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Switzerland

Zermatt (Switzerland)

Based on 7 reviews

Zermatt in short

  • Height: 1620 metres
  • Pedestrian ski resort with solar-powered buses
  • Huge ski area with something for everybody
  • Superior hotels and restaurants

Zermatt has long been an important destination in the history of winter sports as it had already become THE mountain climbing village in Switzerland in the last century. This should not come as a surprise, bearing in mind that Zermatt is surrounded by no fewer than 38 mountain peaks that reach over 4000 metres of altitude, including the world-famous Matterhorn (4478m). The high-altitude slopes in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise stay open for skiing almost all year long.

Zermatt is known to be an expensive ski resort in Switzerland, but it remains extremely popular attracting a wonderful international mix of the rich and famous and hardcore mountain explorers. The pedestrian ski resort centre breathes a pleasantly rural character with its appealing wooden buildings and the narrow alleys in the old centre. Over the last few years, the ski resort of Zermatt has invested seriously in developing environmentally friendly transport in its center. This means the only traffic you will come across are electric buses, taxis and horse-drawn sleighs. The ski area of Zermatt leaves an equally positive impression. You'll find here some of the best skiing in the Alps on the 360km of ski slopes that reach up to over 3800m of altitude! The après-ski here is rather expensive but you won't be disappointed - excellent service, food and some very attractive venues including a plethora of mountain restaurants will make you feel you're getting your money's worth on your ski holidays in luxurious Zermatt.

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Review of Zermatt

Snowplaza.co.uk review
  • Winter hiking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Aprés-ski
  • Family/children
  • Price level
9.4
Visitors' reviews

based on 7 visitor reviews

Latest review by Steven

“We found this to be a great ski resort. Nice long slopes including one that's 20km long. A day trip to Italy is heavily recommended. Zermatt is a charming village with lots to do. The snow conditions were good even in April. Pricey but well worth...”

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Expert's paradise

Zermatt is the sunniest ski resort in Switzerland, with 300 days of sunshine a year. Skiers and snowboarders in Zermatt can enjoy more than 350km of slopes at altitudes reaching up to 3883m. Thanks to the high altitude, some of the slopes at Zermatt also remain open for skiing in the summer. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise ranks among the highest summer ski areas in Europe and is accessible via the world's highest 3S cableway. On the western side of the village you'll find a selection of lovely blue and red runs with stunning views of the iconic Matterhorn. Below the Stockhorn there are some challenging black runs, and over on the north side at the Klein Matterhorn beginners can build their confidence on easier nursery slopes. If, despite all the choices, you've managed to ski all the slopes in Zermatt, you can head across the border and explore the slopes in neighbouring Valtournencheand Breuil-Cervinia. Freeriders can also opt to go heli-skiing in the area surrounding Zermatt and the Matterhorn.

High-class après-ski in Zermatt

Après-ski at Zermatt tends to be somewhat of a swankier affair than some places in Austria, but there is no shortage of great options if you're looking for a good time at the end of your ski day. Institutions like the Hennu Stall are the place to be if you're looking for the kind of après-ski bar where you can party with your ski boots still on. For a unique experience, check out the Iglu Dorf, an igloo village set at 2727m above sea level. And for a taste of how the rich and famous do their ski holidays, stop in at the Champagner Bar and enjoy a delicious flute of champagne. Zermatt hosts one of the biggest music festivals of the year, Zermatt Unplugged, every spring at the end of ski season.

Winter activities at Zermatt

50km of hiking trails allow hikers to explore the breathtaking scenery around the lofty Matterhorn. You can also hire a mountain guide in order to get a real feel for the winter landscapes. Kids will love the toboggan runs, of which the Rotenboden is said to be the most beautiful toboggan run in the Alps. Take a go and see for yourself! Other activities at Zermatt include ice skating, curling, spas and visiting the frozen waterfalls. It's impossible to get bored at Zermatt, especially with such a spectacular environment to discover!

Photo gallery of Zermatt

Afbeelding - Zermatt centrum
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Afbeelding - Zermatt
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Afbeelding - Zermatt kerk
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Afbeelding - Air Zermatt
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Weather in Zermatt

Today

Cloudy, grey and drizzling

Cloudy, grey and drizzling
8 / 12

Frost line

2977 metres

Rain

1 mm

Tomorrow

Showers with occasional sunshine

Showers with occasional sunshine
9 / 14

Frost line

3011 metres

Rain

6 mm
Rothorn
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Hohtälli
Trockener Steg
Après-ski & nightlife in Zermatt
Restaurants 162
Bars & cafés 51
Discos 5
Cinema 1
Theater
Casino
Concert Hall
Ski schools & ski lessons in Zermatt
Number of Ski Schools 8
Number of Ski Instructors
Instruction slope
Ski lessons in Nederlands
Private ski lessons
Ski lessons
Snowboard lessons
Cross-country skiing
Book your ski school online in Zermatt
Adult Ski Lessons 4 offers available
Snowboard Lessons 3 offers available
Kids Ski Lessons 1 offers available
Park & Freestyle 1 offers available
Off Piste Skiing 2 offers available
Telemark Skiing 1 offers available
Facilities in Zermatt
Number of hotels 106
Number of hotel beds 7067
Number of tourist beds 7067
Supermarkets 7
Bank
Tourist information for Zermatt
Name Zermatt Tourismus
Telephone 9668100
Distance to Zermatt
Distance from Brussels approx. km
Airport Genève approx. 244 km with bus service
Train station Zermatt approx. km with bus service
From the highway approx. 30 km 30-minutes drive
Zermatt for the children
Childcare
Childcare from 48 months
Number of hours of childcare
Price without lunch
Price with lunch
Children's Carousel
Magic Carpet
Child Lift 1
Adventure Park
Playground
Mascot
Mascot Name Wolli
After skiing in Zermatt
Public sauna
Fitness Centre
Public solarium
Massage
Spa & Wellness
Indoor pool
Balloon flight
Paragliding
Indoor tennis
Squash court
Hiking trails
Torchlight Tours
Indoor skating rink
Ice skating rink
Curling
Snow rafting
Dog sledge
Snowmobiles
Toboggan run