Zermatt - GryfelplatteWinter hiking

This varied walk leads through the different quarters of the village of Zermatt, revealing glimpses of the interiors of many homes and holiday apartments. The trail then enters the forest for the climb to the scenic viewpoint of Gryfelplatte.

Best season

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Zermatt is much more than just a mountain village full of old houses. This pleasant walk reveals a tremendous variety of buildings in every possible price bracket – an ideal excuse for some fantasy house-hunting. Or how about a family game of “I spy”? Soon the trail plunges into the forest, home of squirrels and birds, eventually reaching a magnificent viewpoint.

  • Quarters and areas to explore: Wiesti, Gryfelplatte
  • View of the Matterhorn
Zermatt (station) - Haueten - Gryfelplatte - AHV-Weg (unterer Höhenweg)

On reaching the junction with the AHV-Weg, walkers have two options: follow the AHV-Weg to the left to Winkelmatten (approx. 45 minutes) or turn right to walk straight down to the village.

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





Difficulty medium
Distance 2.56 km
Ascent 254 m
Descent 146 m
Duration 1,0 h
Lowest point 1604 m
Highest point 1830 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

AHV-Weg (unterer Höhenweg)


  • Nice views
  • Tour route
  • Way cleared


Tour map (PDF)

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