Activities & Offers for 2015

150 Years of Matterhorn First Ascent: Great events cast long shadows. 2015 will be marked by events, celebrations, conventions, special offers and an open-air play.

Zermatt will mark the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 2015. With an open-air play in summer, activities, events and a celebration week in July. Among other things, the renovated Hörnlihütte will be christened with great fanfare.

Events during our anniversary year in 2015

“With our 150-year anniversary celebrations, we will be setting a milestone,” according the resort director Daniel Luggen. During the year, we will be holding mega-events as well as larger and smaller events to celebrate the anniversary.


Zermatt's first open-air theatre

Zermatt, 13th July 1865: At the crack of dawn, a seven-man rope team makes its way along the Hörnligrat towards the Matterhorn. Their goal: the summit of the only 4,000-metre mountain in the Swiss Alps that had not yet been climbed. The day, and with it Edward Whymper, would go down in history. For the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, "The Matterhorn Story" will be premièred on the Gornergrat before the unique backdrop of the Matterhorn in the summer of 2015.


Matterhorn 1865 First Ascent Village Tour

Staged «Matterhorn 1865 First Ascent Village Tour» – the somewhat different guided walk through Zermatt. The staged village tour with costumed theatre society actors takes one back to the wonderful time in a bygone world – to be precise, to the year 1865.


Tatort Matterhorn

They were the first to stand on the summit of the Matterhorn - four Britons, a Frenchman and two Swiss. A great moment for humanity and a tremendous success in the history of Alpinism. But triumph turned to tragedy.


Focus Matterhorn

The film "Under the spell of the mountain. Borderline experiences between life and death" follows two rope teams on their way to the summit. During their ascent the protagonists explain what fascinates them about mountains and mountaineering. At the same time also the dangers on the mountain come up. For them the common Matterhorn tour is at the same time a memory tour of the in late colleague and mountaineer Erhard Loretan.


The Third Story of Wolli, the Blacknose Sheep

Wolli and his friends are dozing in the sun. Along comes beautiful Rosa the bee who wakes up Heini the shepherd, saying “your Blacknose sheep are bored, you need to tell them a story!”. Heini picks himself up and begins to tell a story about summer 1865 when Edward Whymper set off from Zermatt with six men to be the first people to stand on the summit of the Matterhorn.


Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

The Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis offers insight into the development of Zermatt. It shows the triumph and tragedy surrounding the first ascent of the Matterhorn.


Whymper’s Way up the Matterhorn

This black-and-white documentary film was made in 1955. It was created at that time by Zermatt mountain guides, ski teachers, ski school directors and the retired mountain farmer August Julen. This film, which is also a contemporary document about that time, is regularly shown in the Kino Vernissage in Zermatt.

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