For those who would like to learn much more about Zermatt, here is a wide range of topics for reading. Historical, current, exciting.
Custom-made mountain boots were made-to-measure in Burgener Shoemaker’s Shop for over three generations. Their hand tools and utensils are on display in the Matterhorn Museum. Zermatt’s Otto Burgener gave them to the museum as a loan. To mark its 10th anniversary, the museum is paying homage to him, the last great master of the Zermatt shoemaker’s guild.Details
For fans of skiing, testing skis in Zermatt is a firmly established event. Even before anyone in one of the big cities even starts to think about winter, the passionate and skilled practitioners of this sport have already started to turn their way down the ski pistes. Gianni Cabassi, the head of the Ski Testing Center, then has his hands completely full. The Ski Test package is bookable from the 15th october to the 27th November 2016.Details
On Sunday, 11 September 2016, the widely popular Schäferfest (shepherd’s festival) takes place at Furi/ Schweigmatten. Besides festival catering, open-air church service, children’s games, and a birthday party for Zermatt’s mascot Wolli, experts will choose the most beautiful black-nose sheep for 2016 from 140 female animals. But how will they really know that one sheep is the most beautiful among all of Zermatt’s beauties?Details
Here they are, the insider’s tips, the beautiful huts for Alpinists and mountain hikers: Domhütte, Europahütte, Kinhütte, Rothornhütte, Schönbielhütte, Weisshornhütte, Täschhütte. They are off the beaten path taken by flocks of tourists, and one has the time and the luxury to enjoy the mountain panorama undisturbed.Details
July 2016 marks 125 years since Zermatt is linked to the outside world. In 1891, the first guests travelled to the Matterhorn village using the new railroad line. This will be celebrated this summer, which means it is high time to look back some.Details
Sylvie Margelist (36) is the head of the Zermatt Guest Service Centre and has worked at Zermatt Tourism for four years. She informs the guests at the counter on Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt and has an answer to virtually every tourism question. Here are her summer tips.Details
Whether golden eagle, bearded vulture, spotted nutcracker, rock partridge or Alpine chough – all of these bird species can be observed in the Zermatt mountain world with little or only modest effort. These birds are the heroes of the air and represent the ‘wild nature’ of the Alpine landscape.Details
They call themselves “WintersHome” and they all grew up in Zermatt. The six members of this pop and folk music band have only been together for four years. And they have already enjoyed success. The exciting thing about these band members: they have known each other since they were in nappies and work out the songs collectively. At the music festival Zermatt Unplugged the band performes in the setting of the "New Talents" in the Foyer Marquee on April 05th 2016.Details
Nature around Zermatt in many ways reveals superlatives. The highest mountains in the range of the Alps, the highest tree line. And now it is official: The highest trees in Switzerland are in Zermatt. Pioneers, such as the Swiss stone pine and the larch.Details
The Gorner Gorge is certainly Zermatt’s least understood attraction. Hidden, in dark depth, without a view of the famous four thousand-metre peaks. Anyone daring to go into the historic depths of our geologic history shall experience an exciting past.Details
The Matterhorn celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent. There at that time: Father and Son Taugwalder. To mark the anniversary, the Zermatt open-air theatre tells the dramatic story. Centre stage this time: the fifth generation Father and Son Taugwalder.
Text by Aurelia Forrer and Pictures from David Birri
Published in the Schweizer Illustrierten, no. 11, 9 March 2015