The air is thin: you are at an altitude of 3,883 m above sea level. A gondola-type cable car has brought you to this dizzy height, to the highest cable car station in Europe. The peaks of the Alps seem to be close enough to touch. In the Glacier Palace, you become an ice princess and an ice prince. A cold, blue miracle beneath the thick ice layer.
The Gornergrat railway, a real electrical rack railway, winds its way slowly upwards on the Riffelberg. The landscape moves past you like a film: the Matterhorn, Swiss pine forests, a chamois. Suddenly, you can see nothing but rocks and cliffs. And at the very top - but how can that be? - there is a hotel that looks like a little castle. And the view on all sides is phenomenal.
This is how it was in the olden days, when the people of Zermatt lived a life of poverty. In the Matterhorn Museum, Zermatlantis, you can pass through the houses and rooms of yesteryear. Do you know the story of the first ascent of the Matterhorn? Four men fell to their deaths. The rope that cost them their lives was too thin, and you can now see it in the museum. This is not a tall story – this is unfortunately true.
Secured by safety lines, you can step, swing and climb from tree to tree. In this way, you can get a feel for the sport of climbing from the Tyrolean traverses and suspended bridges with different levels of difficulty and at different heights. And, all the time, the sound of the Vispa below you. Even Tarzan couldn’t have done it better!
The helicopter pilot is a great guy. When you're up there in the air, you see the world with other eyes. Climbers on the Matterhorn. A view over so many valleys – and into the crevasses in the glaciers. They fly so close to them. The pilots from Air Zermatt know how to do this – they are mountain rescuers.
Did you know that, up to 40 years ago, transport in Zermatt was almost exclusively by means of horse-drawn carriages? And that the people walked much more in those days. If you would like to relive this way of life, you should take a trip through Zermatt in a horse-drawn carriage. Werner Imboden is waiting for you on the Bahnhofplatz. And notice how people look at you while you are riding through Zermatt in a horse and coach.