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Guide to Zermatt Outdoors

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Situated at the foot of the Matterhorn (more widely known as the Toblerone Mountain), Zermatt is the place to be if you a professional skier, an absolute beginner to mountain sports, or just a seeker of beauty. A short stroll around the town's few tiny streets - thronged by a seemingly bizarre mix of climbers, skiers, paragliding enthusiasts, base jumpers, and multibillionaires from around the world - will give you the quickest possible crash course in the Swiss lifestyle. In this Alpine idyll with rough nature conditions and luxurious retreats, you'll find excellent sunny slopes, innumerable mountain trails, glacier hikes, hot tubs, and thermal baths. The list of exciting things to do is simply never-ending, so explore your limits and pamper your body to a whole new level.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller

6 Places

6 City Tips

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6 Places

Lotschberg Base Tunnel

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Gornergrat

Railways, Lookouts, Scenic Drives

The Matterhorn

Mountains

Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

Ski & Snowboard Areas

Iglu-Dorf Zermatt

Hotels

Visp

Destinations

miminomadic's City Tips

  • The fastest, most hustle-free, and scenic way to arrive in Zermatt is by train. Swiss trains are among the best in the world, but this convenience costs.
  • If you are not based in Switzerland, it is worth buying the Swiss Pass — you will be able to ride as many trains as you want for a set number of days.
  • No cars are allowed in Zermatt, so if you are traveling by car, don't be surprised that you will have to leave it at an airport-like terminal in Täsch.
  • From the car park in Täsch, you can then take the shuttle train to Zermatt (about 12 minutes).
  • Electromobiles, electric mini buses, and horse carriages are the only means of transportation in the town itself, apart from walking — so fresh, clean air is guaranteed!
  • Make sure you have the right shoes on.
  • Lotschberg Base Tunnel
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    miminomadic Says:

    If you're skeptical about spending a fortune on a train to Zermatt, a more economic option, especially if you are traveling with friends, is to take your car on a train. (Yes, you heard right!) The shortest drive from the north is along a winding and picturesque road with amazing views on either side. Suddenly, the road simply stops and you have to load your car onto a train ('autoverlad'), which carries you to the other side of the mountain ridge through a tunnel (about twenty minutes of complete darkness). The feeling of entering the base of a tremendous mountain, with its weight above you, is quite unique.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tunnel passes can be purchased directly on arrival as well as online. Price is slightly lower if traveling on a weekday.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Frutigen
    • Awesome experience! 14/05/2019
    • Must do experience 28/08/2018
    • Lotschberg Base Tunnel
    Address:
    Between Frutigen, Berne and Raron, Valais
    Frutigen 3718
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 58 327 31 32
    Price range:
    US$27 - US$27
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:15 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Gornergrat
    Railways, Lookouts, Scenic Drives
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    miminomadic Says:

    Make sure you take this train up the mountain to catch a first glimpse of the beautiful Matterhorn. Regardless of whether or not you intend to ski, it's worth it just to get carried away by the view.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The price for the train is included in the ski pass, so if you ski, you do not need to pay extra.
    • Sit on the right side.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 23 Sights & Landmarks in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cloudy day 17/05/2019
    • Remarkable clear day 16/05/2019
    • Gornergrat
    Address:
    Bahnhofplatz 7
    Bahnhof
    Zermatt 3920
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 848 642 442
    Other:
  • The Matterhorn
    Mountains
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    miminomadic Says:

    Absolutely beautiful with its massive pyramid shape and edgy peak, the Matterhorn is one the main reasons to go to Zermatt. There are great hiking routes around that can be done independently as long as you choose ones appropriate for your experience and fitness level.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Unless you deem yourself a professional Alpinist and have an experienced guide, do not try climbing the Matterhorn on your own.
    • The level of difficulty is noted on the website, though routes are usually more difficult and take more than time than described — leave yourself plenty of extra time to get back.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 50 things to do in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful mountain 21/05/2019
    • Freaking amazing 21/05/2019
    • The Matterhorn
  • Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
    Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    miminomadic Says:

    Over 200 kilometers of skiing pistes that reach out to Italy certainly won't leave you any opportunity for boredom. There are numerous red and blue tracks, especially in the Gornergrat sector, that are quite wide and not that steep, and therefore very appealing to people who just started snowboarding or skiing. Meanwhile, experts might want to try the numerous exciting off-piste routes, ski tours, or even heli-skiing. Reaching the Italian side is also a great option, but plan enough time ahead for coming back — it is quite far and it might take a whole day.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you know the times of the last lifts and trains, to avoid being left up in the mountain.
    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:
  • Iglu-Dorf Zermatt
    Hotels
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    miminomadic Says:

    Easily accessible from most of the pistes surrounding it, this place is a great spot for a break.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Treat yourself with a drink or a snack while resting on one of the sunbeds.
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 33 Bed and Breakfasts in Zermatt
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unforgettable Experience 31/03/2019
    • This is for the bar only- arguably the best bar on the slopes! 28/03/2019
    • Iglu-Dorf Zermatt
    Address:
    Rotenboden
    Zermatt
    Switzerland
  • Visp
    Destinations
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    miminomadic Says:

    Do as the Swiss do: Stay at a traditional Alpine chalet! These vary from very basic, rough, and cheap to the latest in luxury accommodation trends. While there are certainly plenty of chalets in Zermatt, for a cheaper stay, check out the countless options in nearby Visp. Planning with friends to book an entire chalet is the best option!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Most important criteria for choosing a chalet: Outdoor hot tub and a mountain view!
    • Brig, also near Zermatt, offers many chalet options as well.
    • Prices are lower when it's not ski season, during spring and summer.
    • Chalet Nepomuk in Zermatt is pricey, but offers unbeatable views of the Matterhorn.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Visp
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