Zermatt

Travel Guide
Zermatt
Ski, climb and enjoy the exceptional natural beauty of this Swiss city where one of the world’s most spectacular mountains dominates the skyline.

Come to Zermatt and enjoy one of Europe’s most iconic views, the perfect triangle of the Matterhorn. Hike, ski or ride your bike through the surrounding mountains, eat in one of the many fine restaurants and enjoy the serenity of a completely car-free town.

Wake to nothing but the sound of birdsong and decide which of Zermatt's many activities you want to try. Walk along cobbled streets past chalets and barns and enjoy the fresh alpine air. Hikers and climbers are spoilt for choice, as Zermatt has options to suit all abilities. Breithorn is the easiest of the taller mountains, while the Matterhorn and Switzerland’s tallest mountain Monte Rosa require more experience.

In winter, ride the highest cable car in the world to the Klein Matterhorn and ski the 8-mile (13-kilometer) run all the way to Zermatt. In summer, take advantage of Europe’s largest summer time ski field, Trockener Steg. In the evening, sample superb cuisine in the restaurants or mix with the Swiss elite in sophisticated wine bars.

In summer, take a trip on the Gorner Ridge railway. Once a week, the train departs Zermatt at dawn and travels high into the mountains offering superb sunrise views and stopping to allow you time for an easy scenic walk among the peaks.

Zermatt is one of the more expensive European ski resorts and is home to many renowned hotels. If you are travelling on a budget, camping in the area can be a good option, even during winter, which is surprisingly mild.

Much of Zermatt’s appeal is the complete absence of motorized vehicles. This obviously means you can’t drive into town, so the best way is to get the train. If you do drive, park in the neighboring town of Täsch, 5 miles (7 kilometers) away and take the cog railway train or electric shuttle bus to this unique and beautiful town. With snow all year round, Zermatt is a destination for any season.

Where to stay in Zermatt

Wellness Hotel Alpenhof
Wellness Hotel Alpenhof
4.5 out of 5
Matterstrasse 43, Postfach 462, Zermatt, VS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $287 per night from Jul 2 to Jul 3
$287
per night
Jul 2 - Jul 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (476 reviews)
"Beautiful property"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2023

Wellness Hotel Alpenhof
SchlossHotel Zermatt – Active & CBD Spa Hotel
SchlossHotel Zermatt – Active & CBD Spa Hotel
4 out of 5
Bahnhofplatz 18, Zermatt, VS
The price is $293 per night from Jun 11 to Jun 12
$293
per night
Jun 11 - Jun 12
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and free train station pick-up. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (517 reviews)
"Fantastic location. Comfortable stay."

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

SchlossHotel Zermatt – Active & CBD Spa Hotel
Hotel Jägerhof
Hotel Jägerhof
3 out of 5
Steinmattstrasse 85, Zermatt, VS
Stay at this 3-star ski hotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free train station pick-up. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (644 reviews)
"Very friendly staff, incredible views of the Matterhorn."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Hotel Jägerhof
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Naco Aparthotel & Spa
Naco Aparthotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Spissstrasse 44, Zermatt
Stay at this 4-star ski aparthotel in Zermatt. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a sauna. Our guests praise the breakfast in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
9.8/10 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
"Great staff - great quality apartment room On the road side, a fair amount of noise from the electric vehicles and drunk people talking."

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2023

Naco Aparthotel & Spa
Haus Dent Blanche
Haus Dent Blanche
3.5 out of 5
Hinterdorfstrasse 76, Zermatt
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Zermatt. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and dry cleaning or laundry services. Popular attractions Matterhorn and Mountaineers ...
9.8/10 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Car free Zermatt
"Good communication- just a surprise that we can’t drive in Zermatt as it car free town. The exhaust fan in bathroom wasn’t working. Close to train station"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Haus Dent Blanche
Legendär Zermatt
Legendär Zermatt
4 out of 5
38 Schanze, Zermatt, VS
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Zermatt. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and an arcade/game room. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the property condition ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (10 reviews)
Excellent location
"Excellent location on the stop of Gornegrat train, wonderful view of Matterhorn, well equiped kitchen, small but OK swimming pool."

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2023

Legendär Zermatt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler
Apr 23, 2020

Zermatt is the best place I have visit around the world

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler
Feb 29, 2020

Great experience although snow conditions were not very good during our visit. Scenery was outstanding. Enjoyed the many on mountain restaurants. Quaint town with lots of dining and shopping opportunities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler
Feb 26, 2020

Loved Zermatt. Quaint with cute shops and good restaurants. Not pretentious. And of course, loved seeing the Matterhorn.

5/5 - Excellent

Todd
Feb 24, 2020

So many outstanding food choices in Zermatt.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler
Feb 21, 2020

One of the nicest towns in the Alps, with a wide variety of shopping and dining options, from the upscale and international to the homey and local. Fantastic skiing right on town.

5/5 - Excellent

L.
Feb 15, 2020

Beautiful and car-free with the exception of a few electric taxis. Very quaint and would visit again!

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