Zermatt - Schwarzsee

This ride demands stamina in order to conquer climbs of 1,423 vertical metres. The view of the legendary north face of the Matterhorn provides ample reward.

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Description

The route initially leads along roads, climbing steadily first to Furi and then to the dam near Zmutt. Soon everything changes: the road turns into a gravel track, and the technical challenges begin. And it’s steep, very steep. You feel you’re scaling the north face of the Matterhorn, which rises ahead of you, massive and black. In places you might even have to get off your bike for a while and push. However, the wonderful view from Schwarzsee, at the top of the trail, makes all the effort worthwhile.

  • Descent via Furgg technically challenging
  • Descent: different variants
  • From Schwarzsee, view of the Matter valley and to the Matterhorn with the Hörnligrat ridge
Zermatt (Kirchplatz – in front of the church) - Furi - Stafel - Schwarzsee - Furgg - Zermatt (Kirchplatz)

Variant 1 Descent for technically skilled riders: a wide trail leads to Furgg where it turns into a single-track trail offering technical challenges

Variant 2 Gentler descent: a wide, leisurely trail leads from Schwarzsee via Stafel and Furi to Zermatt

Variant 3 Furi - Zermatt descent: after the Restaurant Alm (Furi), turn left onto a track that rejoins the lane above Moos

Variant 4 Furi – Zermatt descent: at the big corner above Moos, a small single-track trail leads bikers through the forest to the bridge in Winkelmatten

We recommend:
  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and bell
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink
The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.
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

Condition 

Technique 

Experience 

Landscape 

Difficulty hard
Distance 22.53 km
Ascent 1078 m
Descent 1078 m
Duration 3,0 h
Lowest point 1621 m
Highest point 2579 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Properties:

  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Round tour
  • With refreshment stops
  • Botanical highlights

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