Holidays To Zermatt - Valais

A traditional car free alpine village at the foot of the awe-inspiring Matterhorn

Zermatt is a picturesque car-free resort high in up in the Matter Valley, nestling amongst stunning scenery of mountains and glaciers and offers visitors a fantastic panorama of no less than 38 peaks standing at over 4000m. The dominant mountain is the awe-inspiring Matterhorn which, with its distinctive shape, has become a symbol of Zermatt and of Switzerland. The village has retained its traditional style and gourmet reputation, with rustic stüblis, bars and over 100 restaurants. There is a great choice of high alpine visits available using the network of mountain railways and cable cars, and each offering humbling panoramic views that have to be seen to be believed. Superb summer visits include the Gornergrat, Rothorn and the underground Sunnegga Express.

To really enjoy the mountains fully there are superb walks for all abilities with more than 400km of marked walking and hiking trails. There is even a 'Gourmetweg' from Sunnegga down to Zermatt which takes around 1½ hours not including time to stop at two fine mountain restaurants in the villages of Findeln and Ried on the way.

Matterhorn Alpine Crossing

A new cableway connecting the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Testa Grigia-Plateau Rosa in Italy is now open. The Alpine Crossing allows summer visitors to make a journey which previously only skiers could do! Travel all the way to Cervinia and enjoy an Italian lunch.

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Zermatt holiday ideas 2024

Choose from our handpicked Zermatt hotels.

Please note that 2 of our hotels are in the mountains rather than in Zermatt town: the Hotel Riffelhaus 1853 is located at Riffelberg and the 3100 Kulmhotel is located at the summit of the Gornergrat. 

What to see and do from Zermatt

This amazing alpine region is easily explored from Zermatt. One of the most famous day trips is the Gornergrat - a 33 minute journey on the cogwheel railway will bring you to the summit and stunning views of the high Alps and 'tongues' of ice. Klein Matterhorn also makes for a memorable excursion, with 360° panoramic views over 4000m peaks. 

The mountain lakes in the region are also worthy of note - Schwarzsee and Stellisee are particularly beautiful and you may like to follow one of the nearby walking trails, taking in diverse views of the water and the mountains beyond. Indeed, there are more than 400km of marked trails and paths for you to enjoy. Please click here for our summary of the best the region has to offer.

Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site from Zermatt

From Zermatt, you can easily visit the Aletsch Arena side of the Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier. You will be rewarded with stunning views and some memorable walks in this stunning region. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.

Explore the Valais region with our great value travel passes

Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.

If you are planning to travel further afield, we recommend the Swiss Travel Pass which will save you money and help you avoid the queues at the ticket office! We will be delighted to guide you on the best pass for your holiday. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.

Scenic rail holidays from Zermatt

Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.

Zermatt is the starting point for the famous Glacier Express train, taking you over the Alps to St. Moritz or Pontresina. You can also travel via Visp to Montreux, where you can pick up the GoldenPass Express (for Interlaken). 

If you prefer to be based solely in Zermatt, there are many mountain journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200

How to get to Zermatt

Your ticket wallet will contain comprehensive travel instructions to help you reach your destination with ease, including recommended rail connection times and platform numbers. These are the most common routes for your Zermatt holiday. 

Fly to Zurich

Flights available from London, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow.

Swiss Railways: Zurich Airport > Visp > Zermatt with a transfer time of around 3 hours 30 minutes. 

Fly to Geneva

Flights available from London, Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle.  

Swiss Railways: Geneva Airport > Visp > Zermatt with a transfer time of around 3 hours 50 minutes. 

Travel by international rail

Rail from London St. Pancras via Paris to Basel.

Swiss Railways: Basel > Bern > Visp > Zermatt with a transfer time of around 3 hours 20 minutes. 


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Zermatt and the Matterhorn

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