Holidays in Zermatt - Switzerland
A traditional car free Alpine village at the foot of the awe-inspiring Matterhorn
This great car-free resort is high in up in the Matter Valley, nestling amongst stunning scenery of mountains and glaciers and offers visitors a fantastic panorama of 38 four-thousand-metre peaks. The dominant mountain is the awe-inspiring Matterhorn which, with its distinctive shape, has become a symbol of Zermatt.
There is a great choice of high alpine visits available using mountain railways and cable cars each offering what can be described as humbling panoramic views that no photograph can ever capture and only those who aspire to travel here will truly experience.
To really enjoy the mountains fully there are superb walks for all levels with more than 400km of marked walking and hiking trails. The mountain railways help you effortlessly to walk many of the mountain trails with breathtaking views – there is even a ‘Gourmetweg’ from Sunnegga down to Zermatt which takes around 1½ hours not including time to stops two mountain restaurants at Findeln and Ried on the way! Please click here for another recommended walk with a mountain restaurant.
Map of walks around Zermatt
In summary this traditional high alpine village has retained its style with its rustic stüblis, bars and over 100 restaurants. Zermatt is a superb summer destination with its ‘must visits’ of the Gornergrat mountain railway, Rothorn cable car and the underground Sunnegga Express funicular.
Glacier Express - Zermatt also makes a brilliant two centre holiday with St. Moritz or Pontresina. Take the world famous Glacier Express as it slowly toils along this mountainous route as you enjoy the spectacular scenery with lunch served at your table.
150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn
On the 14th July 1865, the mountain was successfully climbed for the first time by Whymper’s 7-man rope group. The group climbed onto the shoulder over the Hörnligrat ridge and, further up, in the area of today’s fixed ropes, diverted onto the north face. Edward Whymper was the first to reach the summit, followed by the mountain guide Michel Croz (from Chamonix), the Reverend Charles Hudson, Lord Francis Douglas, D. Robert Hadow (all from England) and the Zermatt mountain guides Peter Taugwalder senior and Peter Taugwalder son. The climbers were descending again, and while still above the so-called “Schulter (shoulder)”, the four leading men in the rope group (Croz, Hadow, Hudson and Douglas) fell to their deaths over the north face. Three of the dead were recovered several days later on the Matterhorn glacier, but the remains of Lord Francis Douglas were never found. More information....