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As the world's largest travel platform, Tripadvisor awards annual Traveller's Choice Awards. This year, the Zermatt – Matterhorn destination has picked up the award for "Best of the Best Destination for Skiers in the world".Details
Chalet Zermatt Peak has been proclaimed by the World Ski Awards as the World's Best Ski Chalet 2021. With a unique view of the Matterhorn and centrally located above the village of Zermatt, the privately run chalet has a total of six floors with five luxurious double rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and an observatory.Details
The Zermatt – Matterhorn destination celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn by the British woman Lucy Walker in summer 2021. A "Lucy Walker" chocolate created for the occasion is now on display in the Alpine Museum in Bern.Details
The Resort Hotel Alex and the Hotel Holiday/Restaurant La Calèche were recently awarded the "Fait Maison" label. They are the first two restaurants in Zermatt to be certified with the label, which recognises restaurants that prepare dishes in their own kitchens.Details
The new ZERMATTERS Nordic Center opened its doors to the public in the Täsch terminal on 20 December 2021.Details
Connoisseur Circle, TrustYou und ein Publikumsvoting haben in 13 Kategorien die Besten unter den Besten gekürt. Zu den Siegerhotels in der Kategorie «Design- und Boutiquehotels» dürfen sich auch das «The Omnia» und das «Cervo Mountain Resort» zählen.Details
Hublot sets out to reconquer the Matterhorn – the world-famous emblem of Switzerland. The manufacture has unveiled a new Big Bang "All Black" model. Swiss downhill and slalom champions Corinne Suter and Tanguy Nef represent its two proud faces.Details
The family-run brand from Switzerland is spreading its roots in the famous mountain village of Zermatt. Zermatt is renowned for attracting adventurers with its outstanding outdoor sports facilities. Zermatt is also located at the foot of the Matterhorn, which inspired the striking Norqain logo.Details
With the digital live Winter Opening Day, we opened the 2021/22 winter season together with guests and fans from all over the world – after all, this is the "❄Home of Winter❄". Even though the Matterhorn was hidden in the snow drifts on the day, the exciting input meant that it was still possible to look behind the scenes at our winter preparations.Details
Das Wochenende mit dem dritten Adventsonntag steht vor der Tür und wir informieren gerne über weitere Pistenöffnungen im Skigebiet ab kommendem Samstag:
Somit ist ab Samstag, 11. Dezember 2021 die erste Talabfahrt bis ins Dorf befahrbar. Bereits gestern am 08. Dezember 2021 konnte die Anlage Patrullarve sowie die Piste Nr. 4 Brunnjeschbord geöffnet werden.
The Reichenbach-Julen hotelier family have taken over the management and interior design for the former Tonyhouse in Zermatt. The "Chalet Antoine Service Apartments by Mirabeau Zermatt" are opening now after a short but intensive renovation period.Details
Zermatt – Matterhorn is reporting live from the destination on December 8, 2021.
Our digital Winter Opening launches the winter season 2021/22 with exciting and personal insights from Zermatt – the "Home of Winter". Reports will cover a range of issues, with interviews providing informative insights behind the scenes of the destination Zermatt – Matterhorn.Details
Blick has joined Switzerland Tourism to promote the most attractive ski resorts this winter. Starting now, the Blick community can vote for the destinations to receive a Blick Winter Award – and the Zermatt – Matterhorn destination has been nominated in two categories.Details
GaultMillau's "Host of the Year" serves in a Zermatt ski lodge! It's a rather sophisticated "lodge". "Chez Vrony" is synonymous with outstanding Zermatt gastronomy on the slopes. The business has been run by Vrony Cotting-Julen over many years, with the support of her husband Max. She epitomises warmth and professionalism, providing an oasis of calm despite the daily rush to service. The gastro guide has also awarded Vrony Cotting-Julen 14 points.Details
The first cross-border race in the history of the Ski World Cup will be held on the "Gran Becca" course. The run, which starts on Gobba di Rollin above Zermatt in Switzerland and finishes in Laghi Cime Bianche above Cervinia in Italy, stretches over four kilometres and almost 1,000 metres in altitude. Two Europa Cup races are planned to be held initially in autumn 2022, followed by the World Cup races for the first time in autumn 2023.Details
Ab Samstag, 27. November 2021 wird im Matterhorn ski paradise die Sesselbahn Gifthittli mit der Piste 36 Gornergrat öffnen. Dieses Gebiet ist mit dem Riffelberg-Express oder der Gornergrat Bahn erreichbar. Zudem wird die Piste 64 Garten neu befahrbar sein.
Auf der italienischen Seite werden zur gleichen Zeit die Piste 26 Rocce Nere 1 sowie die beiden Lifte Lago Goillet und Pancheron öffnen.
The "Cervo Mountain Resort" in Zermatt, which opened in 2009, is celebrating: following its renovation and extension, the hotel has picked up the AHEAD Award in the "Resort" category in Europe.Details
Iconic in Zermatt for its design and lifestyle concept, the Unique Hotel Post features four different restaurants and five bars and clubs. The coming season will see a host of innovative and interesting gastronomy concept adaptations and expansions.Details
Am Samstag, 20. November 2021 gehen weitere Skipisten im höchsten Skigebiet der Alpen auf. Total werden rund 58 Kilometer Pisten im Matterhorn ski paradise geöffnet sein.Details
From Saturday 13th of November 2021, pistes No. 81 Fiererpiste, No. 66 Theodulsee, No. 65 Rennstrecke and No. 63 Sandiger Boden will be open in the ski area. Thus, from Saturday, 39 kilometers of pistes will be accessible in the international ski area.
On Saturday 6 november 2021, the ski pistes in Matterhorn ski paradise are already open up to 32 kilometers. Pistes «Plan Maison» (6), «Fornet» (6.0) and «Bontadini» (6.00) will be accessible.
For the fifth time, The Omnia has been voted as Switzerland’s Leading Boutique Hotel in the World Travel Awards™. The awards are designed to promote the global tourism industry and advance the increase in quality standards.Details
The European wine magazine "Vinum" awards the Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni the Swiss Wine List Award 2021. With five stars, it is named the winner in the gourmet category focussing on Valais.Details
The ski test on the Theodul glacier in Zermatt is among the most beautiful experiences in the high alpine region. In October 2021, the modern and spacious Matterhorn Testcenter will open its doors, offering guests the opportunity to test the latest ski models in a unique setting. A ski-in & ski-out experience in a class of its own!Details
The clock is ticking: it's just one year until the Matterhorn Glacier Ride ll goes into operation. The modern 3S cable car will connect the Klein Matterhorn mountain station at 3,883 metres above sea level with the Testa Grigia valley station in Italy, thus enabling one of the highest and most panoramic border crossings – the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing.Details
Celebrating winter, celebrating Zermatt. A new series of events under the banner "Winter Celebrations Zermatt" is set to herald the winter season. Visitors and local residents can enjoy a wide-ranging programme at various locations in the four weeks from 17 December 2021 to 17 January 2022. Experience ice and light art in the village and get in the mood for winter.Details
The coronavirus crisis somewhat marred the opening of Switzerland's first autonomous gondola lift last winter. This year, the gondola lift on the Rothorn will start its second season – transporting guests from all over the world from Tufternkehr via the Wyss Gufer middle station to the 3,103-metre-high Rothorn.Details
Acoustic music, culinary delights and exciting discoveries: April has it all! From 5 – 9 April 2022, the organisers of the Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival are planning to fill the unique mountain world of Zermatt with delightful musical moments after a two-year break due to the coronavirus pandemic.Details
The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof in Zermatt, which has existed since 1879, has been accepted into Historic Hotels Worldwide, the official programme of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to recognise and celebrate the best historic hotels around the world.Details
The Stafelalp mountain restaurant at the foot of the Matterhorn, 2,200 metres above sea level, has a new look after several years of reconstruction.Details
From October, 41-year-old Diogo Monteiro Correia will take over from Christian Schubert as executive chef at the renowned Zermatt design and lifestyle 4-star superior Unique Hotel Post, which features four restaurants and five bars and clubs.Details
In spring 2022, the Swiss Armed Forces will once again host the legendary Patrouille des Glaciers. This event has cult status in the discipline of ski mountaineering racing and runs from Zermatt via Arolla to Verbier.Details
The Zermatt – Matterhorn destination continues to focus on protecting guests and employees against COVID-19 as far as possible. For over a year now, Zermatt Tourism and almost 200 businesses have been members of the Clean&Safe label – committing themselves to consciously complying with the coronavirus protection concepts.Details
The Beau Site Zermatt will be presenting its new designer look from December, allowing guests to experience a more contemporary elegant style with a hint of British flair. The renowned design studio behind the project, Atelier Zurich, was inspired by the history of the Beau Site, which helped popularise Zermatt as a British tourism destination since 1907. The hallmarks of the Beau Site will now include design along with the much-loved historical exterior, welcoming service and Matterhorn views.Details
The Fuchs bakery in Zermatt is known for its innovative spirit. A new collaboration with the packaging company Pawi now allows customers to design their own packaging for certain products. From orders above 25 pieces, customers can design the packaging for their favourite product online, such as for the bakery’s famous "Matterhörnli" miniature Matterhorn chocolate specialities. The personalised presents will make ideal customer gifts.
In addition, the bakery has revised its range of cakes and now also sells its own drinks. Bäckerei Fuchs has also developed in terms of sustainability: by joining the Swisstainable programme run by Switzerland Tourism, it is contributing to a sustainable future.
The Cervo Mountain Resort has a host of new developments for the winter season 2021/2022 and the summer season beyond. From its natural swimming pond to macramé workshops and a sound path, the opportunities for guest relaxation just got bigger.Details
Spring 2022 will mark the big reveal: the Family Destination Zermatt - Matterhorn will open the first part of the new Wolli Adventure Trail. An extraordinary mountain playground will be created along the lower high-altitude trail, over a length of more than two kilometres.Details
Starting this winter season, the Europe Hotel & Spa will be working with the new cosmetic line by the South Tyrol based company Team Dr. Joseph.
Founded in 1986, Team Dr. Joseph is the expression of a lifelong fascination for the ingenuity of plants and their functional ingredients. Today, the company combines its many years of experience using highly effective, natural raw materials and the latest technologies in harmony with nature and its resources.
The certified ECO organic cosmetics have already received several awards, including the SPA Diamond Award for the Best Green Spa Treatment.
Non-resident guests can also take advantage of the spa offer at the Europe Hotel & Spa.
Zermatt Tourism participates in the Swisstainable sustainability programme for Swiss tourism and meets the criteria for Level I – committed.Details
As part of the 100% Women Peak Challenge, more than 400 female mountaineers have climbed all 48 of Switzerland's four-thousand-metre peaks since 8 March 2021 – in all-female rope teams!Details
The Hotel Perren Superior*** has been rebranded Alpine Hotel Perren with a name change that reflects a generation change under the new management of Nicolas Burgener and his team. In its new portfolio, the hotel is offering shared experiences with #teamPERREN outside the hotel too.Details
The aperitif and evening menu at Manud will be enchanted with a touch of Japanese flavour in the 2021/2022 winter season. Manud's new guest chef Roberto Catra spent a year learning from the best during his culinary scholarship in Japan and is now bringing his art to the Zermatt café.Details
The Horu Trophy will be contested in Zermatt for the 30th time from 13 to 16 January 2022: 76 teams curling on 19 different rinks in the centre of Zermatt. The Horu Trophy is one of the biggest curling tournaments in Europe to take place outdoors.Details
Around 400 cycling enthusiasts successfully took up the challenge of "Chasing Cancellara" Zurich–Zermatt this year. The toughest stage of the international race series will be on the programme again next year: Zermatt Tourism and "Chasing Cancellara" have extended the contract for a further three years, keeping this successful event that finishes in Zermatt on the event calendar.Details
Cycling by e-bike through the majestic mountain world of Zermatt – with culinary delights along the way. The Horugüet Bike event, taking place in this format for the first time, is aimed at active foodiesDetails
Directly opposite the train station, a 200m2 work of art now welcomes visitors to Zermatt. The newly inaugurated graffiti by artist Jasm One is part of the project Art Valais Wallis it’s water path.Details
The CERVO Mountain Resort was recognised for its outstanding interior design with the ICONIC AWARD in the Innovative Architecture category. The Zermatt resort has been making waves since 2009 with its innovative spirit and modern alpine interior.Details
The Swiss accordion quartet has gone straight to number one in the Swiss Artist Singles Charts.Details
The gelaterias Kalte Lust, Manu Gelato and La Golosa Gelato have collaborated with Zermatt Tourism to create a BIG Summer ice cream, to be sold at 13 locations.Details
The "Reine du Cervin" cow fighting festival on 8 August is just around the corner. To advertise the traditional event, Zermatt Tourism has filmed a follow-up to its web series from 2018. An episode will be published from Monday 26 July on Zermatt Tourism's social media channels, with three new episodes in total. In the last edition of the web series around the traditional festival, the two main actors David and Benny managed to bring both the image of Zermatt and the Director of Tourism Daniel Luggen into disrepute. To avoid being banished from Zermatt, the two try to repair the damage with an original idea – using very unconventional means and aided and abetted by some very well-known Swiss personalities. You can find out what the protagonists actually plan by checking out the website.
Year after year, thousands of mountaineers fulfil their dream of climbing the Matterhorn. Since 23 June, this summit experience has also been available at the Museum of Transport in Lucerne. Together with Red Bull athlete Jérémie Heitz and Zermatt mountain guide Sam Anthamatten, visitors can virtually climb to the summit of the Matterhorn using VR glasses and a climbing wall.Details
The programme has now been finalised to celebrate the anniversary of the first woman to climb the Matterhorn on 22 July 2021. A full day of events is planned in recognition of the remarkable achievement of mountaineer Lucy Walker, culminating in a keynote speech by Swiss Federal Councillor Viola Amherd.Details
The second section of the Zermatt Culture Trail opened last Saturday, 19 June 2021. The section was opened to the public following a celebration ceremony and blessing by priest Stefan Roth.Details
A new lamp hangs inconspicuously above a white tabletop in the Zermatt Tourism Office. But this is no ordinary lamp. Developed by Lukas Julen, a young entrepreneur from Zermatt, it projects an interactive surface onto the table with audio playback. The content can be accessed on the surface of the table – even though it is just a standard table, with no technology adjustments. The projection allows guests to call up web-based content for inspiration: whether it's webcams, weather, digital brochures or hiking maps. The "Lamp+" was recently installed in the tourism office and is now available for any visitors to try.
From 28 May 2021 the Matterhorn Museum is presenting the exhibition "NEW PERSPECTIVES. Women in Zermatt – Yesterday and Today", which considers the role of women in Zermatt's history and in the present day, engaging with the current issues of gender equality and equal rights. The project also includes art installations in public space.Details
“5-star ski area” and “Best panorama” - the ski area of Zermatt, Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche won over Skiresort.de in these categories and was crowned top performer 2021. The world’s biggest ski area test portal has been recognising the best ski areas every year since 1998. The Matterhorn ski paradise scored points for ski area size, choice of pistes, cable cars, guaranteed snow, piste preparation, environmental friendliness, mountain hospitality and choice of accommodation.
Every year TripAdvisor chooses the 25 best hotels nationally and internationally. And the winners of the "Travellers’ Choice Awards" have now been announced. The Omnia moves up the world rankings – and eight hotels from Zermatt are included on the Swiss ranking list.Details
Every year TripAdvisor selects the Travellers’ Choice winners for best restaurants. Following on from last year's success, the Zermatt restaurant Chez Vrony takes first place in Switzerland again.Details
Ski speed athletes are set to start the World Cup season at the foot of the Matterhorn in the future. A cross-border project is taking shape to make the vision a reality, involving the Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) and Swiss-Ski with the tourist destinations of Zermatt and Cervinia. The first World Cup speed opening in Zermatt/Cervinia could be held as early as autumn 2023.Details
Together with Swiss yoga teacher Adeline Fossard, the SchlossHotel in Zermatt has developed two new yoga retreats. The weekend or weekly packages include accommodation and other services, with two daily yoga sessions in small groups of up to 10 people. The sessions take place in the hotel's new yoga facility or in the open air, against the backdrop of the Zermatt mountain panorama – with the opportunity to have your picture taken by photographer Fred Vaudroz. The programme also features group hikes and dinners, with additional options on the one-week programme for workshops on improving basic yoga postures or creating an individual training session.
The famous Zermatt Blacknose sheep spend their summers in the mountain pastures. From July to September, they will also be on the Gornergrat. From 1 July 2021, it’s easy to find the animals, as their neck collars are fitted with a GPS tracker. The package is called “Meet the Sheep.” Guests can track the sheep’s signal on www.gornergrat.ch/sheep, follow the route and meet the sheep in the mountains. The animals are accompanied by the shepherdess Deborah, who provides fascinating information about the sheep breed from the Upper Valais from Tuesday to Sunday between 13:30 and 15:00 hrs. Guided walks to the Blacknose sheep with background information take place every Wednesday and Saturday. Saturdays also include feeding the sheep and an aperitif at the Riffelhaus 1853 on Riffelberg.
Musician Werner Erb is offering new alphorn workshops in the tennis hall of the Alex Hotel in Zermatt from summer 2021.The 1.5-hour courses are aimed at anyone who wants check out this iconic traditional Swiss instrument up close and have a go at playing it. The workshops take place from July to October on eight Fridays and Saturdays. As well as alphorns, wurzelhorns and Büchel (a related instrument resembling a trumpet) are also available to try. With replaceable mouthpieces and disinfectant sprays, all hygiene aspects are covered too.
As part of its 2021 summer and autumn campaign "In the footsteps of Lucy Walker", the Zermatt – Matterhorn destination is launching a new cultural initiative. A series of information points will provide historical and cultural information about Lucy Walker via the Matterhorn app in a multimedia format. They will focus on information about famous female mountaineers and historical issues around the role of women in mountain villages, with details of legends and customs related to local women. By launching the infopoints throughout the village in July, Zermatt Tourism is creating a service that can be used 365 days a year, regardless of the availability of village guides.
Float with a virtual hang-glider over the high alpine landscape, experience the powers of nature and the four seasons on the Matterhorn, or even look through a digital telescope and bring the real Matterhorn right into focus. The new «Zooom the Matterhorn» experience world on the Gornergrat, which will open on 1 June 2021, offers all this and more. Guests who visit the Zooom exhibition this year will have their admission to it included in their Gornergrat train tickets.
The Zermatt region has more historic buildings than almost any other. The “Alts Zermatt” association hopes to draw attention to these cultural treasures by linking them on a five-stage cultural trail. The first stage from Zermatt to Zmutt has already been open for almost two years. On 19 June 2021, the second stage will be opened - “Zmutt, oldest hamlet in Switzerland”. The name reveals the location for the new route, comprising 14 stopping points and a total of 13 historic houses - the oldest of which dates back to the 13th century. Information boards provide fascinating facts about the history and cultural background of the buildings and the hamlet. This stage also includes an exhibition in a barn. The project is supported by the Zermatt municipality, the Zermatt Civic Community’s cultural and social foundation, the Cantonal Department of Monument Preservation and Zermatt Tourism.
As managing director of the After Seven restaurant and, more recently, of the Vernissage at the Backstage Hotel, celebrity chef Florian Neubauer is launching a new concept, consisting of art, bar, cinema, clubbing and cuisine.Details
Following a roof fire in May 2020, the Hotel Derby on Bahnhofstrasse in Zermatt was demolished, including the restaurant, and completely re-built. The attractive main building has been constructed in a traditional Valais style. The Hotel Derby will welcome guests to its new rooms from the end of May, when they can enjoy the pine cladding and comfortable divan beds.
The pandemic has forced many people to work from home. Why not have a work space in the mountains? In Zermatt, several accommodation providers are now offering work packages – comprising a well-equipped, motivating work space and an exciting, relaxing range of leisure activities to help your work-life balance.
In addition to the Zermatt Bike Pass, a new Bike Pass Light is now available for the summer. This entitles holders to unlimited cable car rides on the Zermatt-Sunnegga-Blauherd, Zermatt-Furi-Schwarzsee and Zermatt-Furi-Riffelberg routes. If that’s not enough, the Zermatt Bike Pass enables you to ride up to Schwarzsee and the Rothorn, and up to the Gornergrat – subject to booking and an additional fee at certain times.
When the first of the sun’s rays touches the majestic mountain peaks, bathing the panorama in soft light, there’s no better place to witness it than on the banks of Stellisee lake, where the Matterhorn is reflected in the smooth surface of the water. In July and August, Zermatt Bergbahnen will be offering dawn rides to Blauherd and back. The package includes the journey there and back, plus breakfast in Restaurant Fluhalp. From Blauherd station, it’s a 45-minute hike to Stellisee lake, where you can admire nature’s show and then enjoy a sumptuous breakfast including local specialities in Restaurant Fluhalp.
Outdoor provider Zermatters has put together new summer activities for children and adults from beginner to advanced level. These include trail running, Alpine tours and children’s sports.Details
The famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt through beautiful Alpine landscapes can now be completed as part of a seven-day e-bike tour with an e-Alps guide. Participants can look forward to stunning views, exciting trails and charming accommodation. There is also a shorter route from Sion to Zermatt that only takes three days by e-bike.
Another point and Chef of the Month – that’s the good news from The Omnia. Chef Hauke Pohl creates inspiring, sophisticated cuisine that focuses on vegetables.Details
In spring 2021, the three-star Hotel Hemizeus is renovating 11 double rooms in the main Zeus building. Rooms will be redesigned in an Alpine style, with underfloor heating, larger bathrooms and new furniture and lighting. The work will be completed over May and June, with the hotel re-opening scheduled for July. The hotel owners will also be adding a terrace to the restaurant with lounge seating and tables where guests can enjoy the view of the Matterhorn. This can also be used in winter. All the rooms and apartments in the other buildings, Hera and Mira, have been renovated over the last few years. The facades of all three buildings have also been renovated. Next year, the remaining ten bedrooms in the Zeus building are scheduled to be renovated, completing the hotel’s refurbishment work.
2021 marks 150 years since the first Matterhorn ascent by a woman – Lucy Walker. The Zermatt – Matterhorn destination is therefore focusing on topics connected with this incredible achievement: alpinism and the role of women. A special exhibition in and around the museum and a range of new packages and attractions will showcase the anniversary.Details
The hut wardens of the Ze Seewjinu Mountain Lodge and Monte Rosa Hut are now offering the four-day “Monte Rosa Trek” – a circular hike in the Matter Valley on several high-altitude trails, past beautiful mountain lakes and across the imposing Gorner Glacier. The trek can be booked for stays from the middle of July for CHF 298 and includes three nights with half-board and herbal tea, plus crampons for the glacier crossing to the Monte Rosa Hut. A mountain guide can also be booked. Guests can look forward to stunning panoramic views and enjoying the beauty of nature as well as fascinating stories from the experienced hut wardens, who are also avid mountain climbers.
Hotel Bella Vista is building a relaxation room clad in Swiss pine wood in the “Alpine Spa Bella Vista”. This wood's essential oils have a wonderful aroma and have proven health benefits. The room will feature water beds where guests can relax. Two of the bedrooms will also be renovated, from a traditional style into a chalet style, as has already been done with some of the other bedrooms.
The Silvana Mountain Hotel is redesigning its outdoor area for the forthcoming summer season. In addition to the lounge area, there’ll be a children’s play area with a climbing wall, swings, treehouse, waterwheel and table tennis, plus a marmot observation post. Around 15 marmots live within 20 metres of the hotel. There will still be a bike chalet for guests where they can charge, wash and repair their e-bikes. The hotel also has e-mountain bikes and kickbikes for hire. The redesign of the outdoor area is the last stage in the full renovation of the hotel with new bedrooms, a new spa and a new restaurant.
In the new fine dining Restaurant Potato on Bahnhofstrasse in Zermatt, this vegetable is used in the majority of the dishes. There is also a focus on local sourcing, with most ingredients coming from within a maximum 50 km radius around Zermatt. At lunchtime, guests can select dishes from the à la carte menu while in the evening, they can choose between three, five or seven courses as part of a surprise menu. This is changed twice a week. Even in the current situation, you can try out the new restaurant’s creations, thanks to online ordering and their home delivery service.
The 86th Annual General Meeting of Zermatt Tourism took place virtually – for the first time in its history. The association members agreed by circular resolution to appoint the previous Director of Tourism, Amadé Perrig, as an honorary member and to amend the statutes.Details
Zermatt Bergbahnen AG has granted visitors, locals and even itself an early Christmas present. On 19 December 2020, the new ten-person Kumme gondola lift went into operation. This latest highlight in the Matterhorn ski paradise features a smart design and state-of-the-art technology.Details
Under the direction of Armand Aufdenblatten and Martina Eha, the rex hotel is introducing two new culinary concepts. The new Restaurant Bergreich is opening its own bakery next to it, where they will bake 100% organic bread. Their house speciality is sourdough bread and is available to order online now. Orders for fresh bread placed in the evening can be collected the next morning between 8:00 hrs and 12:00 hrs at the window of the “Backzeit” bakery.
On Saturday 2 January 2021, the Eisfluh (no 5), Kumme (no 14) abd Tufternkumme (no 15) pistes will open. On Sunday 3 January 2021, the Obere National (no 8) piste will also open. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 124 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.
Following construction work, the puralpina store on Kirchplatz has re-opened. The larger sales area now features new regional specialities and the Bärgfett Alpine body care collection. This collection includes 100% natural skincare products from puralpina for hands, feet and lips.
On Saturday 19 December 2020, the White Hare (no 28), Untere National (no 1), Howette (no 3), Tuftern (no 9), Gifthittli (no 35) and Blatten (no 50) pistes will open, as well as two more magic carpets in the Wolli Park. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 104 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.
On Tuesday 15 December 2020, the Riffelalp (no 39), Landtunnel (no 41) und Schweigmatten (no 42) and Stafelalp (no 52) pistes will open. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 85 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.
The CERVO Mountain Resort in Zermatt is the first Valais hotel to be awarded the Ibex Fairstay sustainability label.Details
On Saturday 12 December 2020, the Grünsee (no 26), Brunnjeschbord (no 4), Skiweg (no 61) and Weisse Perle (no 51) pistes to Furi will open, as well as two magic carpets in the Wolli Park. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 77 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.
On Saturday 5 December 2020, the ski facilities in Rothorn and Gornergrat will open, in addition to the cable cars in the Matterhorn glacier paradise that are already open. Pistes 6, 7, 11, 19, 29 and 36 will be accessible, expanding the ski area to 62 kilometres of pistes. Due to cantonal COVID-19 measures, restaurants remain closed until 13 December 2020, but six mountain restaurants are offering a takeaway service during this period.
The CERVO Mountain Resort has put together some new and innovative winter packages. Fans of Swiss cheese, in a group of maximum four people, can enjoy a chat over some fondue in the old Stockhorn gondola. Anyone missing the atmosphere of a Christmas market this year should visit the Santa House. Private groups of up to ten people can rent the mini Christmas market and purchase handmade products, make s’mores over the fire or rummage through the picnic basket provided.
At the World Ski Awards 2020, the luxury holiday apartment Chalet Zermatt Peak won first prize in the category for world's best ski chalet. The award has gone to Zermatt for the last three years, but to Chalet Les Anges. The World Ski Awards were created in 2013 and is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards. Every year, a jury made up of industry experts and the public choose the winners in a range of categories.
Ab Freitag, 27. November 2020 sind neu 40 Pistenkilometer im Matterhorn ski paradise befahrbar. Die Pisten 63, 64, 65, 66 und 70 von Trockener Steg bis Furgg werden zum Wochenende hin geöffnet. Der Betrieb des Testa-Skilifts wird zudem um eine Woche verlängert.
The warm weather in November makes technical snowmaking on the slopes difficult. For this reason, the start of the season for the Rothorn and Gornergrat areas has been postponed by one week to 5 December 2020. The Matterhorn glacier paradise area is open.
«Gault Millau» has selected the 830 best restaurants in Switzerland for 2021. The results for Zermatt can be marveled at: 15 Zermatt restaurants were awarded points – with 17 for the best.Details
On 5 November 2020, the Matterhorn ski paradise was once again crowned best ski resort in the Alps. The Best Ski Resort Report is the biggest independent visitor satisfaction survey in the Alps and is conducted every two years. After two overall wins in 2014 and 2016 and a second place in 2018, Zermatt has topped the ratings yet again in 2020.Details
The Ari Resort in Zermatt now has a new wellness area. From December 2020, guests will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art jacuzzi, a Finnish sauna and a relaxation zone. Constructed from pale spruce wood and with gentle lighting, the atmosphere is perfect for calming, private relaxation.
For the fourth time in a row, the 5-star Zermatt hotel The Omnia has been named “Switzerland's Leading Boutique Hotel” at the World Travel Awards 2020. The annual World Travel Awards are famous travel and tourism awards around the world. Travel, tourism and business experts vote to decide the ranking.
Working with Trustyou, the specialist travel magazine Connoisseur Circle has named the best Swiss hotels in 11 categories, including 4 Zermatt organisations.Details
From Saturday 10 October 2020, skiers in the Matterhorn ski paradise will be able to access 25 kilometres of pistes. Weather permitting, the Furggsattel chair lift will start operating, and pistes 71 and 72 will open, in addition to pistes 73, 80, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87 and 88. The connecting piste from the glacier ski area to Trockener Steg will also open.
The whole of Zermatt’s infrastructure is still available to guests this winter – combined with the necessary safety precautions to ensure the health of guests and employees. All the facilities and pistes will be open – and there will even be an additional cable car in operation, the Kumme gondola. Even the Zermatt Unplugged music festival will take place, albeit in a different format that's been adapted to the current situation.Details
The Manud café is a recent exciting addition to the Zermatt village centre, where friends meet for lunch, coffee and cake, a snack or evening drinks. This winter, there’s a fantastic new item on the menu – from 11 December 2020 to 11 April 2021, up-and-coming Zurich chef Noah Rechsteiner and his team will be introducing his “ANOAH” concept to the Manud, inviting guests to a plant-based dinner, available Tuesday to Saturday evenings. The young chef is well-known for taking his guests on a journey into the world of plant-based cuisine, but it’s not all about the ideology; the focus is on sharing hospitality and creative cuisine.
The Valais has been chosen as the host region. For the first time, all seven divisions of the Mountain Bike World Championships will take place in one region.Details
The Zermatt – Matterhorn destination is striving to protect guests and employees against COVID-19 as much as possible. Its companies and facilities have therefore introduced a range of safety measures. The “Clean & Safe” label shows which organisations have committed to these safety concepts.
Im November wird er verliehen: der prestigeträchtige Schweizer Tourismuspreis Milestone. Unter den diesjährigen Nominierten ist auch ein Projekt aus Zermatt.Details
On 2 and 3 November 2020, Zermatt will hold Digital Days for the first time; this event is taking place for the fourth time in Switzerland, this year in 23 locations. The event in Zermatt includes talks, discussions and panels on the topic of digitalisation in tourism and is aimed at members of Zermatt Tourism as well as interested participants from across Switzerland. The programme is free, but registration is required. Protecting visitors from COVID-19 is the top priority, so all locations have introduced strict safety measures.
Outdoor experience providers Zermatters have responded to changing visitor requirements and created some new, innovative products. These include an avalanche course – training comprises two modules delivered over three days, resulting in the Swiss Mountain Training I and II certificates. The new products also include guided cross-country skiing, carving lessons on the pistes and ski tour taster courses for anyone who has not done a ski tour before. A fixed weekly programme enables individuals to take part in group courses.
In addition to their hotel and apartments, Maisons Matthiol’s mountain holiday accommodation now includes two new chalets. The chalets comprise five apartments of different sizes and a converted stable. Guests can also use the facilities and services of the nearby Boutique Hotel Matthiol.Details
David Georgi joins Restaurant Veranda and Marie’s Deli, succeeding Alain Kuster.Details
Hotel Mama Zermatt has taken over the former bar Gee’s and the former Cuckoo Club at Bahnhofstrasse 70 in Zermatt. The 2020 winter season will see the opening of Bar und Club Mamacita, which will be all about South American culture, including spicy food, incredible drinks and live music every evening. The bar will be open every day until 02:00 hrs and the club – playing electro jazz, electro swing, deep house and tribal house – until 04:00 hrs.
Over the last few years, Hotel Capricorn has renovated all the bedrooms in the main building. Since spring, guests have been enjoying freshly painted rooms with new wooden walls, parquet flooring and new furniture. Some of the bathrooms have also been renovated, with the rest to be renovated gradually over time.
Mountain Riviera AG, AlpinRiviera GmbH and Zermatt Premium Apartments have moved into a new office, located at Steinmattstrasse 43. The team is available every day for anyone interested in buying or selling property, house management or renting luxury holiday apartments in Zermatt.
The rather outdated “Rothorn Photopoint” and “Trockener Steg Photopoint” have been upgraded. As previously, you can trigger the camera using your ski pass and then download the photo from www.skiline.cc. The new photopoints have a contemporary look and are easy to operate thanks to the user-friendly screen.
The 10-person Kumme gondola will open on 19 December 2020 and it will be the first gondola in Switzerland that can run without staff. Fifty-six cabins will carry 1,500 people per hour on the 3.2 km route from Tufternkehr via the middle station in Wyss Gufer to the Unterrothorn. The new facility and accompanying artificial snow system will be a fantastic addition to the winter sports facilities in the Unterrothorn area.
A new multimedia experience all about the Matterhorn and the incredible views of the 29 surrounding four-thousanders is coming to the Gornergrat. In summer 2021, the first visitors will be able to enjoy a multi-dimensional immersion and get up close to this beautiful natural world. The exhibition will be in the station of the former “Hohtälli” cable car.Details
«Ski Chalet» is the new restaurant addition at the Silvana Mountain Hotel, which will open its doors on 27 November 2020. All the hotel rooms are currently being refurbished in an Alpine style as part of the renovation.Details
Every year TripAdvisor selects the Travellers’ Choice winners for best restaurants. This year Zermatt restaurant Chez Vrony has been awarded first place in Switzerland.Details
Every year TripAdvisor chooses the 25 best hotels nationally and internationally. And the winners of the "Travellers’ Choice Awards" have now been announced. The Omnia makes it onto the world rankings – plus eight hotels from Zermatt are included on the Swiss ranking list.Details
The communities of Zermatt and Valtournenche have launched a cross-border collaboration, with a range of measures aimed at raising more awareness of the area at the foot of the Matterhorn.Details
In March 2020, the “Lebensraum Zermatt” association collected surplus food from hotels and restaurants and gave it to private individuals in return for a donation. The money raised – CHF 14,500 – was donated to two Valais foundations, Atelier Manus and Emera.Details
CEO and Air Zermatt helicopter pilot Gerold Biner is this year’s recipient of the award from the “Divisionär F.K. Rünzi” foundation. This award from the Board of Trustees, presided over by Council of State Christophe Darbellay, recognizes an exceptional person who has realized their childhood dream of becoming a helicopter pilot at Air Zermatt and made their passion into a career.Details
Every year, the Sonntagszeitung newspaper publishes a hotel guide ranking the best hotels in Switzerland in different categories. The best chef has also been nominated – and it’s a top chef from Zermatt.Details
Zermatt Tourism started selling “Ten percent more Matterhorn” vouchers in the middle of May. Anyone who purchased a voucher automatically received an additional ten percent of the value. This campaign has come to an end now. Within about three weeks guests have bought Zermatt vouchers worth over 3 million Swiss francs. Vouchers are valid for ten years and can be redeemed at over 150 partners throughout the destination, including Zermatt Bergbahnen, many restaurants, accommodation providers and shops.
From 6 June, all leisure and entertainment businesses and tourist attractions may reopen. In addition to the facilities that are already open, the mountain railways, cinemas, swimming pools and camping sites will also be allowed to start the summer season.
Together with their Italian neighbours, Valtournenche, Zermatt is planning to co-host men’s and women's downhill races. For the first time in the history of the World Cup, a race will take place over a national border. The route is special for several reasons, including the fact that it will be the longest, highest downhill in the World Cup.Details
While the “SchlossCottage”, due to open this July, is being refurbished and the new “SchlossHouse” is being built on the land next to the hotel, the existing wellness area in the SchlossHotel Zermatt is also being extended. The new spa concept includes the use of the cannabis ingredient cannabidiol (CBD).Details
Under the slogan of “Ten percent more Matterhorn”, Zermatt Tourismus is adding a voucher worth an extra ten percent onto voucher purchases. Vouchers are valid for ten years and can be redeemed at over 100 partners across the destination, including restaurants, accommodation providers and shops, Zermatt Bergbahnen and zermatt.ch. Zermatt Tourismus hopes the campaign will increase liquidity, help to retain customers, and offer loyal visitors a thank you in the form of additional value.
From 11 May 2020, restaurants, bars, shops, museums and sports facilities in Switzerland are allowed to be open again. However, strict conditions with protection concepts apply. Cable cars, camping sites and entertainment and leisure facilities will remain closed.
During five weeks, Zermatt projected various images onto the Matterhorn in the evening. An initiative that was successful worldwide.Details
The first Indian restaurant in Zermatt is set to open in December 2020 at Bahnhofplatz 2 – the Golden India. The Indian owners, the Singh family, studied in Switzerland and already run successful restaurants in Wengen and Grindelwald. Locals and visitors to the destination will soon be able to experience delicious, authentic Indian cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere.
Bäckerei Fuchs, run by owner Philipp Fuchs, is launching a new bread delivery service for guests in holiday apartments. Guests can order bread online to be delivered to their apartment the next day using the postal service. Both one-off orders and weekly subscriptions will be available. The “Bread Post” is a project set up by local bakeries and the Swiss postal service.
The lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic is causing a great deal of uncertainty and reduced sales for almost every industry in Switzerland. Instead of falling into a state of shock, the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG (ZBAG) concentrates on the time “when this is all over”. Despite the difficult starting position, the Board of Directors has decided to make the major investments of around 60 million Swiss francs over the next two years as planned. The additional financing provided by the banks also contributes to this decision. As soon as the weather conditions allow and no further official decisions relating to the coronavirus prevent construction work from taking place, ZBAG will commence the task of building the new Kumme gondola lift and continue work on the Matterhorn glacier ride II 3S cableway project.Details
During this year’s Traillove Festival in Zermatt, an E-Bike Enduro Race will take place for the first time in Switzerland.Details
The interior furnishings store Destination Home will be relocating at the beginning of July to Haus Annelis at Steinmattstrasse 2. The new store will be completely refurbished and will offer a range of bespoke products. The new concept will include the expansion of the in-house collection, “Destination Home Zermatt”, as well as home living products and accessories. In addition to selling decorative items such as woollen blankets, cushions and textiles, the store will offer a full renovation and interior decorating service including planning, organisation and project management. Furniture, lighting, textiles, kitchen equipment and bedlinen can all be sourced and ordered from Destination Home. The company prioritises the use of local partners, local production and handmade items.
After minor renovations, the Europa Trail Hut is scheduled to re-open in the middle of June 2020 under the new name “Täschalp Restaurant & Lodge” and under the new management of Gela and André Lerjen, who run Othmar’s Ski Hut in winter. Initially only the renovated restaurant will be open, welcoming hikers on the Europa trail and the Monte Rosa Tour with Valais cuisine. The lodge remains closed while renovation and redesign work takes place.
Restaurant Moos, which has been closed for five years, is scheduled to re-open to guests in June 2020 under the new name of “Moos-Hitta”. Owners Sabina and Roger Perren will offer homemade soups and cakes and much more. Walkers, runners or bikers can find the “Moos-Hitta” just outside the village not far from the Zermatt hamlet of Winkelmatten.
To celebrate the building's 20th anniversary, the Kin Hut is being fitted with eco-friendly, sustainable solar panels. The hut is scheduled to open for the summer season on 26 June 2020.
The theme of the projections on the Matterhorn on Saturday, 28 March 2020 is Italy - the country in Europe most affected by the coronavirus pandemic and located directly behind the Swiss landmark.Details
In July 2020, Schlosshotel Zermatt is expected to open their new “SchlossCottage” in the centre of Zermatt. Two former barns have been converted into a cosy cottage, sleeping up to four people. It has three floors and features a fireplace, sauna and home cinema. Guests will also be able to use the wellness areas in the Schlosshotel Zermatt and access the hotel’s services.
The “Apparthotel Casa Vanessa” is now called “22 SUMMITS Apartments” and will be renovated in summer 2020. The apartments will all get a brand new look, from the exteriors to the bathrooms. They will have an Alpine-chic design, similar to the 22 SUMMITS Boutique Hotel.
At the end of January 2021, BaseCamp Hotel & Apartments will open their new “Camp One” chalet in Furi, sleeping 6-7 people. It is right next to the pistes and will be let out as a single accommodation unit – a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Zermatt village. The chalet will offer an outdoor jacuzzi and will have its own wine cellar and a fireplace. Services such as organising breakfast and shopping will also be available.
On 20 April 2020, construction will start on the land next to the hotel, building the “SchlossHouse” and an extension to the existing spa and gym at the Schlosshotel Zermatt. The work is scheduled to be finished by the middle of October 2020. There will then be four Superior rooms and two suites in the Schlosshouse as well as a new sauna and steam rooms, relaxation facilities, beauty treatments, spa packages and a new state-of-the-art gym for guests to enjoy.
This year's UBS Prix Sommet in Valais is focusing on sustainability. Over nine months, the three participating companies will work on improving their waste management, reducing their CO2 emissions and optimising their processes. Tradition Julen Zermatt is one of the three companies who will face this challenge.Details
Gornergrat Bahn is the first Swiss rail company to provide the public with free Wi-Fi on all its trains. Simply log in to access free internet access between the car park in Täsch and the Gornergrat – on all shuttle trains and the Gornergrat Bahn.
New webcams have now been installed across the whole destination, with significantly better image quality than their predecessors. They are 360-degree cameras that show the whole surrounding area. Some of the webcams can also take fantastic nighttime shots. The live images can be seen at any time on the websites of Zermatt Tourism and of Zermatt Bergbahnen. The webcam images will also appear in the "Matterhorn" app soon. A selection of live recordings can also be seen on smart TVs (via Feratel) and on SRF Meteo, RTS, ORF 3 and ARD-alpha TV channels.
At the 85th Annual General Meeting of Zermatt Tourism, new members were selected for the Committee, which re-confirmed Paul-Marc Julen as President. Zermatt – Matterhorn had a positive financial year and reported an increase in occupancy rates. Their success encourages the destination to remain innovative.Details
On 12 December 2019, a SPAR Express was opened at Schluhmattstrasse 1 in Zermatt where the former food store PAM used to be. This is the first store in Valais for the East Swiss SPAR Group and will have extended opening hours – every day from 07:00–20:00 hrs. Locals and holidaymakers will find everything for their daily food needs over the 100 square metres..
The first completely renovated 1st and 2nd class cars of the Glacier Express are set to roll out just in time for next year’s 90th anniversary celebrations. The design and technology of the cars are based on the Excellence Class, which has proved hugely popular since its launch in March 2019.Details
This week, the Parkhotel Beau Site in Zermatt re-opened its new gastronomy world after being closed for six weeks for renovation. Last weekend, General Manager Roman Codina and the Board of Directors welcomed around 300 partners, guests and friends to the hotel’s refurbished facilities.Details
On Saturday 22 November 2019, more facilities and pistes were opened to skiers. This means that a total of 138 kilometres of pistes are open from the weekend in the Matterhorn ski paradise.
During the off-peak season, the Hotel Rex changed its name to “the rex”. A new concept has also been launched, plus renovations have been carried out on the lobby, lounge bar and bedrooms. On 6 December 2019, “the rex” will present their new lounge bar. The design is based on their new concept – being an open house for both locals and visitors. “The rex” is partnering with ONA – a company that develops new gastronomy concepts – and will open a pop-up restaurant in the hotel, aimed at offering young chefs the opportunity to showcase their skill. There will also be glass walls in “the rex” offering fantastic views of the chefs as they prepare delicious meals on a fire pit right outside the restaurant.
The winners of the 20th MILESTONE prize have been announced - the start-up Bonfire came out ahead of the Arosa Bear Sanctuary and the Glacier Express “Excellence Class” in the “Innovation” category. The “MILESTONE Premiere” goes to PrivateDeal. Jonas Gass, Co-Director of the Hotel Nomad, wins in the “Future Leaders” category, while Hanna Rychener Kistler wins the “Lifetime” award.Details
Passengers on the Glacier Express have been able to enjoy its new Excellence Class since 2019, with 4,855 experiencing the new product by the end of the summer. This translates as an occupancy rate of 55 percent – a result no one had expected. The pull of the new premium class has been accompanied by an increase in demand for the other two classes, with a complete facelift of both first and second class still to come.Details
In November, a new Igloo Village will be created in Zermatt at Rotenboden with a restaurant, outdoor bar, overnight accommodations, Whirlpool and the best view of the Matterhorn. This year, it will be exotic: ice artists will create a snow palace featuring animals of the underwater world out of snow and ice.Details
Skiers can now use the Furggsattel glacier lift to access up to 23 km of pistes in the Matterhorn ski paradise. More perfectly groomed pistes will be gradually added until all 360 km of pistes in the ski area are open by 30 November 2019.
Hotel National has been undergoing refurbishments since the end of September and will re-open on 6 December 2019 with a new wellness area, new bedrooms and a new roof. The 360-square metre wellness and spa area will have a new swimming pool, fitness centre, children’s pool, new treatment rooms and a new wellness zone. The whole of the fourth floor is also being completely renovated, with all the suites, family rooms and double rooms on this floor getting a brand new look.
Following on from the success of its inaugural event, Zurich–Zermatt will also take place in 2020 and 2021. The event is being brought forward by a month but will still take place in conjunction with the Traillove Mountain Bike Festival.Details
The Stoked Kids Club is now located in Schweigmatten, right outside Restaurant Alm. It's a child-friendly area for the snow sports school, enabling them to help children make rapid progress on a safe, easily accessible site using a conveyor belt as well as the latest learning and teaching aids. Parents can watch their children from the road or from the restaurant terrace. It’s only a ten-minute gondola ride from the Matterhorn glacier paradise valley station to the children’s area. All Stoked children's groups will continue to meet at 08:50 hrs at the valley station.
At the end of November 2019, ‘Zermatt Selection’ will open its doors. The shop at Bahnhofstrasse 7b will be run by Zermatt artist Heinz Julen and will also include an exhibition that can be accessed even when the shop is closed. Works of art will be displayed behind glass and can also be seen at the ‘Kunsträume Zermatt’ art gallery, helping the artists to display their work in prominent locations. The main exhibition is still open in the Vernissage. In the Bahnhofstrasse exhibition, products will include chairs and tables from Heinz Julen Design, accessories from Restaurant Chez Vrony and exhibition pieces from other artists. The shop will be open all day, 365 days a year, and will sell pictures, lamps and clothing items designed by Heinz Julen. His aim is to provide high-quality products with a link to Zermatt – beautiful souvenirs with a genuine Zermatt history. The building will also be a cultural meeting point. The shop will replace the current Heinz Julen shop on Hofmattstrasse.
Gault-Millau has selected the 870 best restaurants in Switzerland for 2020. The results for Zermatt can be marveled at: 17 Zermatt restaurants were awarded points – with 17 for the best.Details
This winter, the Zermatt Matterhorn Brauerei will open its new event and tasting room, where guests can try a wide variety of beers from around the world. These include speciality beers made in-house - the popular classics, ‘Matterhorn’ and ‘Monte Rosa’ as well as seasonal specialities. A range of beer-themed events will make the new tasting room a great place to socialise. Opening times are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 16:00 to 22:00 hrs.
It's one of the most popular places in the village for Matterhorn photos – the Kirchbrücke bridge. Over the summer months in 2019, a new viewing platform has been built, offering more space so that guests and traffic can pass each other more easily. There is also a new lift from Uferweg up to the viewing platform.
The Hotel Carina has a sparkling new look for the 2019/2020 winter season. It will be a chic, reasonably-priced hotel with a warm atmosphere and high-quality materials, offering a choice of rooms from doubles to dormitories. There will be no reception or concierge, instead the hotel concept invites guests to participate, including self check-in and self check-out as well as an honesty bar where guests can make their own drinks. The small but dedicated team is never far away and are always happy to help.
In October 2019, "Atelier-Eigenwerk" will open in Täsch. Owner Fränzi Tscherrig will run painting courses for children and adults, where you can learn about the creative techniques behind abstract painting. There will be day and weekly courses, private lessons can be booked in advance and there will also be an open painting workshop.
At the Annual General Meeting of 27 September 2019, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG was able to look back on the best financial year in the history of the company. Thanks to a highly successful summer in 2018 and an optimum 2018/19 winter season, the record sales of the previous year increased by a further 9.3% to reach CHF 76 million in the 2018/19 financial year, with EBITDA at CHF 39.6 million (up 14.4% year on year at 52% of sales) and operational cash flow at CHF 35.6 million (46.8% of sales, up 16% on the previous year). Benchmarked against the most important indicators, Zermatt Bergbahnen ranks among the very best performers in the whole sector.Details
A new restaurant, ‘apas TAPAS’, will open its doors in Hotel Sonne on 30 November 2019. The menu will feature ‘Tapas around the world', including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Thai tapas. The restaurant will be ideal for anyone looking to try something new. It will seat approximately 40 people and will be open daily between 18:00 and 21:30 hrs until 26 April 2020.
In December 2019, ‘Puralpina’ will open a new store on Kirchplatz in Zermatt – on Metzggasse 2 where the ‘Wilde Hilde’ takeaway used to be. The company makes natural products in Switzerland containing no preservatives, fragrances or colourants. One of their bestsellers is their handmade Marmot Oil Herbal Cream for use on backs, muscles and joints. The range includes Alpine beauty products for hands, feet and lips and high-quality local and Swiss accessories.
In autumn 2019, the Parkhotel Beau Site will be extensively renovating and updating its reception area, lobby, bar and restaurants. From the end of November 2019, guests will be able to experience the new look and three new concepts: the highlight of the Grill Restaurant will be the delicious cuts of meat from the wood fire grill, and a selection of fish, seafood and vegetables will also be available; the Gornergratsaal will feature a renovated restaurant area with a buffet and show kitchen, serving breakfast in the morning and different buffets in the evening including meat, fish and vegetarian delicacies and the third concept will be a new ‘shop-in-shop’ vinothek with expertly chosen wines that you can taste or buy in store.
The Traillove Festival took place last week in Zermatt. It celebrated the MTB culture and highlighted Zermatt as a mountain biking destination.Details
There has been a lot of talk in the media about the British repatriation project, "Operation Matterhorn". There is no connection with the Zermatt – Matterhorn destination.Details
The opening of the world’s highest 3S cableway to the Matterhorn glacier paradise in the autumn of 2018 was just the first stage in the realization of a much more far-reaching vision: the creation of a continuous cableway connection between Zermatt and Italy – the so-called "Alpine Crossing". This crossing will be made possible by the addition of another structurally similar 3S cableway (tri-cable gondola lift) between Testa Grigia and the Matterhorn glacier paradise. The first visitors should be able to make the highest crossing of the Alps in summer 2022.
During October and November 2019, the Hotel Alex will be refurbishing the Alex Lounge Bar, the breakfast room and the wellness centre. The Alex Lounge Bar and reception area will be completely renovated, including laying of new floors, new bar furniture and remodelling of the walls. The breakfast room will be furnished with new upholstered chairs, leather armchairs and settees. In the wellness area. Hotel Alex is renovating the saunas, quiet areas, steam baths and multi-sensory showers. The range of wellness services comprises: massages and beauty treatments, Finnish sauna for men and women, with separate quiet areas, steam baths and multi-sensory showers, a modern exercise studio, a squash court and an indoor tennis court, as well as Zermatt’s first swimming pool with a family jacuzzi.
Hotel Antares in Zermatt will be managed by the Hamburg hotel group Bikini Island & Mountain Hotels. Renovations and extension work are planned for 2020.Details
On 19 September 2019, the eight projects nominated for Milestone, the renowned Swiss tourism award, were announced: three of them are from Zermatt.Details
After being closed for two summer seasons due to landslips, at last the Blauherd-Rothorn cable car will open again on schedule for the start of the winter season. All the repairs and construction work to the pillars have been carried out successfully. Safe operation of the cable car is therefore assured winter and summer alike.
In December 2019 the "Zer Mama Bistro", which will welcome hungry and thirsty guests from 07:00 to 22:00, will open on the ground floor of the new Hotel Mama. The Zer Mama Bistro offers “glocal food”, in other words global specialities from local produce. A generous brunch will be available in the morning, coffee and snacks will be on the menu throughout the day, and dinner will be served in the evening. The sun terrace is a pleasant after-ski locale, for après-ski without the hullabaloo.
The Hotel Admiral is currently being transformed into the Hotel Mama Zermatt, incorporating 29 new rooms, which will open in December 2019. Exactly like the Hotel Admiral, the new hotel has a co-working space, managed by PuraWorka. The "Zer Mama Bistro", which will welcome the new Hotel Mama’s guests on the ground floor, will also open in December.
This season, winter sports enthusiasts young and old can look forward to a fun, action-packed new descent. A funslope has been created in Snowpark Zermatt which has lots to offer both novice and advanced skiers. It is possible to ride on tunnels, hills, little jumps, massive banked curves and all kinds of obstacles on this creative course.
On 1 December 2019, the Hotel Elite, which was constructed in 1962, will reopen after comprehensive renovations to the rooms, restaurant, reception, wellness area and garden terrace. Local materials have been used as much as possible during the work. The 3-star hotel’s five floors have been renamed with the names of stops on the Gornergrat Bahn because the hotel’s founder previously worked for the railway.
From the 2019/20 winter season, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG will be offering its visitors a new, flexible ski pass - the Flex season pass. With this ski pass you can use the Matterhorn ski paradise five times during the winter season. The season pass, and all other Flex products, are available online.
In December 2019, a new hotel will be opening its doors at Spissstrasse 44 in Zermatt, to be known as "Naco Aparthotel, by Arca". It will offer a rooftop suite, two junior rooftop suites, eight two-room apartments and 17 studios. The aparthotel is owned by the Hotel and Solebad Arca, which is immediately adjacent. Guests can also use the Hotel und Solebad Arca’s spa, with saline spa, sauna and steam bath. This spa area will be expanded by the start of the winter.
In summer 2020 the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort will alter the main building and build an additional chalet below the present chalet five. This means Cervo will remain closed throughout summer 2020. The Ferdinand Pop-up Hotel will open, however, so that visitors can still spend their summer holidays in Cervo.
From 19 December 2019, for the first time it will be possible to toboggan down the Alps’ highest toboggan run - from Rotenboden to Riffelberg - on a Snooc. The Snooc is the latest generation of toboggan, where you sit on one ski. The product has a lightweight construction and is easy to use. The ski on the snow ensures a good grip and the seat guarantees a comfortable position. Take the Gornergrat railway from Zermatt to Rotenboden, where the thrilling 1.5 km descent to Rifffelberg starts. Snoocs can be hired from Rotenboden station, in the same way as a conventional toboggan.
Cervo Zermatt has been running the Stazione pop-up bakery at Zermatt railway station since June 2019. It sells bread, sandwiches and baked goods. Stazione is being altered in spring 2020 and will reopen for the coming summer season with a new concept.
The post carriage was commissioned in Bahnhofplatz on Wednesday 4 September 2019. In future this will be the delivery method for parcels in Zermatt’s Bahnhofstrasse.Details
Audiences loved the dramatic open-air play, "MATTERHORN: NO LADIES PLEASE!" The event organiser has received fantastic feedback.Details
Since 28 August 2019, a virtual assistant has been sitting alongside visitor advisors in Zermatt Tourism’s ticket hall, ready to answer visitors’ questions. A trail-blazing project.Details
The "Ikon Pass" links 41 destinations on five continents. Pass holders have access to all destinations. From winter 2019/2020, Zermatt will be the first destination in Europe to be a partner. “Ikon Pass” holders will therefore have access to the Matterhorn ski paradise for seven days, "Icon Base Pass" holders for five days.
A good range from sustainable Swiss label Nikin is now available from Olmo Zermatt. The collection offers T-shirts, thermos flasks, pullovers, hats and socks. The brand is characterised by sustainable and fair fashions, with a tree being planted for every product sold. There are also new products in the collection from Freitag. The new collection, also available from Olmo, combines lorry tarpaulins with recycled PET materials.
The village of Randa and its many hamlets can look back on a long history. There is a new treasure hunt through the idyllic mountain village; it is about four kilometres long and takes around one-and-a-half hours. Clues on the treasure map help you to find the answers. There is one last puzzle waiting for you at the end of the adventure to help you find the treasure. Cost: CHF 5 for each treasure hunt and family. More treasure maps are available from the Randa tourism office.
The Silvana Mountain Hotel will be refurbishing its spa area between September and December 2019. In addition to the existing spa pool, three different saunas, multi-sensory showers, two relaxation rooms, a lounge and a massage room are being developed in several little chalets on a 200-square-metre site. It is all being constructed with natural stone tiles and mature wood, to create an Alpine atmosphere. Following the refurbishment, the hotel will be able to claim proudly to be the closest spa to the Matterhorn. The Silvana Mountain Spa will be accessible to the public, by request, from 5 December 2019.
Zermatt will das Matterhorn nicht sperren. Der Zauberer Lionel Dellberg schlägt daher vor: Das Matterhorn muss ganz weg.Details
In Zermatt, you can now go fat biking at night. The fat bike ride takes around two-and-a-half hours riding on snowy trails in the dark. Bright lights on the bike enable you to ride safely. This is the only place in Switzerland to offer this type of fat biking. You cycle gradually uphill before speeding back down to Zermatt. The ride is available on a set day from December to the middle of March, and may be available daily on request. Costing CHF 120 per person for more than three people, it includes all equipment.
For ten years, researchers from ETH Zurich have been collecting data from the Hörnligrat ridge on the Matterhorn. Their network of sensors has allowed rock falls to be more accurately predicted.Details
On 19 August 2019, experienced Marketing Director Beat Wälti, who has previously worked at Luzern Tourismus, Pilatus Bahnen and the SGV (Lake Lucerne Navigation), will become the new CEO of Zermatters, the outdoor services company.Details
On Sunday 11 August 2019, a memorial was erected for the incredible mountain climbers Lucy Walker and Meta Brevoort: there are now bronze markers bearing their names on the Zermatt Walk of Climb.Details
To promote the Zermatt Shepherd’s Festival 2019, Zermatt Tourismus has produced six videos. Comedian and moderator Stéphanie Berger is one of the presenters.Details
A première with a breathtaking backdrop, a moving and emotional story and a delighted audience. The world première on 11 July 2019 of MATTERHORN: NO LADIES PLEASE! was a complete success. The play by Livia Anne Richard is being performed on Europe’s highest open air stage, at 2,600 metres above sea level, until 1 September 2019. Musical accompaniment for the Zermatt Open Air Theatre 2019 is provided by world-renowned alphorn player, Eliana Burki.Details
The European Mountain Running Championships will take place in Zermatt on Sunday 7 July 2019. Swiss Athletics has selected four Swiss teams, with four runners in each.Details
In 1871, six years after the tragic first ascent, 34-year old Lucy Walker was the first woman to reach the summit of the Matterhorn. The pop-up exhibition in the Shelter on the Gornergrat tells her story and that of adventurous alpinists from around the world who have climbed the mountain of mountains since then.Details
For the third time in a row, Zermatt's five-star hotel, The Omnia, has won an award at the World Travel Awards.Details
Preparations for the Zurich–Zermatt one-day race are going at full speed. On 5 June 2019, some of the entrants and Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara tested the route.Details
From the 17th of June until the 3rd of July, all the IGLUNA project teams will gather in Zermatt to demonstrate the results of their one-year commitment to the design of a potential and sustainable Moon habitat. The twenty student projects will be split up into two locations: in the Glacier Palace of the Matterhorn glacier paradise and at the Vernissage Art Gallery of the Backstage Hotel.Details
In time for the season opening on 28 June 2019, the Kinhütte has announced a wide range of new packages. These include guided Kin Glacier hikes where you can see wild Alpine goats, voluntary work such as chopping wood, drying crockery and baking cakes, yoga and a relaxation programme with a massage. At 2,584 metres above sea level and surrounded by four-thousanders in the Mischabel group, the hut prioritises sustainability and takes waste reduction, food recycling and the use of local products very seriously. Eating together round a table provides companionship and sociable conversation for sole travellers.
The continuation of the SAC Monte Rosa Hut has been secured. The Rubin family had to stop managing the hut for health reasons, but Richard Lehner (Zermatt mountain guide) and Kilian Emmenegger (Zermatt ski instructor) have been confirmed as the new managers. They both bring a wealth of experience with them, as they used to manage the Gandegghütte. They will start their new role in summer 2019.
From 30 June 2019, the Hotel Hemizeus will be renovating one of their apartments and several of the bedrooms. Out of the 32 rooms, 8 will undergo a complete redesign, and two bedrooms will be combined to create a suite. Out of the 9 apartments, 1 will be renovated, plus a new bathroom will be fitted.
Roman Codina is the new director of the Parkhotel Beau Site. Originally from Schaffhausen, he has many years of hotel management experience from working in a wide range of hotels. Codina replaces Franz Schwegler-Dossetto, who has been the director of Beau Site for 24 years. A series of building renovations, refurbishments and alterations were carried out under his leadership. He is now retiring.
In Zermatt, you can now go fat biking at night. The three-hour fatbike tour takes you over snowy paths in the darkness. Bright lights on the bike enable you to ride safely, cycling steadily uphill before speeding back down to Zermatt. This is the only place in Switzerland to offer this type of fat biking. The tour is available every Thursday from December to the middle of March, and may be available daily on request. Costing CHF 120 per person for more than three people, it includes all equipment.
The friendly Hotel Bella Vista in Zermatt is renovating 5 of its 21 bedrooms. These include a suite, which will be given a whole new look, two double rooms and a single room. Walls will be moved, existing windows enlarged and new windows and bathrooms installed. The work is scheduled to be completed in time for summer 2019.
From 1 May 2019, JuMa Gastro will take over Elsie’s Bar. There will be some small aesthetic changes and a new menu. Elsie’s Bar will now be a wine and champagne bar with speciality fin-ger food such as oysters. The theme of the bar will remain the Belle Époque. It will re-open on 1 June.
The InfoCube on Trockener Steg, which has been documenting the Matterhorn glacier ride construction work, has now been updated. From the end of summer 2019, it will display information on the forthcoming Alpine Crossing project. Alpine Crossing will make it possible to cross the Alps by cable car (from Cervinia via Klein Matterhorn to Zermatt). Until summer 2021, LEITNER ropeways will be constructing a 3S cable car from Klein Matterhorn to Testa Grigia. More details on the project can be found in the "Coming Soon" section.
The restaurant Ferdinand in the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort is now open in summer too, from Thursday to Saturday from mid-July to mid-August, in the garden next to the Cervo Puro terrace – known as Ferdinand Garden. The Ferdinand is also open for events. Four movie nights are planned on the Ferdinand Terrace in July and August. A new Raclette Evening is also being launched on Tuesdays at Cervo Puro from the end of June until mid July and from mid August until mid October – with only raclette on the menu!
The new L’Atelier Grandsire restaurant opened in December 2018. Guests have been enjoying lunchtime and evening meals in a cosy French atmosphere. The restaurant also offers home-made patisseries and a wine store on the lower-ground floor. Janine Tschümperlin and Yannik Robert Jacques Grandsire are the people behind this new res-taurant. Grandsire previously worked as a patissier in Hotel Mirabeau and is originally from France. His partner is Swiss and they run the restaurant together.
Tradition Julen has new apartments and studios available to rent. The “Downtown” apartment, which sleeps four to seven people, is available to book now. Located at Getwingstrasse 12 in the heart of Zermatt, it has accommodation on three floors, all with lift access. The balcony offers views of the Matterhorn. Free use of the spa facilities in the Romantik Hotel Julen and Hotel Alpenhof is included in the price. Breakfast, half board and daily cleaning options can also be added on request.
The Silvana Mountain Spa in the Silvana Mountain Hotel is being extended in time for the 2019/2020 winter season. The plan includes the creation of an Alpine sauna landscape with lounge (pine sauna, herbal steam room, Swiss chalet / vitarium), a multi-sensory shower and a massage facility. The spa is open to non-residents.
Hotel Admiral will remain open until 30 April 2019. After that, it will be fully renovated both inside and out. The hotel will re-open for the 2019/2020 winter season under the new name of Hotel Mama, with 29 rooms (four more than before). It will continue to be a three-star superior hotel and will be managed by JuMA Ho-tel AG. Hotel Mama will also have a co-working space managed together with PuraWorka.
During the winter season, only groups of more than ten people were able to use the new Matterhorn glacier ride Crystal Ride cabins, but they will be open to all in summer 2019. These special cabins are studded with Swarovski crystals and also have a glass floor that changes from milkywhite to clear three minutes into the journey. This allows you to look 170 metres down through the glass floor and admire the imposing glacial landscape. A new sound system will enhance the spinetingling atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
The biking paradise of Zermatt has lots of news to announce, including eight new bike trails to add to the existing thirteen, some of which have also been changed slightly. This means bikers can now indulge their cycling passion on 220 km of trails, which have new signposts at the trail intersections (e.g. Riffelalp). From summer 2019, the 21 bike trails will be divided into the following three categories: Flow trails (2), Enduro routes (6) and tour routes (13). The difference is that flow trails and Enduro routes go mainly downhill, unlike tour routes. Enduro routes are also natural, whereas flow trails are man-made.
Zermatt has never had as many Michelin stars as it does in 2019; the Matterhorn village now has five stars, two more than last year. The Omnia and the Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni have both been awarded one star. The After Seven retained its two stars and the Ristorante Capri still has one star.
As of 30 April 2019, Bäckerei Pius Fuchs AG will take over the production and some of the staff of Bäckerei Biner, which is closing as a new manager could not be found. However, customers won't need to go without their favourite Biner products, as the Fuchs range will be expanded to include some Bäckerei Biner specialities. The acquisition benefits both parties; Bäckerei Biner couldn't find a new manager and Bäckerei Fuchs was looking for a larger bakehouse.
The artist Branko Šmon is on a mission to raise awareness of the worldwide production of plastics and its effects on the environment. He is portraying the global plastic stock of seven billion tonnes in comparison to the volume of the Matterhorn. If the worldwide plastic stock existed in granulate form, it would have a volume of 14 km3. Using frames set up by the artist at various vantage points in Zermatt, he will show how much of the Matterhorn could be filled with granulate, visualising the spatial dimensions of the plastic stock for the observer. The project will be launched with an event on 19 July 2019. Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard, who circumnavigated the world in a solar plane from 2015 to 2016, has taken over the sponsorship of "Earth Plastic View".
The VIP Gondola, where you can sip champagne on leather seats while floating gently above the ground, has undergone a redesign. After spending several years transporting guests from near and far between Zermatt and Trockener Steg, the time came for a new look. The details, however, will be kept under wraps until summer 2019.
The catering service of the Glacier Express, Panoramic Gourmet AG, is launching a new culinary concept in the spring of 2019. This consists of various regional delicacies such as: an Alpine platter (Älplerteller) with Salzis (dry cured sausage) and Graubünden mountain cheese, traditional Valais rarebit soaked in white wine, oven-baked Graubünden capuns (chard roulades) with a little cheese on top, or, one of the classics, mince with macaroni and apple sauce. The offer is rounded off with regional wines. The aim is for guests to experience the culinary diversity of the regions they travel through on their plates.
The Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort is opening a pop-up bakery in mid-June, near Zermatt railway station in the former Biner bakery store. Alongside fresh bread, it will also sell pastries and home-made sandwiches, plus a selection of Cervo souvenirs. Guests can also check in to the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort in the pop-up bakery. The store will be renovated in autumn and a new concept launched for the 2019/2020 winter season.
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.
The artist Branko Šmon is on a mission to raise awareness of the worldwide production of plastics and its effects on the environment. He is portraying the global plastic stock of seven billion tonnes in comparison to the volume of the Matterhorn. If the worldwide plastic stock existed in granulate form, it would have a volume of 14 km3. Using frames set up by the artist at various vantage points in Zermatt, he will show how much of the Matterhorn could be filled with granulate, visualising the spatial dimensions of the plastic stock for the observer. The project will be launched with an event on 19 July 2019. Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard, who circumnavigated the world in a solar plane from 2015 to 2016, has taken over the sponsorship of "Earth Plastic View".
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?
From 1 June 2019, the Forest Fun Park offers the fun, active Moon Trees game. In this game, teams need to work together to become Moon Trees heroes. Each player does what they’re best at. So a climber climbs, a runner runs and a clever person thinks. This outdoor teambuilding is ideal for companies, families and other groups.
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.
There will be a new photo scavenger hunt in summer 2019. If you would like to take part, you can register online. You will see ten different images on your smartphone, in the wrong order. During the hike you need to find and sort the objects in the images. There are two routes: one goes along the Matterhorn Trail from Schwarzsee to Zermatt, the other goes from Sunnegga via Findeln to Zermatt. If you succeed in putting the images into the correct order, you will receive a winner’s certificate and automatically be entered into the main prize draw.
In December 2018, Zermatt Tourismus and Zermatt Bergbahnen AG launched the Matterhorn app, with a wide range of features. These include a news feed, webcams, an events calendar, a live piste map, weather info and a ticket shop with a 5% discount on all tickets for guests. There is also a map with a filter function showing the closest restaurants, shops and other facilities. Other functions such as online restaurant reservations in the destination are being planned.
The Kirchbrücke is the perfect place from which to take a photo of the Matterhorn. This viewing point is now being widened to make it easier for guests and traffic to accommodate each other. A lift will also be installed in addition to the stairs. The new, wider bridge is scheduled to open on 7 September 2019. Due to the construction work, the photo point will not be accessible during summer 2019. There are alternative viewing points on the community centre terrace, on Riedweg and at Zen Stecken.
Set to become the operator of the existing water ski lift at Schalisee lake in Täsch from June 2019, the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort is launching a new "Schali Lago" leisure and gastronomy offering. The cuisine at Schalisee lake is receiving a make-over, Cervo-style: the famous CERVO fries with truffle oil and Parmesan – not to mention salads, drinks and music – await visitors to accompany the wakeboarding and water skiing.
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.
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.
From summer 2019, Täsch will have a new bike trail. The newly marked trail starts from the village of Täsch and leads along the banks of the Matter Vispa around the Schalisee. The 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.
Since the new Matterhorn glacier ride (the highest 3S cable car in the world) was opened in autumn 2018, the peak of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is even more accessible. The Klein Matterhorn can now be reached 365 days a year. When the Matterhorn glacier ride is being serviced (3-19 June 2019), the aerial tramway will be in operation.
Daniel F. Lauber from the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort is the new President of the Zermatt Hoteliers’ Association. He succeeds Corinne Julen from Europe Hotel & Spa and the focus of his year in office will be the topic of sustainability.Details
Would it be possible to live on the moon? Twenty teams of European students have been considering this question as part of the Igluna Project. Igluna’s field research will take place from 17 June – 3 July 2019 in the Glacier Palace on the Klein Matterhorn.Details
As part of the project "Matterhorn: Ladies please!" Zermatt Tourism looked for four women to climb the Matterhorn and share their experiences with the world on social media. Over 150 creative application videos were received - and the four participants have been selected.Details
The "Matterhorn European Chinese Ski and Snowboard Competition" is the first ski race to be held in Zermatt exclusively for Chinese participants. A local will lead the way: Valais ski racer, Olympic medallist and world champion Ramon Zenhäusern will test the race route and present the awards.Details
The four participants for the "Matterhorn: Ladies please!" project have been chosen. They will all show the world via their social media channels what it is like to climb the Matterhorn.Details
From 18-22 September 2019, Zermatt will celebrate its love of biking with the second year of the Traillove Alpine Mountain Bike Festival. Featuring the final stage of the Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Championship and the Chasing Cancellara Zurich-Zermatt bike race, the festival will offer two top-quality events. This year will also include a very special biking adventure – the "Traillove Derby".Details
The Glacier Express is launching a new premium product: Excellence Class. Lounge chairs provide superb comfort and a concierge caters to the needs of passengers.Details
The submission in the summer of 2018 of the project to construct a cableway link via a 3S cableway made by LEITNER ropeways between the stations at Testa Grigia and Matterhorn glacier paradise (Klein Matterhorn) generated intensive discussions between Zermatt Bergbahnen AG (ZBAG) and the complainant, the Swiss Foundation for Landscape Conservation (Stiftung Landschaftsschutz Schweiz, or SL). With both sides offering constructive proposals, an agreement has been reached and work can now start on the realization of an "Alpine Crossing" between Zermatt and Cervinia (Italy).Details
Alexander Seiler was a pioneer in the hotel industry who made a huge impact on Zermatt. February 21 marks the 200th anniversary of his birth.Details
Snow-Online has once again selected the crème de la crème of winter sports – the ten best ski resorts in the world for the 2018/2019 winter season. The experts looked at over 250 ski resorts and tested them in ten categories. The outcome: Zermatt wins the title.Details
The 18th European Mountain Running Championships are set to be held at the foot of the Matterhorn in 2019. "Swiss Athletics", the Swiss Athletics Association, and the organisers of the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon are preparing intensively, but also with great pride and commitment, for this highlight in partnership with European Athletics, the continental association.Details
The Swiss Tourism Federation has recognised the family-friendly achievements of the Matterhorn destination, awarding it the "Family Destination" quality label for 2019-2021.Details
The Stafelalp mountain restaurant above Zermatt, with views of the north face of the Matterhorn, will re-open on 22 December 2018. Following the fire in April this year, owner Sarah Schwarzenbach and her team are looking forward to a new beginning.Details
Advance tickets for the première of Livia Anne Richard's play MATTERHORN: NO LADIES PLEASE! are now on sale. Zermatt open-air theatre’s third production has its opening night on 11 July 2019 on the Riffelberg above Zermatt. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by the internationally renowned Alpine horn player, Eliana Burki.Details
The Zermatt ski region has been awarded first place nationally and second place internationally in the poll for "Best Ski Resort 2018". 46,000 winter sports enthusiasts were surveyed over winter 2017/18 in 55 ski regions across five countries, making the "Best Ski Resort" the largest customer satisfaction study in the Alps.Details
In November 2018, a new Igloo Village will be created in Zermatt at Rotenboden with a restaurant, outdoor bar, overnight accommodations, Whirlpool and the best view of the Matterhorn. This year, it will be adventurous: ice artists will create a snow palace featuring wild animals out of snow and ice.Details
As part of his international race series Chasing Cancellara, Fabian Cancellara launches the Ultrafondo "Zurich–Zermatt". With 290 kilometers and 7’000 meters of climbing, this race is sure to be Switzerland’s toughest one day race in cycling.Details
From 25 October to 12 January, Zermatt will have a pop-up Stübli restaurant in the federal capital, on the terrace of the Globus store in Bern. As part of the launch, there was a presentation on Wednesday of all the latest news and activities over the coming winter.Details
GaultMillau has selected the 850 best restaurants in Switzerland for 2019. The results for Zermatt can be marveled at: 17 Zermatt restaurants were among them, with the best awarded 17 points.Details
In time for the start of winter, the Zermatt pop and folk bank Wintershome has released a video clip of their new song, "White Lines", acting as ambassadors for the new Zermatt ski season.Details
After around two-and-a-half years’ construction work, the "Matterhorn glacier ride" – the world’s highest 3S cableway – has finally opened as planned, and Zermatt has gained a new attraction. From the beginning of the 2018/19 winter season, passengers will be able to use the new cableway to reach the Klein Matterhorn.Details
At its Annual General Meeting convened on Trockener Steg on 29 September 2018, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG is able to report another gratifying result and confirm last year’s record performance. Sales in fiscal 2017/18 totalled CHF 69.6 million, EBITDA reached CHF 34.6 million (49.7%) and operating cash flow CHF 30.7 million (44.1%). Once again, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG ranks number one for all key figures in a benchmark comparison.Details
From 11 July to 1 September 2019, the Zermatt Open Air Theatre will be showing its first comedy on the Riffelberg – MATTERHORN: NO LADIES PLEASE! As in 2015 and 2017, the Bernese playwright and director Livia Anne Richard will script and direct the performance.Details
Record on the Matterhorn: Zermatter Andreas Steindl and Italian Francois Cazzanelli succeeded in climbing all four ridges of the Matterhorn in 16 hours and 4 minutes. They were the first to do this since Hans Kammerlander (ITA) and Diego Wellig (CH), who achieved the same feat in 1992 in 23.5 hours.Details
At the beginning of the 2018/19 winter season, the world’s highest 3S cableway will start taking passengers to the Klein Matterhorn near Zermatt. The "Matterhorn glacier ride" is an unrivalled combination of technology, design and ride comfort. The four "Crystal ride" cabins are a highlight of the ultramodern cableway. The journey itself is exhilarating, but the cabins add to the thrills with an amazing view of the ground far below.Details
The Valais mountain guide and alpinist Andreas Steindl has set a new record on the Matterhorn. It took him 3 hours, 59 minutes and 52 seconds to climb from Kirchplatz in Zermatt to the summit of the Matterhorn and back.Details
After three years of planning and construction, the Sunnegga-Trail will open in Zermatt on 16 September 2018, setting new records for both its overall length and flow quality.Details
‘Taste of Zermatt’ is the new umbrella brand that brings together new and existing culinary events taking place in Zermatt. The brand was launched at the Kitchen Party that took place on Friday 17 August 2018.Details
Learn from professional skiers how to develop mental strength? Find out close up about global warming by observing changes in the Alpine landscape and glaciers? Think about how to solve food waste problems? You can do all this at Zermatt Impulse.Details
The time has come on 29 September 2018: the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG opens the new 3S Cableway from Trockener Steg to the Klein Matterhorn.Details
The 2017 / 2018 winter season in Zermatt – Matterhorn saw a significant increase in accommodation bookings, huge snowfalls in January and a long season.Details
Since the Chalet Hotel Schönegg has met a number of admission criteria, it belongs to the prestigious Relais & Châteaux association.Details
From 7 March to 5 June 2018, a meal from the Zermatt Chez Vrony and Findlerhof restaurants will be served on Swiss flights. Each dish was selected as part of the 15th anniversary of the airline’s Swiss Taste of Switzerland.Details
Zermatt hotels have been rated very highly in the 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards. In three of the nine total categories in Switzerland, Zermatt hotels are standing on the podium holding gold medals.Details
Holders of a season or annual pass for the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG do not only enjoy the pistes at the highest ski area in Europe but they also can ski at a reduced price in the Jungfrau Ski Region, in California’s Squaw Valley Resort and in the New Zealand ski resort, Mt. Ruapehu.Details
The Handelszeitung has crowned the best winter sports resorts. Zermatt was once again awarded the gold medal.Details
In November 2017, a new Igloo Village will be created in Zermatt at Rotenboden with a restaurant, outdoor bar, overnight accommodations, Whirlpool and the best view of the Matterhorn. This year, it will be mystical: ice artists create a snow palace with fortresses, castles and god-like formations.Details
At the Skiarea Test the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge was awarded gold in the categories "Idea and Implementation" and "Technical Product Development".Details
On 30 September 2017, the 24th World Travel Awards were presented in St. Petersburg. Among the winners is also the Zermatt hotel, The Omnia.Details
GaultMillau has selected the 800 best restaurants in Switzerland for 2018. The results for Zermatt can be marveled at: 18 Zermatt restaurants were awarded points – with 17 for the best.Details
In the 2016/17 business year, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG generated an all-time record result, with sales of CHF 69.6 million and a cash flow of CHF 30.3 million. The company saw an increase in revenue both from year-round excursion tourism (+8.3%) and winter sports (+3.5%).Details
The Zermatt Festival & Academy enchants Zermatt once again with classical music from 8 to 17 September 2017. This time, the Festival also goes to the Monte Rosa hut (2,883 m), where "In Sturm und Eis", the mountain film by Arnold Fanck with music by Paul Hindemith will be shown.Details
Thrills above the precipice. That is the experience – pure adventure – on the new suspension bridge for walkers near Randa. It is the connection between Grächen and Zermatt along the Europaweg at a dizzying height. The two-day tour offers views and distant a background with the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and the Bernese Alps. The bridge is open from Saturday, 29 July, at 11 am.Details
Zermatt - Matterhorn is going live once again on the social media channels Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It will be live non-stop for 24 hours from noon on 21st July to noon on 22nd July. The global social media community will be part of this production.Details
Zermatt is a paradise for climbers. But it does not always have to be the north face of a four thousand-metre peak. The traditional climbing routes have been cleared and cleaned on the Riffelhorn in the Gornerflüe region.Details
The Europaweg between Grächen and Zermatt can be hiked again without a detour this summer. The construction work on a new suspension bridge above Randa will be inaugurated on Saturday, 29th July 2017.Details
The Hörnligrat on the Matterhorn is the route most taken by Alpinists, who want to reach the summit. The Solvay Bivouac has been available for climbers in distress since 1917. The little hut at 4,003 m turns 100 years old on 8 August 2017. A retrospective.Details
The bells ring once again at Riffelalp. A group of interested people has founded a new Alp corporation. Now 25 cows and 7 calves graze on the alpine meadows at Riffelalp. Those initiating this effort want to uphold the Valais alp culture in Zermatt.Details
The Täsch mountain guide and expedition leader Klaus Tscherrig stood atop the summit of Mount Everest (8,820 m) with Sherpa and two of his long-time guests on 27 May 2017. This means that he had completed the "Seven Summits".Details
Knowing more means living more. This also holds true for one’s knowledge about flowers along the side of a hiking path. The Flower app from Pro Natura Aargau has been available for downloading for a few days now. The app explains the exciting flora in the surrounding area – in Zermatt and throughout all of Switzerland.Details
Hotel rankings were published in both the 2016-2017 edition of Karl Wild’s book "Die 150 besten Hotels der Schweiz" (best hotels) and the SonntagsZeitung. The lists include 11 Zermatt hotels prominently represented once again. With "Prix Bienvenu" Switzerland Tourisme has also awarded the 100 most friendly Swiss hotels.Details
The Gault Millau chef de cuisine Heinz Rufibach is now in charge of the fine dining Restaurant Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni in the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. Regular guests and locals have a very good culinary memory of Rufibach. The Bern native was already chef de cuisine in the Zermatterhof from 1996 to 2002.Details
Be there, take part, share experiences – this is now possible with the Matterhorn Blog. In the blog, the locals have their say as they report about working and living in their world at the foot of the Matterhorn. Occasionally, guest authors will also have a word.Details
Helicopter round trips can be exciting. In Zermatt they are simply spectacular. The helicopter pilot and mountain guide, Simon Anthamatten, flies around the Matterhorn in 360° mode for the video community.Details
Zermatt is in 1st Place. The rating platform TripAdvisor has published the winners of the Travellers’ Choice Awards with Zermatt as the absolute head of the pack. The ratings, experience reports and opinions on TripAdvisor make it clear that Zermatt is the “place to be” in Switzerland.Details
The Zermatt ski region offers its guests a great benefit with its digital offering. This is the conclusion reached in a study by Atos. The Matterhorn ski paradise was ranked first in front of 13 other ski resorts in Switzerland and Austria.Details
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