Zermatt - RiedWinter hiking

This pleasant winter hiking trail leads from the centre of Zermatt through different quarters of the resort to the Ried area. The clear view of the Matterhorn from here is particularly beautiful.

Best season

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Starting point is in the Wiesti quarter. After a flight of steps, the route leads past numerous luxurious chalets, some of which reveal glimpses of sumptuous interiors. In winter the gables shine in unison over the village, creating a romantic atmosphere. The trail continues towards Eggen in the direction of Ried. At Zer Bännu, walkers enjoy a lovely view over the village. The path leads past small, ancient stables before crossing snow-covered meadows and thin woodland to reach the Ried district and the Restaurant Ried.

  • For children from age 6
  • Beautiful view of the village
  • Fine mountain panorama including the Matterhorn and Weisshorn
Zermatt (station) - Ried

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 40 min)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views in winter.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
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

Status of the tour:





Difficulty easy
Distance 2,2 km
Ascent 228 m
Descent 36 m
Duration 0,50 h
Lowest point 1604 m
Highest point 1800 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Ried (1'791 m)


  • Nice views
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Way cleared
  • Surface neigeuse damée


Tour map (PDF)
Google-Earth (.kml)
GPS-Track (.gpx)

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