From sundown to sunrise you can change with your telephone the colours of the lights that shine from the three horizons around Zermatt. This new game has been realized by the Yeti-Club Zermatt for its 20-year jubilee, in cooperation with the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG and the Alpin Center Zermatt.
An SAC hut with 120 beds faces enormous challenges. At 2880 m.a.s.l. there is no water or electricity supply and connections for waste water and sewage are also lacking. Furthermore, an SAC hut is exposed to extreme weather conditions.
The Matterhorn glacier paradise (Klein Matterhorn) in Zermatt with its viewing platform at an altitude of 3,883 metres above sea level is the sunniest place in Switzerland. What could be more natural that to utilise this environmentally friendly energy. The solar restaurant opened by Zermatt Bergbahnen AG on the south flank of the mountain for the 2008/09 winter season produces all the electricity for heating and ventilation using the photovoltaic system built into the facade. Thanks to the optimised design, the building fulfils the requirements of the Minergie-P standard. The energy concept is a role model for the entire Alpine region and it was therefore awarded the 2010 Solar Prize for new buildings in Zurich.
The Europaweg trail leads from Saas-Fee to Zermatt at a high and almost uniform altitude. The Europaweg trail is very well known worldwide, and is also very popular. The view, the altitude and the quality of the trail are unique. Five years ago, however, the artificial passageway by the Grabenufer (trench bank) above Randa had to be closed; it could no longer withstand the forces of the pressure of the mountain. Thanks to a new suspension bridge, the Europaweg trail can now once again be used over the whole of its original route.
From 3 to 19 September 2010, the 6th Zermatt Festival under the new direction of Giovanna Panese will present a series of first-class concerts in Europe’s highest-altitude concert venues at up to 2222 metres above sea level. The complete programme is now available to download or in print version from the information desk of Zermatt Tourism.
The miniature railway on Berne's local mountain, the Gurten, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark this event, the existing track route has been extended by a mountain section, complete with cogwheel operation. The new cog-wheel train proudly bears the name KOMETIN. It is a 1:6-scale replica of the comfortable metre-gauge trainset (KOMET) operated by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn.
The Zermatt Dog Worlds is taking placer for the first time from 30.06.2010 to 06.07.2010 in cooperation with the Hotel Simi and the Seiler Hotel Mont Cervin Palace. At five different events, subjects with regard to the successful dialogue between human beings and dogs will be handled.
The Swiss Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai is attracting the most visitors thanks to its main attraction – a chair lift, jointly operated by Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, which takes visitors through a simulated alpine world.
The Kleineisenbahn Gurten (Gurten mini-railway) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010. Various anniversary activities are planned, including an anniversary event celebrating the opening and operation of the KOMETIN (Little Comet) mini-railway of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn with its new rack railway section at the Gurten play area.