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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).


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.

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Preferred hotels

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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.

Schweizerhof Zermatt

Schweizerhof Zermatt is located at the foot of the Matterhorn. Accommodation consists of guest rooms and suites, each room featuring a private bathroom, a flat-screen television, hairdryer and coffee and tea making facilities. Guests can enjoy dining at any of the on-site restaurants. The on-site spa features a heated swimming pool, two saunas, a steam bath, two whirlpools, a relaxation room, three massage rooms and a fitness centre.

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, which opened in 1879, is a traditional luxury property in a central but quiet location in Zermatt. The individually furnished rooms and suites offer a panoramic view of the mountains. Most of the rooms even have a view of the Matterhorn. In addition, all rooms have a kettle with Ronnefeldt tea, a Nespresso coffee machine, free mineral water and non-alcoholic drinks from the minibar, as well as fresh fruit and wine on arrival. The hotel features 3 restaurants, free Wi-Fi, and the Vita Borni spa area with a large pool, a sauna area, and a range of treatments.

When to go

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

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