Iconic in many ways, Zermatt is Switzerland’s most famous resort, dominated by the majestic Matterhorn, which towers over the southern tip of the valley. Serving up the highest skiing in Europe, skiing in Zermatt is possible 365 days a year thanks to its glacier. Bursting with authentic Swiss charm both in the town and on the slopes, it's renown mountain restaurants serving up some of the finest cuisine to be found on the slopes anywhere in the world.
Zermatt lies in the Matter valley in South-Western Switzerland, part of the Pennine Alps. At 1,620m Zermatt is the highest town in the valley, and though famed for the iconic Matterhorn mountain surprisingly this is not the highest peak in the valley. Zermatt is surrounded by 38 summits over 4,000m.
As Switzerland’s premier resort, Zermatt attracts visitors all year around, the skiing ranks amongst the very best to be found in the Alps. However skiing isn’t the only thing that Zermatt offers its visitors. The hills are alive with the sound of walkers and mountain bikers, while the colourful canopies of Paragliders swoop and glide over head. The summer months affords the opportunity to enjoy the lush forests and Alpine pastures that rise up from the village to dizzying heights.
Traditionally Zermatt was part of a farming valley, and in the area next to the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof several old buildings show the traditional building style of the original Walser residents. Some of the old barns and grain stores in the resort are up to 500 years old. Today, Zermatt is formed of several small farming hamlets which have gradually spread to become one town, housing its unique collection of traditional and classically Swiss hotels, and it’s modern, super deluxe collection of chalets.
Winklematten at the southern end of the village, the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Zermatt, is surrounded by beautiful pastures. It boasts stunning Matterhorn views.
At the northern side of Zermatt sits the exclusive ‘Petite Village’ with its collection of stunning chalets all lit by night to produce a fairytale scene. These chalets dot the mountain flank above Zermatt giving stunning views of the whole valley and village below. Petite Village is a premium location boasting premium chalets.
Central Zermatt boasts a collection of hotels and some exceptional chalets that hug the river Vispa, which bisects the town. Church Square is the hub for most town events, including the New Year’s Eve fireworks display, and there are some fabulous restaurants nearby.
As a car free town, one of Zermatt’s unique sights are the electric taxis and buses which transport both skiers and pedestrians from one sector of town to another, allowing you to explore the full area wherever you choose to stay. For the romantics among us there are also traditional horse drawn carriages and sleighs.
From Zermatt and under one lift pass known as the International Pass you have access to two ski areas collectively known as the ‘Matterhorn Ski Paradise’. This area encompasses Zermatt and Cervinia on the Italian side, linked together by a network of fast ski lifts and superb ski runs.
As the name of the pass suggests, you will ski across international borders here with Zermatt lying in Switzerland and Cervinia sitting in Italy’s Aosta Valley. But don’t worry, you won’t need your passport
at this border crossing.
Altitude (Zermatt) 1640m
Skiable Range 1600 – 3,899m
Highest lift 3,899m, the Klein Matterhorn cable car
Longest Run: 25km and 2,279 vertical metres
Ski terrain (International)
Pistes 360km (200km in Zermatt itself)
Blue 16%, Red 58%, Black 26%
*skiing with a qualified mountain guide advised
The Schwarztor at 3731 is a must. This tour takes you through amazing high alpine mountain scenery. You approach from Klein Matterhorn (3820 m) the highest lift in Europe and then traverse around the back of the Breithorn, at 4,164meters. You then ski down the Schwarze glacier.
Another great area of Zermatt for off piste is Hohtali which offers lots of options for off piste and you can still be finding fresh tracks one week after a large dump of snow. At the top of Hohtalli expert skiers should head over to Rote Nase, and Stockhorn for some of the most challenging runs in Zermatt. Beyond Stockhorn there is a large amount of amazing off-piste runs. The whole area is north facing, so holds it’s snow well but it’s only for advanced skiers and snowboarders. The off piste is very accessible, but beware of the dangers as the weather can, and does change quickly here. The area also contains one of Zermatt’s most exciting red runs; the White Hare. It starts at the top of the cable car and then drops all the way down to Gant going via Grunsee. There are plenty of options to drop into the powder on either side of the run.
A top tip for Zermatt is to head to the trees on Sunnegga on a day when you’ve had a lot of snow, it’s still snowing and you just can’t wait to hit the powder.
Piste 83 & 84 (Plateau Rosa & Ventina Glacier) on the Theodulgletscher, where else can you ski 365 days of the year.
Suitable for all ages, the Wolli Park at Sunnegga is our choice for beginners. The park is easily accessible by the Leisee shuttle (shuttle train). Sunny and sheltered the beginner area has three magic carpets, two corduroy-lifts (beginner lifts) as well as various play equipment. For anyone making that next step in level the Eisfluh, a green run at Sunnegga is the perfect progression. With spectacular views of the Matterhorn, where else could you possibly find a better beginner ski area.
On the Zermatt side piste 45 iglu piste is a wide open piste running down from Gornegratt to Rifelburg with spectacular views of the Matterhorn. The best in our opinion though is 3 interlinked blues that run all the way from the Swiss Italian border at 3480m down to the Italian resort Breuil-Cervinia at 2050m. Piste 26 (Rocce Nere 1) joining with piste 4 (Plan Torrette) which takes you passed our favourite Italian mountain restaurant, Chalet Etoile, with the home run to Cervinia on piste 5 (Plan Maison - Cervinia). Big and wide open motorway pistes that are just going to fill you with confidence.
Again a combination of 4 red runs, starting on piste 7 (Ventina Ghiacclalo) at Plateau Rosa Testa Grigia. This run starts at 3480m and descends nearly 2000m (1956m) down to the Italian resort of Valtournenche (1524m).
It has to be piste 8 (Obere National) the famous downhill ski run. Grit your teeth and see if you have what it takes to be a World Cup downhill skier.
Although Zermatt is known more for its technical blacks and challenging off-piste itineraries, beginners certainly shouldn’t be put off from visiting this resort; the nursery slopes are situated up high and this altitude gives reliable snow throughout the season. They are separated from the main slopes so beginners can focus on their own improvement without worrying about other skiers around them, and they are also close to the restaurants for meeting friends and family for lunch. They have moving carpets, which beginners will find much easier than traditional ‘poma’ lifts while they are establishing their ski balance, and for the little ones there are tunnels and lots of fun obstacles to help them learn.
Children also won’t pay for a lift pass until they are 10 years old, which offers really fantastic value for families with young children. Once ready to move off the nursery slopes, we would recommend heading to the Glacier runs which are near flat and will allow even first time skiers to feel they have explored the mountain and put some miles under their skis.
Both Zermatt and Cervinia are your personal playgrounds.
All of Cervinia is an intermediate skiing paradise; we recommend the long red run down into Valtournenche village (marked as no. 1 on the piste map). All of the reds on this side of the resort are wide, ‘swoopy’ delights, and often very quiet and un-crowded.
Back over on the Swiss side choose from relaxed and scenic pistes such as red 20(b) on the piste map; this run leads to Furgg and has the added bonus of a stunning close up view of the Matterhorn. Other favourites are red 22 taking you around the back of the Rothorn, and red 15 the ‘Stafelap’, which winds around the foot of the Matterhorn. For some more challenging reds if your skiing is moving towards black runs, head to the Gornergrat area; the red running from the top of Hohtalli (8b) is particularly tough and a good test.
With around 20% of Zermatt’s runs being classified black there are plenty of opportunities to push yourself. Of course, if you are a true expert you will be most interested in the off-piste itineraries that are marked on your piste map (in yellow); these are avalanche controlled, but not patrolled or of course, pisted. From February onwards the Stockhorn area is good for this – it can be closed before then as it needs more snow cover than other areas.
With plenty of off-piste opportunities and quite often moguls as well, it is some of the most challenging skiing in the area, but the two itineraries from Rothorn stack up well too. If you enjoy skiing trees then head to the area below Schwarzsee.
You can’t beat Italian coffee, and there’s nothing better than skiing over to Italy for an amazing Italian espresso. It just never tastes the same in Switzerland.
Zermatt recently saw the opening of a Moncler, Bogner and HUBLOT being the latest high end brand to call Zermatt home. These are all great boutiques for the lovers of high end fashion but I would have to say Bayard sport, as they cover everything from ski wear to fashion.
You’re absolutely spoilt for choice in Zermatt and there is no way I can single one out …..so I am going for Chez Vroney, Zum Zee, and Franz & Heidi (Findlerhoff)
I would have to say After 7. The seven course taster menu is out of this world matched only by the seven course wine menu. A sophisticated and cosmopolitan vibe.
There are some amazing sledging runs back into the village, especially the one from Sunnegga, with a stop en-route at the champagne bar. A perfect après-ski evening and great fun for all the family.
Cervo, on the mountain, followed by Gee’s in town. Both have live music and a party atmosphere.
It has to be the 16km run from Testa Grigia on the Swiss/Italian border all the way down to Valtournenche in Italy, followed by lunch at Chalet Etoile in Cervinia. Perfect.
So hard to choose - it would be a close run between Chalet Les Anges and The Backstage chalet. Les Anges is class personified whilst The Backstage is something you won’t see in any other ski resort. I am also a big fan of the Hotel Cervo.
Make sure you take a trip up to Klein Matterhorn, Europe’s highest cable car (8,883m) the views over the Alps are spectacular and not to be missed.
The Matterhorn is actually only the 5th largest mountain that you can see in Zermatt. Monta Rosa (specifically it’s tallest peak, named Dufourspitze), Switzerlands highest peak at 4,634 meters is followed by the Dom (4,545m), Lyskamm (4,527m), Weisshorn (4,505m), and the Matterhorn (4,478m). There’s no arguing it’s the most recognisable though.
A Zermatt institution. A small farmhouse restaurant, Chez Vrony is the epitome of good mountain taste and offers rich mountain flavours in a breath-taking setting. Reservations essential; ski here from the top of the Sunnegga chairlift following signs to Findeln. There is also a walking trail from the top of the lift taking around 10 minutes.
Mountain restaurant at it's very best, this beautiful establishment is located in a picturesque hamlet above Zermatt with a sunny terrace. Serving tasty gourmet cuisine with traditional and Mediterranean influences. Can be reached easily on foot from the Furi mid station in 15 minutes, walking downhill.
A traditional mountain establishment found on the Furi ski slope, with great food & views. You can walk here from the town in 30 minutes on well marked trails. A popular spot, reservations are advised.
A cosy and rustic restaurant sometimes also called Franz & Heidi’s; with fresh food and great views this is a gem of a restaurant and is in the Michelin Guide. Reservations advised, ski here from the top of the Sunnegga chair lift following signs to Findeln.
A contemporary establishment with a nostalgic twist, perfectly situated in an ideal location to meet friends who are not skiing, sitting just above Zermatt town. With a lovely sun terrace and serving fresh classics and regional specialties. There’s a roaring fire inside if you need to warm up.
Ristorante Al Bosco is part of the stunning Riffelalp Hotel which at 2,222m is one of Europe's highest. This lovely Italian restaurant has a wonderful large sunny terrace and is the perfect lunch spot. It is also easily accessible for any non-skiers in the group.
Discover the fresh finesse of Gaston Zeiter’s cuisine - delicious homemade pasta and risotto – all accompanied by the most wonderful view of the Matterhorn. You will love it as much as we do – and the Gault Millau guide, which awarded the restaurant 13 points.
Over in Italy this rustic restaurant is frequently voted as one of the best piste-side restaurants in Europe. Specialises in fish, and serves fantastic pasta for half the price of the Zermatt establishments. Reached by the telesieges du Pancheron or from Plan Maison via piste number 6 from Plateau Rosa.
Located at 2,200m this modern, stylish restaurant makes the most of the superb views. Using the best of local produce and traditional Swiss recipes, the chef produces delicious, fresh, mountain gastronomy. This place serves fantastic mushroom soup and delicious pasta with truffles. It is on the Sunnegga Findeln piste.
Part of the mountain-top Gornergrat hotel this restaurant is perfect for non-skiers who can ascend via the Gornergrat railway alongside the skiers. Traditional dishes are beautifully presented here, and you can often see ibex here too, just yards from the terrace.
Handsome old mountain hut serving soups, salads and a fantastic tagliatelle. Sun terrace pointing towards the Matterhorn, with live music in February/March. Accessed by an easy traverse across from red piste no.19 the restaurant stands alone between the Stockhorn and the Rothorn.
2 Michelin stars, another Heinz Julien creation. The food consists of a creative mix of native and cosmopolitan, sometimes exotically inspired, though always market fresh and seasonal. Features an open kitchen, and again a ‘surprise menu’ - whether you opt for large or small is up to you.
1 Michelin star, a very classical, smart restaurant serving market-fresh Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant on the 4th floor of “Le Petit Cervin” ensures culinary highlights and is hailed by Gault Millau as the best Italian restaurant in Switzerland. Fantastic views included.
This modern, elegant restaurant has 1 Michelin star and 16 Gault Millau points and service seasonal classics and modern dishes with influences from around the world, all prepared under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Hauke Pohl.
Part of the Hotel Mirabeau, this lovely restaurant serves wonderful and inventive dishes prepared by Chef Alain Kuster. Awarded 16 points in the recent Gault Millau guide, the restaurant has an excellent reputation for the warmth of its welcome and its attentive and friendly staff.
Ever popular Italian restaurant, so much so that reservations need to be made well in advance. The menus are all excellent, and the Grappa is free flowing after your meal.
Alpine style meets Italian flair – this large, airy and stylish restaurant is just along from the riverside in the centre of Zermatt. Delicious, light, fresh food with an Italian influence such as, lemon ricotta ravioli with scallops and sea bass with olives and tomatoes. The chocolate mousse is to die for.
A legendary restaurant in these parts; towards the end of the evening the owner Dan Daniell will sing while you dine – on local lamb cooked in front of you on the open fire.
Specialises in all things cheese - raclette, fondue etc. The meat fondue is also recommended; service is relaxed and friendly and the restaurant is always full and has a real buzz and energy.
Enjoy fresh and wholesome winter dishes on the terrace or inside this cosy and friendly bar/restaurant. Serves comfort food classics from around the globe as well as daily specials from boards ‘Catch of the Day’ and ‘Hunt of the Day’.
There are two restaurants in this smart hotel in Winkelmatten – a bistro and the main restaurant. This is a great choice for an informal evening – it's great home cooking at its best with a daily menu that uses fresh, seasonal produce. A perfect venue for a relaxed and tasty family meal.
A cosy restaurant in the centre of Zermatt. Ingredients are fresh daily and they only source the best. From the famously filling Bubble Burgers to their delicate slow cooked Spare Ribs - honest, decent & delicious food.
A great, good value restaurant serving wood-fired pizza and Italian specialities. Also stays open late – til ‘ 1am. The name “Grampi” is from Zermatt dialect, meaning ‘guideless climber’. The term originates from the French & English word “crampon”. In the beginnings of mountaineering, mountain guides didn’t like putting on & buckling the fiddly crampons. However, the ‘guideless climber’ made use of them all of the time. The owner of Grampi’s, Mario Julen, is a mountain guide & keen climber, hence the choice of the restaurants name.
Say Cheese is another beautifully styled restaurant and is situated in the Zermatterhoff Hotel, in the heart of Zermatt. The atmosphere is relaxed. The quality of the cheese is exceptional. All of the cheeses on the menu come from the Valais region, and of course includes the exquisite Mutschli cheese from the “Zermatter Horu” cheese dairy. The chef recommends the Zermatterhof fondue, which is served either with champagne, with winter truffles or with porcini mushrooms. Quite a departure from the traditional menu but very tasty nonetheless.
Surrounded by century-old stonewalls, this old Valais chalet dates back to 1772. The restaurant offers seasonal dishes, pizzas from the wood-burning oven, pasta and more, including gluten-free pasta and pizza. Great food, relaxed ambience and friendly service – perfect for an evening with family or friends.
Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing lunch, coffee and cake in the afternoon, to reward yourself with a glass of wine after a day on the slopes or a wholesome dinner with friends or family – the Molino Seilerhaus will spoil you with Italian delicacies to satisfy all your taste buds. Great views of the Matterhorn from the spacious terrace where you can relax after an adventurous day in the mountains.
A lively, fun atmosphere always with a DJ and often with live music. Their slogan is “come and dance until your legs will no longer carry you”. Located on the bottom section of the Furi-Zermatt slope.
If you’re skiing down from the Sunnegga side this is a stylish après venue with an outdoor bar, music and comfy seating complete with blanket to snuggle under.
On the way down from Sunnegga you will find this legendary little Champagne bar; in fact a small traditional wooden hut, with out door seats covered with furs, serving beautiful flutes of Champagne. A true original.
Located centrally near the river his venue fills up quickly for après, with live music at around 18:00 most days and often a later slot so you can come back after dinner and party the night away.
Located between Sunnegga and the town centre this enchanting boat-shaped building by the river is home to the Snowboat Bar; a lively and always busy venue serving après ski drinks in style.
Dancing, singing, celebrating, flirting and listening to pop songs - Harry's bar is an experience. In 2014 the old "Hennugadi" was transformed by Harry Lauber and his son Fabian, into Harry's Ski Bar. Here Austria meets Switzerland, because let’s be honest the Austrians invented Après ski – great music, the legendary Stiegl on tap and Austrian and Valais wines. Harry's bar - a bar of skiers for skiers.
A very classical, ‘Old School’ Zermatt establishment. With an outstanding wine and whisky selection, and a reputation for delicious oysters.
On the main street (Bahnhofstrasse) and recently changed hands (with a facelift to boot), Gee’s offers champagne, cocktails and sharing platters, accompanied by live acoustic jamming sessions.
Upstairs in the legendary Hotel Post, this is a stylish spot for drinks after dinner.
Zermatt´s newest bar with billiard, dart, table football & kegel. Showing live sports as Premier League football and rugby. Also regular DJs - open till 2am. This is the sister business to The Bubble restaurant with the same friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
The original Zermatt nightclub venue at Hotel Post. Located in the iconic cellar vaults and welcoming guests for the past 45 years.
Another offering from the Hotel Post, Pinks is famous for some of the best live music in Zermatt, hosting international bands and open until 01:30.
Dark & contemporary lounge bar at the Backstage hotel, serves up cocktails and good wines with DJs and live music late into the night. Stylish and unique venue.
Try your hand at curling onone of the two rinks in Zermatt; these can be hired for 2 hour slots at CHF 75, and all the equipment you need can be hired from shops locally. The Zermatt curling club is one of the most famous in Switzerland, and in the third week of January Zermatt hosts one of the largest and most beautiful open-air curling tournaments in Europe – the Huru Trophy. Over 60 teams from across Europe come to Zermatt to compete.
Zermatt has some of the best tobogganing runs in the Alps – especially the route from Rotenboden to Riffelberg. You will need to take the Gornergrat train up to the starting point - which is a treat in itself; this is the highest open-air railway in Europe with spectacular views. Toboggans can be hired from Rotenboden and the descent is 234 vertical metres and takes about 10 minutes. The other great sledging run involves taking a 20 minute scenic walk from Sunnegga lift station to Reed. From Reed you can sledge all the way down to the village, via a stop at the champagne bar, of course.
Step back in time and explore Zermatt by horse drawn sleigh or carriage. A beautiful way to see the sights and orientate yourself – especially romantic by night as the town is lit up by fairy lights. Local character Werner Imboden has been driving his single horse carriage or sleigh (snow permitting) through Zermatt for decades and taking guests through Zermatt’s famous squares and alleys and on to discover the more secluded spots. You’ll hear him coming by his distinctive and tuneful whistle.
Taking off from the Zermatt Heliport the most popular flight is over some of the highest peaks in the area, including of course the Matterhorn; Zermatt - Weisshorn - Matterhorn - Monte Rosa – Zermatt. The best way to see the peaks including the iconic Matterhorn up very close and personal – unless you have the energy to climb it of course. You could also choose to take a heli-taxi to one of Switzerland’s cities for a spot of shopping, or to visit one of the other iconic resorts such as St Moritz.
Zermatt is a leader in class when it comes to things to do for non skiers.
If you're looking for a day off the slopes Zermatt serves up plenty of exciting and varied options for all ages and tastes.
Zermatt is world renowned for its mountain restaurants; people flock to Zermatt in winter just to have lunch on the mountain in beautiful settings. Many of the famous mountain restaurants are accessible on foot.
This beautiful spa is situated within Hotel Coeur des Alpes and can be booked by non-residents by telephone request on the day you choose to visit (CHF 45 pp). Although many of our properties offer their own extensive spa facilities you may choose to come here for their superb treatment options (including reflexology) or the fitness suite. The Facilities include a luxury pool, outdoor whirlpool with Matterhorn views, hammam, bio-sauna, Dream Shower, Kneipp Bath, caldarium and fitness room.
Taking you up to 3,089m, the Gornergrat (cog) railway is the highest open-air railway in Europe, and the views are spectacular. The railway, which can be used by skiers to access the skiing from the top, is especially good for non-skiers who can stop off at several spots on the way and take in the views, and there are also restaurants along the route. Try Vis-à-vis, part of the mountaintop hotel at the summit.
The quintessential winter experience. Available on the open air rink in the centre of town from December – February; all equipment can be rented nearby
A truly exhilarating experience and a unique way to view the Matterhorn. There are several options in winter; you can even set off from the top of the Klein Matterhorn lift (the highest cable car in Europe). Very few people will ever experience flying from this height as it is one of the highest lift accessible take off points in the world, giving you not only stunning views over Switzerland, but over northern Italy too. Or why not arrive for lunch in style – flying into either Restaurant Fluhap, or Chez Vrony (listed in The Times “10 best mountain restaurants in the world”)
You can head off independently on a number of marked & cleared trails in the area (the winter trail map is available from the Tourist Office), or book a guide to take you further into the back country to explore the beauty of the Matter Valley in which Zermatt lies. Snowshoes and poles can be hired from any of our recommended ski hire shops and there are over 70 km of marked trails available to you. A popular option is to take one of the pedestrian friendly lifts up, and then walk to one of the famous Zermatt mountain restaurants for lunch. You can then wind your way back down into the town. The walk ‘up valley’ to Zmutt is also not to be missed.
Also known as ‘Nordic’ skiing this is a good alternative for those who don’t want to take part in down hill skiing, or if you’re just looking to try something a bit different. Zermatt has 15 km of marked and groomed trails between Täsch Randa, which can be reached in 12 minutes by train from Zermatt. You will find all the facilities you will need at the Täsch train station – changing rooms, equipment and information on the trails. There are two specific routes; an easy route (approx. 45 minutes) and a difficult trail (approx. 1h 35m). At Randa you will also find the ‘Hole in One’ restaurant over at the campsite, so you can stop for refreshments too. a restaurant tipped by the locals, serving good authentic Swiss fayre.
Best suitable to adults the multi functional Backstage Hotel is quite possibly one of the coolest spots in Zermatt. Quirky and contemporary in style the venue features a stylish cinema, bar and club all in one. Grab a cocktail and settle in for movie night.
For those looking to indulge in a little retail therapy in the
mountains, Zermatt will not disappoint. Spilling off the Bahnhoffstrasse
you will find shops catering for every need imaginable –
and a few that are just pure indulgence.
As you would expect from Zermatt as a major International ski resort, there is no shortage of ski shops selling everything from top of the range technical ski wear, with brands such as Kjus, Peak Performance or North Face, and also more fashion orientated piste wear such as Emegi, Bogner and Descente. There are also several shops specialising in boarding gear and sportswear with brands like Ripcurl and Volcom.
The best all-round shop for ski-fashion is Bayard Sport on Bahnhof Platz – this is a really good all round store with both ski wear and fashion brands. Then there are high end fashion stores such as Moncler & Bogner on Bahnhofstrasse, and it’s definitely worthy visiting our partner ski wear company Peak Performance who have a store also on Bahnhofstrasse for really top quality, technical ski wear.
Of course you’re in Switzerland, so there are plenty of opportunities to shop for watches and jewellery. Bucherer is one of the leading watch and jewellery retailers in Switzerland and stocks exclusive world-class brand names such as Rolex, Carl F. Bucherer, TAG Heuer, Baume & Mercier, Longines, Hublot and Gucci. You will find them on Bahnhofstrasse, of course. Hublot have recently opened their very own boutique on the main drag.
The local cuisine and produce is something that Zermatt prides itself on, and the very best of this can be bought at local delis and bakeries. Local bakery Fuchs has three outlets in town including one on the main street (Bahnhofstrasse). You can sit in here and enjoy a meal, snack or coffee, or take your selection back to your accommodation. Specialities are a ‘cholera’ pie - cheese, potato, onion & apple in puff pastry, and of course their macaroons and strudel. They can also make a pre-ordered packed lunch for you to take on the slopes.
Switzerland is famous for its chocolate; you can get high end quality handmade chocolates from the confectioners in the village, Fuchs or Biner bakeries or if your looking for a more cost effective option head to one of the supermarkets.
Metzgerei Bayard is the butcher’s on Bahnhof Strasse and this is the place to go to for local Valais specialties; dried & cured meats, local cheeses, wines and tasty gourmet treats such as wonderful Italian olive oils and truffles. The Kiosk Edelweiss on Bahnhofstrasse sells international newspapers and magazines, and there are several supermarkets in town; the largest two are Migros and Coop and both offer a good selection of produce.
There are of course lots of souvenir shops – after all, this is a major international tourist hot spot. At any one of these shops you can find everything from postcards and magnets, to cow bells and cuddly Wollis – Wolli being the Zermatt family mascot; a black faced sheep replicating the local breed farmed here during the summers.
The best of these is ‘Foto Fast’ on Bahnhof Platz, who will in addition, offer professional photos during your stay to take home as a memento. You can either commission them to take photos of your choosing – so they could ski with you and capture your family’s time on the slopes, or they could come to your accommodation.
For non-skiers, or for those staying for extended holidays over the winter, there is plenty to do and see in the local area surrounding Zermatt. Saas Fée is within easy reach to explore; the Ice Pavillion is fascinating – the largest in the world you can learn the secrets of glaciers, and you get to take the world’s highest funicular railway to reach it.
The famous Glacier Express runs from Zermatt to St Moritz; taking around 7 hours you will pass through untouched mountain landscapes, valleys and gorges, with 91 tunnels and 291 bridges. The unique feature of this railway is the glass roofed carriages which allow you to make the very most of the spectacular views. If you choose to take the Express all the way to St Moritz for an overnight visit, you can also enjoy a 3-course menu or dish of the day on board; served to you at your seat. You could however choose to take the train just as far as Andermatt where you can disembark, and hop on the return train heading back to Zermatt.
If the boutique stores of Zermatt are not enough to satisfy your fashion cravings, why not head to Milan for an over night trip? Easily accessed by train from Zermatt, the journey takes approx. 2.5 hours with just one quick change at Brigg. All the top fashion houses have stores in Milan, and they open 7 days a week. After Christmas there’s the added bonus of the January sales – perfect.
Fancy exploring further afield in Switzerland? Our helicopter partners at Air Zermatt can whisk you away to a number of towns or cities to explore at your leisure; choose from Basel, Bern, Geneva, Zurich, St Moritz, or the stunning lakeside town of Lugano on the Italian border.
We recommend flying with our partner airline Swiss,
who will carry your ski gear for no extra charge.
Sion (SIR): 1h 20m/77 km
Geneva (GVA): 2h 40m/231 km
Zurich (ZRH): 3h 50m/254 km
SkiBoutique works with a number of taxi firms to provide shared, private and luxury road transfers from the airport of your choice to Zermatt although as the resort is car-free, you will be dropped at the entrance to resort where an electric vehicle will collect you to take you to your chalet. If you prefer to arrive by helicopter then of course we can arrange that too.
As Zermatt is a car free resort, travelling by train is a good option, and now you can hop on the new Eurostar Swiss ski train in the UK at St Pancras International or Ebsfleet International, and be whisked to the Swiss Alps at 186mph, with a seamless change at Lille en route. The Eurostar takes you as far as Geneva where you can then hop on a Swiss train to Zermatt. This is a convenient and environmentally sound alternative to flying with some amazing scenery along the way - a lovely and relaxing way to travel.
Using the ‘Swiss Transfer Ticket’ from Geneva airport (or Zurich Airport if you’ve flown here), this is a really cost effective method of getting to Zermatt, with the added bonus that it’s a really beautiful journey by train. The route goes around the edge of the lakes to start with, which is simply stunning. This ticket allows you a return journey from Geneva/Zurich to Zermatt at a very reasonable price (from 154CHF per person).
If travelling with children it is worth applying for a Swiss Family card in advance, as children aged 6-16 travel free when accompanied by paying adults.
We can arrange these tickets for you.
Although Zermatt is car free you may choose to hire a car from the airport, or even drive from the UK. If you choose to drive to Zermatt from the UK it is a straightforward 550 mile journey from Calais, on average taking 10-12 hours including some stops en route.
You will be able to drive as far as Täsch where we can arrange for your car to be securely parked and for your onward transportation into Zermatt centre. The address for the Alphubel park and ride service is ‘Neue Kantonsstrasse CH-3929 Täsch’. The co-ordinates if you are using a satellite navigations system are:
*Please be aware that Sat Navs are not always accurate and particularly in winter they will not show Alpine road closures so please check the route chosen
For Winter 18/19 Zermatt has introduced date banded pricing
Zermatt 6 day adult pass - CHF 384 - 411
International 6 day adult pass - CHF 432 - 462
(Zermatt - Cervinia)
With our partner ski school Summit
Private 2½ hour lesson - CHF 230
All day guiding - CHF 490
Bottle of Veurve Clicquot CHF 80
Small beer CHF 4
Bottle of house wine CHF 20
Vin chaud/Gluwein CHF 5
Hot chocolate CHF 5
Cup of coffee CHF 4
Glass of coke CHF 5
Pizza CHF 15