Zermatt
Canton Valais

Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The town's touristic development is closely linked to what is most probably the world's most famous mountain. The vacation destination is a car-free zone, has preserved its original character and offers nearly unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned.

About Zermatt

The location of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes it one of the world's most attractive vacation villages. The ski region encompasses 54 mountain railways and lifts as well as 360 kilometers of ski runs. The region called "Matterhorn glacier paradise" is Europe's largest and highest lying summer skiing region. Numerous national ski teams train here in the summer.

The region is legendary amongst mountaineers: the Haute Route, a challenging international route that takes several days to complete, leads from Mont Blanc to Zermatt. Over 400 kilometers of hiking trails lead through and out of the Matter Valley, including the mule traders' trails, which date back to the 13th century (a part of these paths is paved).

Winter

In winter, the snow-assured ski region offers 360 km of ski runs in three varied ski areas: the Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat-Stockhorn, Schwarzsee and Matterhorn glacier paradise. Snowboarders and freestylers are able to hone their skills in the Snowpark Zermatt in which Olympic hopefuls also train. A crossover to the Italian ski region of Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche is possible from the Matterhorn glacier paradise / Theodulpass.

Those in search of something different can try their hand at paragliding or off-piste heli-skiing accompanied by an experienced mountain guide.

Summer

Walking, cycling, climbing and high-Alpine tours are popular activities in summer and autumn. Every year, the four-thousand-meter summits attract many Alpinists. 400 km of walking trails also guide guests who are not overly adept at climbing through the mountainscape around Zermatt.

The cog railway operates between Zermatt and the 3089-metre-high Gornergrat. The summit offers up spectacular views of the Matterhorn, the glaciers and the Monte-Rosa massif.

At 3883 meters in altitude, Europe’s highest vantage point able to be reached by cableway also offers a fascinating panoramic vista of the Matterhorn (4478 meters) and summits of the Swiss, Italian and French Alps. The glacier palace can be admired 15 meters beneath the ice surface. Six ski lifts as well as a cableway provide access to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest summer ski region of the Alps on the Theodul glacier.

Our personal highlights

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Chalets & private Villas

Consider a stay at one of Suisse Selection’s Private Chalets, thoughtfully selected for their stunning locations, individual design and discrete service.

Chalet Les Anges

A masterful statement chalet in its prime with unrivalled Matterhorn views and a dynamic living area that is just as comfortable providing a restful post-skiing sanctuary as hosting a lavish party. Boasting the ultimate accolade of 'Best Ski Chalet in the World,' Chalet Les Anges is in a class of its own.

Seven beautiful bedrooms cloaked in luxury, each one exquisitely designed. With direct views of the Matterhorn or an elevated vista of the soaring mountains, they each offer a delightful and highly seductive sanctuary.

Chalet Grace

Chalet Grace welcomes guests with the flair and sophistication of an exceptional hostess. With roaring open fires, floor to ceiling windows framing the Matterhorn and luxurious, social areas, expect a completely captivating experience.

Beautifully designed with a charming feminine touch, every one of the five bedrooms promises a peaceful, luxurious haven.

Heinz Julen Loft

Chalet Heinz Julen Loft is without doubt the most spectacular property in Zermatt, if not the Alps. A huge 300 sqm Manhattan style loft set in a wooden chalet in the Swiss Alps; it combines acres of glass, steel, textured concrete and wood in a unique symphony of fusion architecture created by local star designer Heinz Julen. This luxury ski chalet “The Heinz Julen Loft” was Heinz’s private home where he hosted many rock-star parties.

In the main living area there are 2 double bedrooms (with Austrian twin beds) both with en suite bathrooms. The master bedroom is ‘hidden’ on the top floor, which you access through a stairwell behind the breakfast table. It has a king size bed, an en suite bathroom and a private jacuzzi bath. Before entering the master bedroom you have your private sauna and in the landing a cross-country exercise machine.

Chalet Heidi

A modern and traditional wooden Swiss chalet in the centre of Zermatt, ideal for the perfect alpine winter or summer holiday! Chalet Heidi is a first floor apartment located in Haus Bittel in the very heart of Zermatt. Comprising the entire first floor (128 sqm) of a traditional, creaky, wooden, Swiss chalet, this is a delightful luxury ski chalet apartment which has been totally refurbished: a real Zermatt gem sleeping up to 6 people.

Chalet Heidi is located in the heart of Zermatt, between the church and the school, close to the main shopping street. It is 1 min walk to the church square and 7 mins walk to Matterhorn Express lift.

South facing, it overlooks a rushing mountain torrent and a jumble of village roofs with the mountains above. There are sunbathed wooden balconies on all sides. It is the perfect hideaway, with the best of all worlds: both old and new.

Preferred hotels

Browse Suisse Selection’s favored luxury hotels, carefully chosen for their unmatched excellence in architecture, service, gastronomy, and comfort.

CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort

Nestled above the slopes of Zermatt, CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort is a serene holiday resort in Switzerland. The beautiful landscape allows for stunning views from the 6 chalets and 36 rooms and suites. The resort accommodations feature minibars, Nespresso coffee machines, flat screen TVs and WLAN facilities. Guests can dine and enjoy refreshing drinks at CERVO Puro, Ferdinand or the hotel lounge. Other amenities include a sauna, outdoor whirlpool and bucket showers, ensuring that guests have all the facilities needed for a truly relaxing stay.

Mont Cervin Palace

Located in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn, the chic resort of Zermatt is an unspoiled sanctuary for skiers, and the Mont Cervin Palace is an elegant accommodation destination. Cars are not allowed in the town, so guests travel from the train station by covered horse drawn carriage, a foretaste of the hotel’s signature quaint charm and warm hospitality.

The hotel rooms are decorated in different styles, from rustic Alpine to luxurious contemporary, all have stunning views of the Mischabel mountain chain, the Edelweiss or the Matterhorn. After enjoying the 400 kilometers of hiking trails and 350 kilometers of ski slopes, guests can retreat to the 1700 square meter Wellness and Spa with outdoor pool and magnificent mountain views. The hotel complex also features three in house fine dining restaurants.

Riffelalp Resort 2222M

On a small plateau above Zermatt, the Riffelalp Resort 2222M is a luxury hotel in Europe. Built in 1884 as a summer only enclave, the property enjoys a lofty location and is unreachable by car. Ski and nature lovers enjoy the mild micro climate and unique location of the hotel, in the heart of the Gornergrat skiing and hiking area. The region has a nine hole golf course. Dining options include The Alexandre, Walliserkeller, Ristorante al Bosco, Mark Twain Lounge and Dine Around.

Hotel Monte Rosa

Hotel Monte Rosa is located in Zermatt. The boutique hotel boasts 41 rooms and suites with views of either the Matterhorn or Zermatt. Each room and suite is comfortably styled and features modern amenities such as a private bathroom, flat-screen TV and minibar.

The on-site restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience in an elegant setting with crystal chandeliers and historical paintings. Just a few steps down the street, Mont Cervin Palace, the sister of Hotel Monte Rosa, offers guests a wellness area with a spa, swimming pool, a fitness room and sauna.

Unique experiences

Discover Suisse Selection’s once-in-a-lifetime activities, to be included in your personal itinerary.

Charles Kuonen suspension bridge
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Matterhorn
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Glacier Express
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When to go

Switzerland has a moderate climate and four distinct seasons, making it an attractive year-round travel destination.

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