and Bakery

Restaurants

Gornergrat

Railways, Lookouts, Scenic Drives

Mt. Gornergrat

Mountains

Restaurant Riffelhaus 1853

Restaurants

Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

Ski & Snowboard Areas

Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Du Pont

Restaurants

Unique Hotel Post

Hotels

Sasha H's City Tips

  • Zermatt is an expensive ski resort but choosing with care can keep restaurant bills down.
  • Car-free Zermatt is easily explored on foot.
  • Ski gear is fine for the mountain restaurants at lunchtime but some of the smart hotel restaurants in the village require a smart-casual dress code in the evening.
  • Tipping is not expected but many people round the bill up to the nearest franc.
  • The mountains can be reached by a network of lifts and cog railways; ask at the tourist office on Bahnhofplatz for the ticket that best suits your needs.
  • Fuchs Bistro and Bakery
    Restaurants (Swiss, Cafe, European, Healthy)
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    Sasha H Says:

    Fuchs is one of Zermatt’s best-loved bakeries, with all its tasty produce cooked daily on the premises. The branch on Getwingstrasse is the place to pick up freshly baked rye bread rolls stuffed with local cheeses and smoked hams to enjoy with strong black coffee or hot chocolate — a great spot to kick-start the brain first thing in the morning.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Fuchs has three outposts in Zermatt.
    • They make delicious, Matterhorn-shaped pralines that are perfect gifts to take back home.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    • Great cafes in great location 20/05/2019
    • Much Needed! 29/04/2019
    • Fuchs Bistro and Bakery
    Address:
    Getwingstrasse 24
    3920 Zermatt
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 20 63
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 18:30
    Other:
  • Gornergrat
    Railways, Lookouts, Scenic Drives
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    Sasha H Says:

    The daily-running Gornergrat Bahn is an eco-friendly cog railway that generates its own electricity on its descent; it was first opened in 1898 and takes passengers from Zermatt station right up to the summit of the Gornergrat. Enjoy the several high-altitude stops along its vertical climb of 1,469 meters, passing over bridges and through tunnels, traveling through a spectacular landscape of pine forest, crystal-clear mountain tarns, glaciers, and deep ravines.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • En route to the viewing platform up at Gornergrat, it is possible to glimpse 29 mountains that are over 4,000m (including Monte Rosa), and the conical peak of the Matterhorn.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 23 Sights & Landmarks in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The trip to do if in Zermatt 22/05/2019
    • Excellent Place For Photo Shoot 22/05/2019
    • Gornergrat
    Address:
    Bahnhofplatz 7
    Bahnhof
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 848 642 442
    Other:
  • Mt. Gornergrat
    Mountains
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    Sasha H Says:

    At the top of the cog railway is the 3,100m summit of Mt. Gornergrat, complete with a viewing platform revealing the snowy splendors of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and Dufourspitze, as well as the glinting blue ice of Gorner Glacier. It is the jumping off point for skiers and hikers to head back down to Zermatt and the complex also includes an observatory, Europe’s highest hotel, the Kulmhotel Gornergrat, souvenir shops, several restaurants, plus a panoramic terrace perfect for catching the rays on sunny days.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Kids will love the chance to have their photo taken with the huge but cuddly St. Bernard dogs at Mount Gornergrat.
    • Nearby is a sanctuary dedicated to St Bernhard of Aosta, the patron saint of the Valais region.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 50 things to do in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic!!! 20/05/2019
    • nice 28/04/2019
    • Mt. Gornergrat
    Address:
    Bahnhofplatz 7
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 848 642 442
    Other:
  • Restaurant Riffelhaus 1853
    Restaurants (Swiss, European, Central European)
    Sasha H Says:

    Reputedly serving the best fondues and rösti in the Valais mountains, the Hotel Riffelberg opened in 1895 and is two stops back down towards Zermatt from Gornergrat on the cog railway, although the descent can be skied in winter. The perfect pit stop for a late lunch, it has a suntrap terrace with views over the Dents du Midi, and in summer is a base for hiking trails into the Alps.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Service can be slow but you’re on vacation, so be patient. Kick back and enjoy the alpine views.
    • Restaurant Riffelberg is always busy so to be sure of a table, book ahead.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #143 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    • Wonderful views, great food and friendly and welcoming service 06/02/2019
    • Amazing view, good food 16/01/2019
    • Restaurant Riffelhaus 1853
    Address:
    Riffelberg 2500 m
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 966 65 00
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$39
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
    Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    Sasha H Says:

    With 360km of pistes, and much of it above 3,000m, Zermatt can be skied all year round and is revered as one of the best winter sports resorts in Europe. However, it is also a pretty, chalet-style village packed with designer stores and high-end boutiques, well worth an hour or so's exploration after skiing down, or descending on the cog railway from Riffelberg.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Zermatt comes alive late afternoon, when visitors stroll the streets window shopping or enjoying a cocktail at one of the many bars.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 50 things to do in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A dream if you do not have to watch your budget. 11/05/2019
    • Best Skiresort ever........... 07/05/2019
    • Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
    Phone:
    +41 27 966 01 01
    Other:
  • Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
    Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sasha H Says:

    Zermatlantis Matterhorn Museum is a cleverly laid out museum that examines the backstory of Zermatt as it developed from farming community to world-class ski resort in under a century, as well as detailing various expeditions set to climb the fabled Matterhorn. There are several recreated rustic rooms to explore here, flickering film of climbers on the mountain, plus the sleek, subterranean design of Zermatlantis, which opened its doors in 2006.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Check the museum opening times before visiting as they vary widely throughout the year.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 50 things to do in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 20/05/2019
    • Surprise! 15/05/2019
    • Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
    Address:
    Kirchplatz 11
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 41 00
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Other:
  • Du Pont
    Restaurants (Swiss, European)
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    Sasha H Says:

    Café du Pont is located in a traditional wooden chalet and is the oldest restaurant in Zermatt. For its high-end village location, it has a surprisingly casual vibe and pleasingly down-to-earth prices, and is the go-to place to sample raclette (a fondue of melted cheese, potatoes and cured salamis) and delicious plates of rösti potato patties.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Try another Valais delicacy, the cheese fondue flavored with Kirsch, a locally produced fruit brandy.
    • Stick to the Swiss specialties on the menu; the Valais cheese for the fondue is all made and aged on the premises.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 191 restaurants in Zermatt
    • AVOID THIS RESTAURANT! 19/05/2019
    • A must, however the weather looks like.... 17/05/2019
    • Du Pont
    Address:
    Oberdorfstrasse 7
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 27 967 43 43
    Other:
  • Unique Hotel Post
    Hotels
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    Sasha H Says:

    If you’re still not ready for bed, head straight for the Hotel Post, which dominates Zermatt’s after-dark scene with its five venues — all very different in style. There’s a choice of sophisticated cocktails at Papa Caesar Lounge Bar, dancing at the ever-crowded basement Broken Bar Disco, or nightly live jazz and soul performances at the Pink Live Music Bar between November and April. The Loft Lounge Club is the only venue in Zermatt aimed specifically at night owls aged over 28 and the playlist is music from the 1980s and 90s, while the Brown Cow Pub is aimed at a younger, noisier crowd.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The ambience of the Hotel Post is generally quite sophisticated and ski gear is definitely not allowed in the Loft Lounge or Papa Caesar.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 109 Hotels in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for an escape to amazing Zermatt! 08/05/2019
    • Good Restaurant 07/05/2019
    • Unique Hotel Post
    Address:
    Bahnhofstrasse 41
    3920 Zermatt
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
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