GourmetwegHiking trail

Anyone visiting Zermatt for the first time will marvel at the Gourmetweg (Gourmet Path), which leads past numerous mountain restaurants with a global reputation.

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All along this trail, hikers repeatedly face a quandary: stop for a bite or keep walking? To maximise freedom of choice, it’s best to allow a lot of time for this walk – ideally the whole day. The mountain restaurants en route serve top-class cuisine and delicious local specialities, and all boast inviting sun terraces ideal for soaking up the spectacular panoramic views at leisure.
Sunnegga - Findeln - Patrullarve - Ried - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 3h)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Sun cream and sun glasses for the sun terrace in the mountain restaurants
Although there are many restaurants along the trail, walkers should bring drinking water. A glass or two of wine at the restaurant will bring on a thirst on the way home.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
"Alp- und Bergbeizli Zermatt". Gisela Schlotterbeck, Weber Verlag, Thun. Mit Porträts von 47 Bergrestaurants. Deutsch. ISBN 978-3-906033-10-5.

Map and arrival





Difficulty medium
Distance 8,8 km
Ascent 276 m
Descent 946 m
Duration 2,25 h
Lowest point 1608 m
Highest point 2278 m

Starting point of the tour:

Sunnegga (2'288 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)


  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Botanical highlights
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent


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