Traditional Wood Houses, Visit Zermatt Swiss Village
Visit Zermatt – Swiss Village Town Site
- Mountaineers’ Cemetery at St Peter’s (the English Church) and St Mauritius (the Catholic Church).
- Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis.
- View the Matterhorn from downtown Zermatt on several of its bridges as your wander this pedestrian only Swiss village town site.
Visit Zermatt – See More Sights
- Zermatt Festival – in early September each year enjoy a variety of music performances at the Riffelalp Chapel on the mountain side. Access is by train from Zermatt.
- Take a helicopter ride around the Matterhorn.
The Glacier Express
Ride the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz. The trip takes over 7 hours and has 291 bridges and 91 tunnels. This is the world’s slowest express train. The Oberalp Pass is east of Zermatt. The Rhine Gorge is east of Zermatt as the train approaches Chur. The Landwasser Viaduct is located between St Moritz and Chur. Check out the Switzerland Train Trip for more information.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Visit Zermatt – Skiing
Zermatt Skiing is consistently rated one of the world’s top 3 ski destinations and many rate it #1. Enjoy Moonlight Paradise night on Rothorn, Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn. In winter, take a sunset cable ride to one of these ski centers for Swiss dining, including fondue. Then ski down the slopes under the moonlight. Lifts and cable cars interconnect ski areas to provide Zermatt with over 300 km of trails and 69 lifts.
Matterhorn viewed from 12,000 feet, Visit Zermatt
Savor the Tastes of Zermatt
- Have lunch at Chez Vrony in the Rothorn Paradise.
- Enjoy a cured meat buffet breakfast at most hotels.
- Lunch on rye bread (roggenbrot), nut loaf (nusstorte ), fondue and chocolate. The Matterhorn is the logo for Toblerone Chocolate.
Mont Blanc from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Get to Zermatt
You can get to Zermatt can be reached by train by heading south from Visp via the narrow-gauge Matterhorn Gotthard Railway. Travel times are: Zurich – 3 hours, Basel – 3 hours, Bern – 2 hours. You can also get to Zermatt on the Glacier Express from Chur and St Moritz, but it will also go through Visp. Motor vehicles have been banned from Zermatt for decades, so local transportation is by battery powered taxi, electric shuttle buses or horse drawn carts. Cars must stop in Täsch on the route south from Visp. There are thousands of parking spots in Täsch where you can leave your car and catch the train to visit Zermatt.
Matterhorn viewed from Zermatt Swiss village
Zermatt is known for its skiing and that means wintery weather. You can expect December to January average highs on the valley floor to be around 36 F (2 C). The average low temperature in winter is about 25 F (-4 C). Zermatt isn’t all about skiing though. Over 3,000 climbers reach the summit of the Matterhorn each summer. Expect July and August average highs of 68 F (20 F) and lows of 50 F (10 C). There is no pronounced season for rain or snowfall in Zermatt. With elevations up to 12,000 feet, summer temperatures in the mountains are never much more than comfortable or cool.