Top Events

There is always something happening: These top events promise enjoyment and variety.


Zermatt Open-Air Theatre

Every two years, the Open-Air Theatre “Freilichtspiele Zermatt” appears at 2,600 m – within view of the Matterhorn. In the summer of 2017: “Romeo and Juliet at Gornergrat”. This surprising version of the world-famous love story is portrayed by two leading Zermatt actors – Romaine Müller and David Taugwalder. Play in dialect from the Haut Valais, with explanations in English in the booklet. Performances take place Wednesday to Sunday with 700 seats, food and beverages on site. The play is performed under all weather conditions. The Hotel Riffelhaus 1853 offers culinary packages in conjunction with the Open-Air Theatre. 6 July to 27 August 2017

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Switzerland’s National Holiday

Zermatt offers some great events to mark Switzerland’s National Holiday. Beginning on Monday evening, 31 July 2017, the locals will gather with their guests for a street party with food, drinks and music. On Tuesday morning, 1 August, the mountain worship service is celebrated at Sunnegga (2,288 m) next to a lake reflecting the Matterhorn. As each year on 1 August, a large fireworks display is presented in the evening, including a Bengal fire in the cliff face above the village along with colourful rocket bouquets in the dark heavens at night. 1 August 2017

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Zermatt Festival with Master Classes

The Zermatt Festival & Academy places great emphasis on the open teaching in the Master Classes (Academy) in 2017. Interested guests can listen and watch how the masters pass on their best abilities and knowledge to the selected young musicians. The special Alpine music treat is the projection of the Arnold Fanck 1921 silent movie, “In Storm and Ice”, with live accompaniment by the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble made of a fusion of many of the musicians in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Mozart’s Coronation Mass will be performed in the St. Mauritius Pfarrkirche on Sunday, 11 September 2017. 9 to 18 September 2017

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2017 Perskindol Swiss Epic

This year, the mountain bike race goes from Grächen and over Leukerbad to Zermatt. The penultimate stage ends in Zermatt and then the last race goes through the mountains above Zermatt, which is the best time to watch the top riders as they flow on the trails. For the first time, there are various race formats for the two-rider teams on both of the last stages. From 11-16 September 2017

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2017 Zermatt Impulse

This symposium combines thoughts and visions around the topic of mountains. The mountains and their use, the joy of climbing, the demands of Alpinists, tourists, and environmentalists. Films and events lead into these topics. With public discussions, with the special view of the mountains in Valais, in Switzerland, and throughout the entire world. Participating: mountain guides from the Mattertal, experts from near and far, and local heroes such as the Anthamatten family Alpinist brothers. 22-24 September 2017

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2017 Zermatt Fashion

The Zermatt Fashion Weekend takes place on the walkway for the third time in a completely new concept: young designers and trending fashion labels. New on Friday evening: Fashion meets Food with dinner for those interested in fashion, fashion bloggers and fashion journalists. On Saturday evening: Brand Fashion Show with live performances. Pop-up store with fashion and lifestyle products all four days as well as events and parties. 14-17 December 2017

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