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Zermatt
When most people think of Zermatt, they think of one thing: The Matterhorn. This ultimate Swiss icon looms over Zermatt, first drawing visitors here in the 1860s. The village of Zermatt itself is lovely and car-free, with old-fashioned brown chalets and winding alleys. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk everywhere—there are electric vehicles and horse-drawn cabs.) Skiing in the region often lasts through early summer, but when the weather’s warmer, it’s a great time to hike.

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The Matterhorn
The Matterhorn
This imposing mountain towers 14,700 feet on the Swiss-Italian border.
Attraction type: Mountains
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Gornergrat
Gornergrat
Owner description: The Gornergrat (3,089 m) is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. The mountain panorama and the glorious view of the Matterhorn are... more Owner description: The Gornergrat (3,089 m) is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. The mountain panorama and the glorious view of the Matterhorn are unforgettable. With its sunny observation platform accessible all year, the Gornergrat, at an altitude of 3,089 m, has been one of Switzerland’s top excursion destinations since 1898. The Gornergrat Bahn was the world’s first fully electrified cog railway. Today it is a modern, eco-friendly railway, equipped with a regenerative braking system that generates electricity on the descent and so saves energy. All year: •Photo subject: 29 mountains above 4,000 m in view (Switzerland, Italy) •Shops •Restaurants: self-service and waiter-served, indoors and out •Large sun terrace •“Bernhard von Aosta” chapel •Panoramic viewing platform Summer: •Wild ibex near the viewing platform of the station •Starting point for hikes •Sunrise trips (bookable offer) •Sunset dinners (bookable offer) •For families: “Wolli and the climate detectives” (audio guides available from Zermatt Tourism and the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway) Winter: •Dining with the stars (bookable offer) •Moonlight visit (bookable offer) •Direct access to the pistes and winter hiking paths •Highest sledging slope in Switzerland (Rotenboden 2815 m - Riffelberg 2582 m) •Igloo village on 2727 m less
Attraction type: Lookouts
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Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Owner description: The highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 m), with its new restaurant, sets fresh standards in sustainable development. The views of the highest mountains in Italy, France... more Owner description: The highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 m), with its new restaurant, sets fresh standards in sustainable development. The views of the highest mountains in Italy, France and Switzerland are breathtaking. The ski area on the Theodul Glacier is open 365 days a year. Matterhorn glacier paradise – a world of adventures. From here, mountaineers and hikers accompanied by mountain guides set off to scale the Breithorn (4,164 m), a 2.5-hour climb up the perennial snows; for many hikers, this is their first ascent of a 4,000-metre peak. On some days, the views from the observation platform are so clear they seem to stretch as far as the Mediterranean. Mont Blanc (4,810 m) in France, the highest mountain in the Alps, towers above its neighbours; the summit of the Gran Paradiso (4,061 m), Italy’s highest peak, is often also visible. The air up here is thin, so visitors should take plenty of time to explore. This is also the summit of the international ski area, open 365 days a year, and the gateway to Europe’s largest summer ski area. The Matterhorn from a fresh angle Up here, right by the Italian border, visitors see a very different side of the Matterhorn. This comes as a surprise: the view is very different to the one from the Gornergrat or the Rothorn, it’s as if the Matterhorn has acquired a new look. In fact this vantage point offers the finest view of the mountain’s south face. Summer training for national ski teams Anyone seeking the autograph of an international ski star has the best chances of success up at Matterhorn glacier paradise. In summer, nearly all the world’s national ski teams train for the speed disciplines up on the glacier, and all the athletes have to pass through the summit station to access the summer pistes. All year: •Audio system on the ride to the summit with information about the alpine world, the cog railway and much more •Observation platform with summit cross, photo point and information panel on the mountain panorama •Inside the mountain: observation window looking out over the Breithorn •Cinema Lounge •Restaurant with shop •Matterhorn glacier paradise lodge with accommodation •Meeting room •Glacier palace, the highest in Europe •Direct access to the ski pistes (365 days a year, including on the Theodul Glacier) •Ski pistes linked to Italy (both winter and summer) •Photo subjects: Matterhorn, Breithorn, Weisshorn and other celebrity mountains •InfoCube - 3S Bahn Summer: •Summer ski area, 21 km of piste •Snow Park Zermatt at the Plateau Rosa •Snowtubing less
Attraction type: Tramways; Ski & Snowboard Areas
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Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Owner description: ON THE PISTE, GET SET, GO! 360 KILOMETRES OF PERFECTLY PREPARED PISTES WITH GUARANTEED SNOW AWAIT YOU IN THE MATTERHORN SKI PARADISE. Enjoy the runs on endless pistes with a... more Owner description: ON THE PISTE, GET SET, GO! 360 KILOMETRES OF PERFECTLY PREPARED PISTES WITH GUARANTEED SNOW AWAIT YOU IN THE MATTERHORN SKI PARADISE. Enjoy the runs on endless pistes with a spectacular backdrop of mountains. At almost 4000 metres of altitude, Matterhorn ski paradise is the highest winter sports area in the Alps. Apart from guaranteed snow conditions, the region is one of the best-developed and extensive ski resorts anywhere in the world. Skiing and snowboarding 365 days a year – something this unique destination, straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy, pulls off with international flair. Come to Zermatt and enjoy Swiss hospitality coupled with Italian lifestyle. Pure skiing pleasure is just one click away: book your lift pass online today! less
Attraction type: Ski & Snowboard Areas
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Sunnegga
Sunnegga
Owner description: The sunny corner of Zermatt From the train station you will reach the Sunnegga-Rothornvalley station by foot in five minutes. Taking the undergroundn funicular you will ascend to... more Owner description: The sunny corner of Zermatt From the train station you will reach the Sunnegga-Rothornvalley station by foot in five minutes. Taking the undergroundn funicular you will ascend to 2,288 metres (7,506 ft) in just four and a half minutes and arrive at Sunnegga, the “sunny corner” of Zermatt. From the spacious sun terrace of the restaurant, you enjoy a wonderful view of the Matterhorn. Wolli playground Leisee At Leisee lake, families can enjoy an adventure playground with attractive barbecue areas and a water feature. Your children can explore the play area while you relax in the idyllic lakeside surroundings and contemplate the amazing views of the Matterhorn. Take a refreshing dip in the lake, or play Robinson Crusoe as you cross the water on a wooden raft attached to a cable that spans the lake. Off to the land of adventure! Kickbiking on Sunnegga The extremely popular kickbikes can be hired at the SunneggaRothorn valley station (helmet included). From there it’s a thrill a minute as you speed downhill to Tuftern and on to Zermatt. There are various restaurants along the way where you can stop for a breather before continuing back to the valley station to return your kickbikes. less
Attraction type: Observation Decks & Towers
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Restaurant Chez Vrony
Restaurant Chez Vrony
Ranked #1 of 200 Restaurants in Zermatt
Price: $11 - $47
Cuisines: Swiss, European
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Findlerhof
Findlerhof
Ranked #2 of 200 Restaurants in Zermatt
Cuisines: Swiss, European, Central European
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Walliserstube Zermatt
Walliserstube Zermatt
Ranked #3 of 200 Restaurants in Zermatt
Price: $19 - $54
Cuisines: Swiss, European, Central European
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Chez Max Julen
Chez Max Julen
Ranked #4 of 200 Restaurants in Zermatt
Price:
Cuisines: Swiss, European, Grill
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Restaurant Schaferstube
Restaurant Schaferstube
Ranked #5 of 200 Restaurants in Zermatt
Cuisines: Swiss, European, Central European
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Coeur des Alpes
Coeur des Alpes
$130 - $424 (€110 - €360)
Ranked #1 of 111 Hotels in Zermatt
Hotel Firefly
4.5 of 5
Hotel Firefly
$107 - $1,730 (CHF 106 - CHF 1,716)
Ranked #3 of 111 Hotels in Zermatt
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Jaegerhof Hotel & Apartements
3.0 of 5
Jaegerhof Hotel & Apartements
$127 - $303
Ranked #20 of 111 Hotels in Zermatt
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

BELLERIVE - CHIC HIDEAWAY
3.5 of 5
BELLERIVE - CHIC HIDEAWAY
$227 - $374 (€193 - €318)
Ranked #2 of 111 Hotels in Zermatt
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Bella Vista Hotel
3.5 of 5
Bella Vista Hotel
$184 - $440
Ranked #5 of 111 Hotels in Zermatt
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Europe Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5
Europe Hotel & Spa
$187 - $504 (CHF 185 - CHF 500)
Ranked #6 of 111 Hotels in Zermatt
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Omnia
5.0 of 5
The Omnia
$348 - $1,001 (CHF 345 - CHF 993)
Ranked #4 of 111 Hotels in Zermatt
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CERVO Zermatt
5.0 of 5
CERVO Zermatt
$247 - $3,188 (CHF 245 - CHF 3,161)
Ranked #7 of 111 Hotels in Zermatt
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Hotel Matterhorn Focus
4.5 of 5
Hotel Matterhorn Focus
$207 - $637 (CHF 205 - CHF 632)
Ranked #8 of 111 Hotels in Zermatt
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