Awards and Distinctions

Bilanz Rating: Zermatt’s hotels are top-grade


Regular guests return to Zermatt again and again because they appreciate its premium hotels which have been among the world’s top class for years. This has been confirmed by numerous ratings which are being published every year. The latest rating of the Swiss business magazine Bilanz examines the secret of their success: “Ultimate Alpine experience” (Riffelalp Resort), “Interplay with its environment” (Cervo) and “Home away from home with a human touch” (Coeur des Alpes).


Hotel rating in the SonntagsZeitung: Zermatt is top of the league


Once again, Zermatt’s hotel came out head and shoulder above the rest. The latest SonntagsZeitung ranking, published at the beginning of December 2013, places numerous Zermatt hotels in top positions.


Zermatt: Gourmet village par excellence


According to the 2014 edition of the GaultMillau restaurant guide, Zermatt excels in the culinary department. This year 21 restaurants have made it into the guide – one more than in 2013. All in all, Zermatt’s village and mountain restaurants were awarded an impressive 293 points.


Zermatt Bergbahnen AG: award for environmental scheme


Zermatt Bergbahnen AG’s environmental efforts are bearing fruit: The company has received the 2013 Revegetation Award for its renaturation scheme, which mitigates the environmental impact of piste construction. Not only is Zermatt car-free, even its piste construction is carried out in harmony with nature.


Zermatt hotels: Once again top of the class


Zermatt’s hotels are among the best in Switzerland. The top hotels in the Matterhorn village have been awarded high ratings by Switzerland’s leading business magazine Bilanz. The outperformer among the hotels is Zermatt’s Hotel Coeur des Alpes which has been awarded first place in the unique hotel category for the fourth year running.


Prix Bienvenu: Zermatt friendliness as a lifestyle


Zermatt hotels are top. In the prize awards for the 100 most friendly hotels in Switzerland, as many as 11 Zermatt hotels are included. Although they did not win first place, the broad foundations of hospitality of the Zermatt hotel business is a super result. The Hotel Sonne shone in second place as the best Zermatt hotel in the “large holiday hotels” category.


Zermatt has been awarded "Family Destination"


Zermatt is family-friendly. Today the Zermatt-Matterhorn resort was awarded the “Family Destination – Familien willkommen” quality label by the Swiss Tour Federation. Proof, if any were needed, that Zermatt’s hotels, holiday apartments, mountain railways and cableways, ski schools and restaurants offer children and their families unforgettable experiences.


Winter destination Zermatt wins its second sustainability award


For the second consecutive time, Zermatt has been voted most sustainable winter destination in Switzerland. The ‘Verkehrsclub der Schweiz’ (VCS), the Swiss Cycling Club, presented Zermatt with the “Mobil & ökologisch” award (mobile and ecologic) for a number of reasons, chief among them the Matterhorn village’s convenient accessibility by public transport.


World Championships 2013: Zermatt’s ski instructors are the best


Zermatt’s ski instructors are world champions. Zermatt’s contingent performed outstandingly well at the ISIA Ski Instructors World Championships in Bulgaria. Alex Taugwalder is World Champion Ski Instructor in Giant Slalom, with Demian Franzen third. Zermatt’s instructors were also top dog in the synchronised runs.


Helicopter pilot and mountain rescue specialist of Zermatt get Heroism Award


With teamwork, knowledge and experience, Daniel Aufdenblatten and Richard Lehner from Zermatt saved the lives of three mountaineers. On Annapurna (Nepal) in spring 2010, they carried out the highest-ever mountain rescue – at 7000 metres altitude – by helicopter. In Washington DC today, they received on march 8 2011 the ‘Aviation Oscar’, the Heroism Award, for their feat.


Zermatt Mountain Rescuers: Award from the FAI


Helicopter pilot Daniel Aufdenblatten and mountain rescue specialist Richi Lehner were awarded yet another honorary prize on Saturday, 17th March 2012. They were honoured by the FAI at the general meeting of the Aero Club of Switzerland for their mountain rescue in Nepal.


New Monte Rosa Hut awarded 2010 Solar Prize


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.


Zermatt and Matterhorn: big stars in the mountain world


According to, the Google web portal, the Matterhorn is the most photographed mountain in the world. The ranking shows that no other mountain in the world is snapped as frequently as Zermatt’s Matterhorn.


Zermatt: Three restaurants with Michelin stars


Zermatt is the Swiss gourmet village par excellence. Three new restaurants in Zermatt have been awarded a star and been included in the 2014 issue of the Guide Michelin Switzerland, the popular restaurant guide.


Zermatt: once again the best downhill-skiing area in the Alps


For the fourth successive time, the skiing destination Zermatt Matterhorn was voted the best skiing area in 2013 by the German ‘ski bible‘, the ADAC SkiGuide, at the end of November 2012. This was in the category “alpine skiing“. Particular praise was given for the mixture of different types of pistes.