Welcome to Zermatt Switzerland
Zermatt is a tiny village, (approximately 6'000 people, but swells to some 20'000 guests during the winter high-season), situated at the foot of the Matterhorn in the German-speaking canton of Valais in southern Switzerland. Located just 10 kilometers from the Italian border (Cervinia), you can go skiing in Switzerland in the morning, have lunch in Italy an hour later and be back in time for a tasty cheese fondue at Zermatt's oldest restaurant, the Café DuPont that evening.
The nearest airport is Zürich, 248kms (154 miles) away. Geneva airport is also close: 244kms (151 miles) away. Travel time by train from both airports to Zermatt is roughly 4 hours.
Zermatt is 'auto-free' to prevent air pollution so you can't drive into the village, but you can get here by cog railway train or taxi from the nearby village of Täsch, (7kms away). Trains also depart for Zermatt from further down the valley at Visp and Brig, which are connected to the Swiss rail network. Once in the village you will find numerous taxis and buses (all battery-powered) which will help you get you to your Zermatt hotel or to the ski-pistes.
Winter in the Matterhorn Sport Resort
Zermatt is renowned as one of the best ski resorts in the Alps and is the favoured place to ski by many skiers who come here from all over the world. The village is surrounded by 3 major ski areas, with the world`s second biggest lift-served vertical drop and skiing 364 days a year. You can even ski Zermatt during the summer months on the glacier.
With great views of the ever-dominant, the most beautiful mountain in the world, the Matterhorn, you can ski at the Rothorn paradise (3103m), the Gornergrat (3089m), or up on the glacier area which is the Klein Matterhorn (3883m). Snow covered trails from November until April ensure that you will enjoy great skiing and long, long runs back to Zermatt - the longest being from Klein Matterhorn at 14 kilometers with a vertical drop of 2'200 metres! If you're looking for off-piste skiing you'll find lots of it here as well. There are plenty of large and rarely skied areas with blankets of white powder gold awaiting your challenge, but please be advised to ski off-piste only with a local ski guide - skiing in an avalanche is not a lot of fun...
BOARDING IN ZERMATT:
Snowboarding in Zermatt is the snow-surfer's paradise. Starting from the Klein Matterhorn (12'550ft), you glide down the mountain to the glacier where you'll get to show off your prowess at a number of snowboard parks and man-made half pipes. Seriously cool. Or you can just spend the day chilling out, surfing the slopes of Zermatt before you hit the clubs that night. You can rent your gear here too - the best equipment available and there's also a snowboard school too.
If you're a walker there are approximately 40km of winter footpaths which are regulary cleared of snow for you to enjoy.
The Matterhorn elevation: 4,478m / 14,693 feet
Top elevation (Klein Matterhorn) : 3820m / 12,500 feet
Zermatt elevation:1620m / 5,250 feet
Vertical drop: 2200m / 7,250 feet
Marked pistes: 245 km / 153 miles
Longest ski run (Klein Matterhorn to Zermatt): 14km
Power supply: 230 volts
Summer in the Matterhorn Sport Resort
Zermatt is where the nature-loving hiker begins a 'trek' into the majestic mountains that surround the village. With over 400 kilometers of hiking trails, footpaths and walks that will expose you to the great and natural beauty of this region of the Swiss Alps, you're going to know you've had an excellent hike in the hills. There are mountain railways and cable cars to take you up into the high wilderness where you can then ramble back down to the village. Along the way, you will find numerous mountain restaurants where you can sip a cold drink, a hearty lunch and enjoy the spectaculars views of the Matterhorn. There are also organized tours of the village and the Zermatt area as well as hired guides who will take you on incredible journeys in the Matterhorn Sport Resort.
Other summer things to do in Zermatt? There's a golf course nearby. Mule rides through the village. You can go for a swim in a glacier-fed mountain lake or you can just lie down in a sun-filled meadow and breathe in the sweet, fresh air.
Or if you want a really good hike, you can go climb the Matterhorn! You won't get any closer to heaven than standing on the top of the most majestic mountain in the world.
Welcome to GoZermatt.com and welcome to Zermatt!
We're here to make your visit to Zermatt the best vacation you've ever had. If you have a question, comment or just want to know more about Zermatt, please check our online forum which we've set up to assist you: ZERMATT-TALK. We have many knowledgeable users who either live in Zermatt or who have visited the village and are happy to help out.