Winkelmatten - FuriWinter hiking

This winter hiking trail crosses the quarter at the far end of Zermatt in the direction of Furi. Along the way it leads across snow-blanketed meadows, through forest and past romantic, secluded spots.

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In Winkelmatten, walkers still enjoy a beautiful, clear view of the distant Matterhorn. Soon the trail leads over snowy expanses and past small hamlets and agricultural buildings. It then climbs, sometimes steeply, at others more gently, before plunging into the romantic mountain forest. A glance backwards makes for quite a surprise: this really has been quite a climb!

At Schweigmatten, a small barn stands on top of a big rock split in two, looking out over a wide snowy expanse. It’s a scene from another era, and with luck walkers can photograph it from the path, free from footprints in the snow or other human traces: a window on days gone by.

  • Children from age 6
  • Photographic subject: beautiful view from Moos of the Matterhorn
  • Photographic subject at Schweigmatten, before Furi: split rock with barn
  • Wide choice of restaurants at Furi
Winkelmatten (chapel) - Moos - Furi

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 45 min)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views in winter.

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.
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).

Map and arrival

Status of the tour:





Difficulty easy
Distance 2,6 km
Ascent 241 m
Descent 48 m
Duration 1,0 h
Lowest point 1667 m
Highest point 1865 m

Starting point of the tour:

Winkelmatten (1'650 m)

Destination of the tour:

Furi (1'867 m)


  • Nice views
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent
  • Way cleared
  • Surface neigeuse damée


Tour map (PDF)
Google-Earth (.kml)
GPS-Track (.gpx)

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