Events


Zermatt open air theatre

It’s time for the third act of the Zermatt Open Air Theatre, which in 2019 will present "MATTERHORN: NO LA-DIES PLEASE!" After the success of ‘The Matterhorn Story’ in 2015 and "Romeo und Julia am Gornergrat" in 2017, the open-air theatre is returning to the Riffelberg. The première of "MATTERHORN: NO LADIES PLEASE!’" will tell the story of Lucy Walker, a member of the British aristocracy who was the first woman to climb the Matterhorn. The writer Livia Anne Richard wrote and will once again direct the play, and live music will be provided by the Swiss Alpine horn player, Eliana Burki. Performances will take place from Thursdays to Sundays between 11 July 2019 and 1 September 2019.

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European mountain running chamionships

The European Athletics Association has chosen Zermatt to host the 2019 European Mountain Running Championships. The European Mountain Running race up the Riffelberg takes place on Sunday 7 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 6 July 2019.

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The Enduro World Series is coming to Zermatt

In 2019 and 2020, Zermatt will welcome the Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Championship, bringing the Enduro World Cup to Switzerland for the first time. This year, the event will take place from 18-22 Septem-ber. Wednesday to Friday will be dedicated to training events before the race on Saturday and Sunday. It is a great honour for Zermatt to be hosting the final of the eight stages and the award ceremony.

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Road bike race: Zürich-Zermatt

As part of Chasing Cancellara, the one-day race from Zürich-Zermatt will take place for the first time on 19 September 2019. The road bike race is part of the international racing series for amateur cyclists and is being organised by Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara. Who will over-take the champion?

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Traillove Derby

It's time for something new: the Traillove Derby introduces a new format into the festival, offering participants a fun, imaginative way to experience all the biking excitement the Zermatt – Matterhorn destination has to offer. The Traillove Derby will take place from 18-20 September 2019. Over three days, 50 two-person teams will take on various challenges, learning about the best trails and the hidden corners at the foot of the Matterhorn. There will also be Zermatt cuisine, a lively evening pro-gramme and plenty of chance to socialise. Thanks to the all-inclusive package, the Derby teams can focus all their attention on biking.

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Matterhorn: Ladies Please!

Four women, who shared their motivation in a video, are ready for this challenge. They qualified for the ‘Matterhorn: Ladies Please!’ project and will show the world via their social media channels what it is like to climb the Matterhorn. The winning applicants: Judith Wernli, radio presenter Anne-Sophie Thilo, former professional yachtswoman Sue Hirschi, nurse Steffi Hunziker, web and multimedia publisher The women will undergo intensive training in Zermatt from 11-18 July 2019 before climbing the Matterhorn on 19 July 2019. They will share their experience from beginning to end on social media.

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Matterhorn Ultraks – new race

The Matterhorn Ultraks mountain races have taken place every year in Zermatt since 2013 and offer a new category for 2019 – the Extreme Race. It is one of four Supersky races in the 2019 Migu Skyrunner World Series, with 25 per cent of the race at more than 3,000 metres above sea level. Its Supersky status means that participants who finish the race in Zermatt will receive twice as many points, enabling them to climb up the overall rankings. The Matterhorn Ultraks will therefore attract the attention of the world’s best trail run-ners. The race will take place on 23 and 24 August 2019.

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Shepherd's festival and wolli's birthday

The Shepherd’s Festival will take place on Sunday 8 September 2019 in the Matterhorn arena in Zen Stecken (at the south-western end of Zermatt). The highlight of the festival will be the prize-giving for the best Blacknose sheep. There will also be celebrations for the destination mascot Wolli’s birthday, with cakes and games for chil-dren, plus festival food and drink and traditional Swiss folk music. Entry is free.

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Musical entertainment on the Riffelberg

August 2019 will be all about folklore music. On 3, 4, 7, 10 and 31 August, local folklore musicians will play on the terrace of the Riffelberg self-service restaurant. The band will appear from 13:00-16:30 hrs.

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