Summer 2019 preview


Zermatt open air theatre 2019

Next summer, Europe's highest open-air theatre will come to the Riffelberg for the third time. Director Livia Anne Richard will bring the story of Lucy Walker, the first woman to climb the Matterhorn, to the stage for the first time in "Matterhorn: no ladies please!". Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Swiss alpine horn player, Eliana Burki. The leading role will be played by Corinne Thalmann. There will be 31 showings between 11th July and 1st September 2019 – Thursday to Saturday at 19:30 hrs and Sunday at 15:00 hrs. After ‘The Matterhorn Story’ proved that a multi-lingual production can be a success, this new play will also feature German, English and Valais German.

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Pop-up exhibition on the Gornergrat

From the middle of July to the end of October 2019, the pop-up exhibition on the Gornergrat, ‘Rock Stars: Women on the Matterhorn’ will tell the story of the first women to climb the Matterhorn. The exhibition will show who these women were and how they reached the summit. The exhibition will be open every day and is included in the Gornergrat Bahn ticket price.

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European mountain running championships

The European Athletics Association has chosen Zermatt to host the 2019 European Mountain Running Championships. The race up the Riffelberg takes place on Sunday 7th July 2019 and is only open to runners selected by their associations. The race which is open to the public, the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon, takes place as usual the day before, on 6th July 2019. "We look forward to welcoming mountain runners from around the world to the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon and are working closely with Swiss Athletics to ensure that we put on the very best event for you," says OK President, Oliver Andenmatten.

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The enduro world series comes to Zermatt

In 2019 and 2020, Zermatt will welcome the Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Championships, bringing the Enduro World Cup to Switzerland for the first time. In 2019 the event is scheduled from 18th to 22nd September. From Wednesday to Friday, training takes place before the race events on Saturday and Sunday. As the last of the eight stages, Zermatt has the honour of hosting the finals and the awards ceremony.

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"Zurich–Zermatt" race

On 19 September 2019 "Zurich–Zermatt" will be held for the first time. The race is part of the swiss cycling legend and two time Olympic Champion Fabian Cancellara’s international race series Chasing Cancellara which will provide the participants with a very demanding course. Who manages to overtake the champion or to beat his time?

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New lift and viewing platform on the Kirchbrücke

The Kirchbrücke (church bridge) in Zermatt is well known for being the ideal spot for taking photos of the Matterhorn. The viewing platform will be widened, making the bridge safer for both traffic and pedestrians. The existing steel steps will also be replaced by a lift. Construction work will start in autumn 2018 and should be completed by autumn 2019.

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Second treasure hunt in the destination

In summer 2019, Zermatt – Matterhorn will offer visitors a second treasure hunt in the village. This is aimed at families with children over 5 years old. A treasure map will lead children to eight stations where they answer questions. An example of one of the questions: “You are currently standing on a bridge. What is it made of?” The answers will give children a code that they can use to open the lock on the treasure chest in the tourism office. The route is 6 km long and takes approx. 2 hours. The other treasure hunt in the destination (‘Wolli’s Treasure Hunt’) will continue.

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Täsch bike trail

Täsch now has a new bike trail. The newly marked cycle path starts from the village of Täsch and leads along the banks of the Matter Vispa around the lake Schalisee. The lake Schalisee is the perfect place to relax; guests can cool off in the lake or enjoy a refreshing drink from the snack bar. The route back takes you through the old village centre of Täsch where you can see typical Valais barns and granges. Length: 4.3 km, ascent and descent: 48 m.

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