Village Tour ZermattCity walking tour
The village of Zermatt has been shaped by ancient traditions and modern tourism. The thrilling contrasts can be explored on a walk through the village. Time required: from 1 hour to half a day.
- Good footwear
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
Insider tip no. 2: Order a coffee or a glass of wine in the Ruden Bar of the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. The coats of arms of Zermatt’s old families are on display.
Free insider’s tip no. 1: Sip some water from the memorial fountain to Ulrich Inderbinen (E8 on the plan). The ice-cold, top-quality spring water bursts with mountain freshness. Ulrich Inderbinen (1900-2004) was the world’s most famous mountain guide. He continued to lead visitors up the Matterhorn until the age of 90; in all, he scaled the "Hore", as locals call the Matterhorn, more than 370 times.
Free insider’s tip no. 2: Go for a stroll through the Scheibenwald forest (Scheibenwaldweg, D12 & E12 on the plan). This peaceful path has numerous small wayside chapels depicting the Stations of the Cross as well as a small Lourdes grotto. From the Schluhmattstrasse, a steep flight of steps leads to a small area of cliffs and forest, a haven of tranquillity. These heights are home to centuries-old barns, built on stilts and balanced on flat stone slabs (to keep out rodents), as well as modern houses. The path ends at the "Winkelmatten" stop for electric buses, by the Winkelmatten chapel. Here, several wooden benches offer views of the Matterhorn.
Free insider’s tip no. 3: Visit the Freundschaftsgarten (“Garden of Friendship”, small park with pond, E9), a tranquil spot for reading or contemplation.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
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.
Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).