For those who would like to learn much more about Zermatt, here is a wide range of topics for reading. Historical, current, exciting.



"The Real Ski Fans are Coming Now"

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.

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Wolli, show us your legs!

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?

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The Seven Huts Along the Way to Seventh Heaven

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. 

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1891: Like Sleeping Beauty, Zermatt Awakens From its Deep Sleep

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.

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"I always look forward to summer in Zermatt in a very special way"

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.

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Zermatt – a Paradise for Birdwatchers

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.

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WintersHome: The Band That Grew Up in Zermatt

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.

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Zermatt: The Struggle of the Pioneers to Survive

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.

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Hiking Through the Historic Depths of Geology

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.

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The Rediscovery of Alpine Summer Freshness

Fleeing from the city into the heights provides real relief from the hot days of summer. Humidity and high temperatures really bother people and animals. Naturally, this begs the question about a stay in the mountains. A few tips.

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Zermatt Celebrates the Mountain of Mountains

It was a major achievement – the first ascent of the Matterhorn. The year 1865 is very special in the history of Alpinism, and this will be celebrated in 2015 with many events and experiences for guests and locals.

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Zermatt Hotels: Among the Best for Generations

The hotel world in Zermatt is legendary. No other village in Switzerland offers such high-quality hotels in such a small area. And this is not just about luxury but also friendliness and good prices.

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Zermatt: the marmots are awake

Zermatt has a huge marmot population – ideal for families who like watching the cuddly rodents wake up from hibernation. With marmots eager to build their burrows close to human settlements, a short hike will get you to the perfect vantage points.

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The Thriller on the “Matterhorn”

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

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TV star Matterhorn: Documentaries show past and present

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, several TV channels have produced comprehensive documentaries for 2015. The Swiss SRF TV channel is presenting a two-part documentary of the first ascent, while the German ARD channel has broadcasted stories from the Alpine region presented by the legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner. Futher TV channels are preparing documentaries.

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