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



Scientific research: Matterhorn under close observation

The Matterhorn, local name “Hore”, is in motion. In 2003, rockslides from the Hörnligrat ridge attracted international attention. The Matterhorn has long been under scientific observation. Scientists state that rockslides have always been a possibility and are keeping an eye on the mountain of mountains in order to understand the mechanisms at work.

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The Hörnlihütte warden talks about everyday life at the cabin

Kurt Lauber has been the warden of the Hörnlihütte for close to 20 years. He knows the mountain and also the Alpinists who come to storm the peak, both the well-prepared ones and those who somewhat overestimate themselves. His book, which was published in March 2012, pertinently describes the usual madhouse on the mountain of mountains.

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Zermatt-Matterhorn: The sunniest corner of Switzerland

MeteoSchweiz, the Swiss Meteorological Office, has confirmed that the area around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa is the sunniest corner in Switzerland. With few clouds making it over the 38 4,000-metre peaks surrounding Zermatt, the area enjoys a dry and sunny climate.

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Matterhorn railway project: Some ideas never see the light of day

A comfortable way of travelling to the top of the Matterhorn – that was the idea behind a project conceived at the end of the 19th century. Heritage conservationists, however, saw to it that the project never left the drawing board. In his book “Visionäre Bahnprojekte” (Visionary railway projects), Heinz Schild describes railway projects conceived in the turbulent times at the turn of the last century.

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Air Zermatt: extreme mountain rescue

An interview with the founder and President of the Board of Directors, Beat H. Perren.

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What you have always wanted to know about our electric buses

The Zermatt electric bus has a characteristic shape, is powered without a combustion engine, does not produce any emissions, is locally produced as a unique item and has become synonymous with mobility in the village. The Matterhorn spa resort has always been “car-free” even if there is still traffic. Yet pedestrians rule in the narrow streets of Zermatt, under Section 3 of local traffic regulations.

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Total high - Euphoria on the Matterhorn.

For more than 150 years, Zermatt has been a key element in high-alpine experiences.For many people, mountaineering is a book with seven seals.

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English Church in Zermatt - since 1870

The Anglican Church of St. Peter celebrated its 140th anniversary on the 26th June 2010. For Zermatt, it is more than just a church: it is part of the history of Zermatt and the tradition of alpinism, hospitality and openness to the world.

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Gornergrat Bahn – since 1898

The GGB Gornergrat Bahn started operations on the 20th August 1898 – the first electric rack railway in Switzerland and the second in the world. A tourist attraction of the Extra class was created thanks to innovative pioneering spirit: The Gornergrat Bahn was the first railway in Europe to run at an altitude of more than 3,000 metres above sea level.

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17 mountain guides, 154 umbrellas and me - On the trail of Mark Twain in Zermatt

“I sat there with a rock-hard determination, because in spirit I was already wrestling with the dangers of the mountains, and my friend stared at me through his tears in adoring admiration. Finally, he threw himself onto me with a loving hug and called to me in a self-denying voice “Your Harris will never leave you. We will die together!”

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Glacier Express: pure pleasure for eyes and palate

The Glacier Express – the cult train for railway fans – travels from the Matterhorn to Piz Palü and St. Moritz. Admittedly there are quicker ways to reach the Upper Engadin, but none more beautiful. Alpine landscapes seem to glide past the train’s panoramic windows on this pleasure trip. You can also enjoy fine food and drink. Head waiter Thayan Sellathurai, is one of the many staff looking after the wellbeing of passengers.

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Zermatt: Let it snow!

Zermatt is playing its trump card – the Snowmaker – so that skiers and snowboarders can take to good pistes in the early days of winter as well. The snow machine produces snow regardless of temperature, even above freezing point. And so a good snow base can be laid in early autumn to ensure perfect pistes in winter.

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Zermatt Museum: The past as an experience

The Zermatt Zermatlantis Museum has become an important pillar of Zermatt’s alpine history and culture, with as many as 1,000 visitors flocking to the underground world of the museum on some days.

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“Our guests want to participate in our community”

The Church of St. Mauritius in Zermatt is obviously very popular. The church pews are always well occupied during Sunday Mass, and, on high holy days such as Christmas and Easter, both locals and guests crowd into the wooden pews. There are a number of reasons for this – among others because Zermatt has a great religious tradition.

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Zermatt water: a wonderful story

Zermatt has over 50 lakes and almost 100 springs. In other words: Zermatt is a water paradise. In summer, lakes, rivers and streams wait to be discovered. And in the village, water from the fountains can be sampled. Because Zermatt water is top quality.

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