Peak Collection RothornTheme trail

The Peak Collection is a permanent art exhibition at the summit of the Rothorn. It shows the creative reponse of the Zermatt mountain guides to their iconic peak.

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Description

The open-air exhibition of the Peak Collection offers mountain enthusiasts a new view of the alpine world. Mountain guides carried stones from the summits of the mountains portrayed and articulated their own experiences of each peak in individual texts that carry their signatures. Stones, words and images come together through the work of the mountain guide Willy Taugwalder. The sculptures are arranged in a 100-metre circle around the Restaurant Rothorn and evoke the character of the different mountains.

  • 18 metal sculptures, each dedicated to one or two mountains
  • Texts by the mountain guides and information on the height of each mountain, date of first ascent with names of climbers in German, French, English, Japanese
  • Suitable for children from age 4
Around the Rothorn, in a 100-metre circle around the Restaurant Rothorn
We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
Note the timetable of the cable car.

The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.

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.
Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.
Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).
"Themen erwandern in Zermatt", Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, Eigenverlag, Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, ISBN 978-3-905756-68-5. Erhältlich bei den Zermatt Bergbahnen AG im Shop auf Matterhorn glacier paradise, via E-Mail info@matterhornparadise.ch oder per Telefon auf +41 (0)27 966 01 01.
A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Map and arrival

Condition 

Technique 

Experience 

Landscape 

Difficulty easy
Distance 0.53 km
Ascent 28 m
Descent 28 m
Duration 0,30 h
Lowest point 3072 m
Highest point 3091 m

Starting point of the tour:

Rothorn (3'103 m)

Destination of the tour:

Rothorn (3'085 m)

Properties:

  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Round tour
  • With refreshment stops
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent

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