Churches & chapels

There are many sacred buildings to wonder at in and around Zermatt: large churches and small chapels made of cement, stone or wood. They invited you to visit and attend mass.

 Church services winter 2014/15  (pdf - 395.56 kB)


24 Attractions

Fuxstein chapel

freely accessible / always open

A visit to this unusual sanctuary is a special experience. The chapel is hollowed out of a boulder that stands on the valley floor.

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Randa Roman Catholic Church

freely accessible / always open

The Roman Catholic church of Randa is dedicated to St Sebastian. The baroque church is listed in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of Regional Significance.

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Täsch Roman Catholic Church

freely accessible / always open

A cosmopolitan community makes for a lively congregation at Täsch’s Catholic church.

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Evangelical Reformed Church

freely accessible / always open

The municipality of Zermatt may have no Evangelical Reformed Church, but it does have an Evangelical Reformed Church community. Services take place in the Theosaal hall of the Catholic parish centre.

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English Church

freely accessible / always open

The English Church is an important part of Zermatt’s history and traditions. It is closely linked to the British visitors who were among the first to want to see and experience the Matterhorn.

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Parish church of St Mauritius, Zermatt

freely accessible / always open

The church of St Mauritius in Zermatt is the focus of a vibrant community: the parish is one of the liveliest in the whole of the Upper Valais. Locals and visitors from all over the world attend Mass here.

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Chapel “in der Wildi”

freely accessible / always open

The striking white chapel “in der Wildi” stands on the road running through the village of Randa. The small sanctuary is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

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Täschberg Chapel

freely accessible / always open

The chapel of Täschberg (1,696 m) is a very popular excursion destination for locals as well as visitors, both summer and winter.

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Stations of the Cross at Schibuwaldje

freely accessible / always open

The Waldweg forest path towards Winkelmatten has a surprise in store: the Stations of the Cross, beautifully made and well worth admiring at leisure.

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Trift chapel

freely accessible / always open

The simple, small prayer house at Trift above Zermatt lies at 2,340 m by the Hotel du Trift. It reflects the religious conviction of the people who spend day after day in the mountains.

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Findeln chapel, “Jakobus der Ältere”

freely accessible / always open

The chapel at Findeln is dedicated to St James, patron saint of pilgrims, and belongs to Zermatt’s older sanctuaries. The winged altarpiece is a piece of cultural heritage unmatched in the Upper Valais.

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Ried (Howeten) chapel, “Heilige Luzia”

freely accessible / always open

Ried chapel lies somewhat hidden in the upper pastures of Zermatt at an altitude of 1,760 m. An excursion to Ried and its chapel is well worth while: the views of the village and the Matterhorn are dramatic.

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Gornergrat chapel, “Bernhard von Aosta”

freely accessible / always open

The “Bernhard von Aosta” chapel on the Gornergrat is one of Zermatt’s most visited places of worship. Visitors from all over the world stop to light a candle and enjoy the soothing tranquillity of this mountain sanctuary.

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Mutt (Zmutt) chapel, “Heilige Katharina von Alexandrien”

freely accessible / always open

Z’mutt, Zmutt and Mutt are all names for this huddled hamlet, which is more than 500 years old. At its heart stands this small white chapel, well worth a visit on the leisurely walk from Zermatt to Zmutt.

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Furi prayer house, “Schmerzhafte Muttergottes”

freely accessible / always open

This small prayer house stands in the hamlet of Furi, beside a small group of old buildings and surrounded by alpine pastures. In former times, mule drivers would stop here before they ventured south over the Theodul Pass.

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Zum See chapel, “Heilige Barbara”

freely accessible / always open

The chapel of Zum See, the newest of Zermatt’s chapels, is dedicated to St Barbara. The small chapel is located by the hamlet of Zum See, whose name means “by the lake” – but there is no lake here, just lush alpine pastures and small patches of forest.

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Blatten chapel, “Maria Rosenkranzkönigin”

freely accessible / always open

Blatten chapel stands on a small rise, on the “Blatten" – a rock ledge in the eponymous hamlet below Furi, at an altitude of 1,740 m. This chapel is one of the best known in Zermatt, and is clearly visible from the gondolas of the Matterhorn Express.

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Riffelalp chapel, “Herz Jesu”

freely accessible / always open

This elegant chapel stands alone, a little way from the Riffelalp Resort hotel, high above Zermatt at 2,222 m. The private chapel of the Seiler family of hoteliers welcomes visitors to mass on Saturdays during the summer.

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Riffelberg chapel, “Bruder Klaus”

freely accessible / always open

This peaceful place of worship stands on a mound facing the Matterhorn at an altitude of 2,590 m. The view from the “Bruder Klaus” chapel at Riffelberg of the Matterhorn and the valley below is unforgettable. The chapel’s profile echoes that of the Weisshorn across the valley.

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Ranft chapel

freely accessible / always open

Ranft chapel is dedicated to St Nicholas of Flüe, also known as Brother Klaus – one of Switzerland’s best-known patron saints.

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Stations of the Cross at Randa

freely accessible / always open

An attraction for walkers as well as pilgrims: the Stations of the Cross at Randa evoke a local legend and offer fine views of the mountains around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa, including the Dom and Weisshorn. A place where the spiritual and earthly realms meet…

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Winkelmatten chapel, “Zur Heiligen Familie”

freely accessible / always open

Winkelmatten chapel, “Zur Heiligen Familie”, is a gem, located at the end of the village in the Winkelmatten quarter. Many couples choose this chapel for their marriage.

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Täschalp chapel

freely accessible / always open

Täschalp, with its chapel, offers a rewarding excursion destination in summer. The alpine pastures are located in a high mountain valley at an altitude of 2,210 m. Both the chapel and the nearby cheese dairy are well worth a visit.

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Schwarzsee chapel, “Maria zum Schnee”

freely accessible / always open

The “Maria zum Schnee” chapel near the Schwarzsee gondola station is a gem. It stands on the shore of the Schwarzsee (2,552 m), whose clear dark waters beautifully reflect the chapel when the air is still.

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