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Zurich-Zermatt end of August 2020

15/10/2019

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.

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Cow fighting comes to Zermatt in summer 2020

02/10/2019

On 19 July 2020, the traditional Valais annual cow fighting festival will take place in Zermatt for the second time. Around 100 Eringer cows will fight for the title of ‘Reine du Cervin’.

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"Traillove" Bike Festival in Zermatt was a success

23/09/2019

The Traillove Festival took place last week in Zermatt. It celebrated the MTB culture and highlighted Zermatt as a mountain biking destination.

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More than 12,500 people visited this year’s Zermatt Open Air Theatre

02/09/2019

Audiences loved the dramatic open-air play, "MATTERHORN: NO LADIES PLEASE!" The event organiser has received fantastic feedback.

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Remembering the first women to climb the Matterhorn

12/08/2019

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.

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Zermatt Tourismus launches web series with Stéphanie Berger

02/08/2019

To promote the Zermatt Shepherd’s Festival 2019, Zermatt Tourismus has produced six videos. Comedian and moderator Stéphanie Berger is one of the presenters.

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Zermatt-Zmutt Culture Trail opened

29/07/2019

The Zermatt-Zmutt Culture Trail was opened on Saturday 27 July 2019. Follow the trail and see what farming life was like 100 years ago.

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Women smash Matterhorn ascent

19/07/2019

As part of the "Matterhorn: Ladies please" project, four women have been training intensively over the last few months to climb the Matterhorn. On Friday 19 July, 2019, they were all successful.

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Incredible women at 2,600 metres above sea level

12/07/2019

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.

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Four Swiss teams will be in the European Mountain Running Championships

24/06/2019

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.

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Successful test run for Chasing Cancellara Zurich-Zermatt

07/06/2019

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.

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Zermatt open air theatre

01/05/2019

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

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European mountain running chamionships

01/05/2019

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.

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Shepherd's festival and wolli's birthday

01/05/2019

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

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The Enduro World Series is coming to Zermatt

01/05/2019

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

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Matterhorn Ultraks – new race

01/05/2019

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

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Musical entertainment on the Riffelberg

01/05/2019

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

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Road bike race: Zürich-Zermatt

01/05/2019

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

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Traillove Derby

01/05/2019

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

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Matterhorn: Ladies Please!

01/05/2019

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.

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A Successful Edition of the 12th Zermatt Unplugged

14/04/2019

Acoustic music, culinary delights and exciting discoveries: Zermatt Unplugged provided enjoyable moments in the midst of the unique mountain landscape of Zermatt for five days. The 12th edition captivated more than 30,000 visitors and was a great success from the point of view of the organizers.

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Four women report on their ascent of the Matterhorn

28/03/2019

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.

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First Chinese ski race in Zermatt

26/03/2019

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.

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Participants named for "Matterhorn: Ladies please!"

25/03/2019

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.

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Traillove Zermatt launches new mountain bike format

18/03/2019

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".

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Newcomer Acts and new Blues Club at Zermatt Unplugged

29/01/2019

Discoveries have always been a part of the acoustic music festival Zermatt Unplugged, like the Matterhorn to Zermatt. The multitude of newcomer acts and new formats at the festival ensure this. The Taste Village offers culinary discoveries with its varied food offerings, and those who have not yet satisfied the hunger for music after the live concerts will find the right sound for dancing at the after parties.

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European Mountain Running Championships 2019 are coming to Zermatt

17/01/2019

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.

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Matterhorn Ultraks – a new race

19/12/2018

The Matterhorn Ultraks is now part of the exclusive Supersky Races thanks to its new Extreme Race.

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Further Names for Zermatt Unplugged 2019

12/12/2018

Newly confirmed for Zermatt Unplugged 2019 are Boy George & Culture Club and James Bay in the Marquee Stage; Tom Odell, Michael Kiwanuka, Jacob Banks and Milow at The Alex; Tom Rosenthal and Alex Clare at the Sunnegga Sessions; and Charlie Cunningham, L'aupaire, Hugo Barriol, Jack and the Weatherman, and Isaac Gracie at the Vernissage. This completes the programme on the main stages.

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Zermatt celebrates the start of winter

21/11/2018

On Saturday 24 November 2018, the Winter Opening Weeks start in Zermatt. They include a full programme of events in the village and on the mountain, as well as 167 kilometres of open pistes.

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Advance ticket sales for MATTERHORN: NO LADIES PLEASE!

15/11/2018

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.

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Fabian Cancellara launches "Zurich–Zermatt"

02/11/2018

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.

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First acts for Zermatt Unplugged 2019 are set

31/10/2018

With Passenger, Sophie Hunger, Francis Cabrel, Johannes Oerding, Jessie J, Samy Deluxe, and Roo Panes, the first acts for the next Zermatt Unplugged, taking place from April 9 to 13, 2019 are set. The acoustic music festival at the foot of the Matterhorn starts ticket pre-sales on November 7, 2018 for the first part of its program.

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Zermatt is opening a pop-up Stübli restaurant in Bern

25/10/2018

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.

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Zermatt band, Wintershome, heralds the start of winter

04/10/2018

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.

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A piece of Zermatt in the Bern Globus

28/09/2018

From 25 October to 12 January, there will be a Zermatt chalet in the Swiss capital, selling local meats and cheeses and bringing a touch of the Zermatt winter.

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Zermatt Open Air Theatre enters its third act

25/09/2018

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.

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Eighty women with cancer conquer the Breithorn

17/09/2018

On Saturday, 15 September 2018, eighty women from across Europe who have breast cancer climbed the Breithorn (4,164 m) near Zermatt. They were accompanied by 24 mountain guides from Zermatt.

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‘Taste of Zermatt’ combines culinary events in Zermatt

21/08/2018

‘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.

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Programme for Zermatt Impulse is announced

17/08/2018

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.

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Zermatt crowns the Queen of the Matterhorn

24/07/2018

On 19 August 2018, there will be a truly fantastic spectacle in Zermatt, when the traditional Ringkuhkampf cow fights will take place in the Matterhorn village for the first time.

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Andreas Gabalier comes to Upper Valais

18/05/2018

Andrea Gabalier will be the celebrity guest and headline act at the SRF “Donnschtig-Jass”, to be held on 19 July 2018 in Zermatt or Saas-Fee.

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Partnership confirmed for another five years

11/04/2018

At the opening event of Zermatt Unplugged, the Zermatt – Matterhorn destination and the festival organisers announced that they had carved their partnership in stone for the next five years.

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World Premier of the Matterhorn Musical

16/02/2018

The Matterhorn musical by Michael Kunze and Albert Hammond will have its world premier in the Theatre St.Gallen on Saturday, 17 February 2018.

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Zermatt hosts the Enduro World Series

12/02/2018

Zermatt welcomes the Enduro World Series in 2019 and 2020 and brings the Enduro World Cup to Switzerland for the very first time.

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Newcomer-Line-Up Zermatt Unplugged 2018

01/02/2018

Along with big names like Kodaline or Norah Jones, it is the Newcomer acts and other formats that invite you on a voyage of discovery at Zermatt Unplugged. Musically, but also literally. Every day on ten stages in and around Zermatt, they ensure that the spirit of the festival is felt throughout the village and entire ski area.

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Video Show along the Zermatt Bahnhofstrasse

20/12/2017

A three-minute video is presented on the façade of the Hublot Boutique in Zermatt every evening from 19 December 2017 to 2 January 2018.

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Line-Up of Zermatt Unplugged 2018

11/12/2017

Norah Jones, Emeli Sandé, Kodaline, Sarah Connor, Jack Savoretti, and many other great artists: The main program of the 11th Zermatt Unplugged, which takes place from April 10 - 14, 2018 has been confirmed. Advance ticket sales for all ticket categories start on December 15, 2017.

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Zermatt Festival: A Pioneer Work at an Historic Location

03/08/2017

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.

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The Longest Suspension Bridge in the World is Open

29/07/2017

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.

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Randa: The Longest Suspension Bridge in the World will be inaugurated

30/06/2017

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.

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Jubilee Celebrations at the Matterhorn: 100 Years of the Solvay Bivouac

19/06/2017

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.

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Zermatt Unplugged: Many Innovations

31/01/2017

The audience at the tenth edition of the Zermatt Unplugged music festival may expect many improvements, along with a colourful array of established artists, such as Stephan Eicher and Paolo Nutini and some exciting new talents (from 4 to 8 April 2017).

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