Winkelmatten - Zermatt (via Blatten)Winter hiking

This winter hiking trail leads initially through the forest at Moos and then via the hamlet of Blatten back to the village. But take note, this walk is worth planning carefully.

Best season

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Allow plenty of time for this walk – including for a restaurant stop en route. In fact every moment is worth savouring. But let’s start at the beginning. After the last houses in Winkelmatten, the trail enters the winter forest near Moos, a place of fairy-tale charm. The air is fresh and healthy, the sunshine sparkles in the thin forest. First question: time for a restaurant stop?

Soon, the path leads under the gondolas of the Matterhorn Express. The bridge over the Gornera Gorge offers an arresting view of the glittering icicles and the cliffs glazed with ice. In Blatten, it’s worth stopping for a quick look in the chapel. Time for that question again: how about relaxing for a while at a restaurant?

  • Children from age 6
  • Baroque chapel in Blatten: “Mary, Queen of the Rosary”
Winkelmatten (chapel) - Moos - Blatten - Zermatt (Zen Stecken)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 20)

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 medium
Distance 3,5 km
Ascent 191 m
Descent 238 m
Duration 1,30 h
Lowest point 1620 m
Highest point 1775 m

Starting point of the tour:

Winkelmatten (1'650 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)


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


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

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