Theme trail

Culture Trail (Nr. 36)

History fans can follow the traces of rural life in Zermatt on this hike. There are various stations along the themed trail that detail exciting stories from the past. 

  • Type Theme trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 4,00 h
  • Distance 9,2 km
  • Ascent 362 m
  • Descent 362 m
  • Lowest point 1613 m
  • Highest point 1937 m


These culture trails are a project supported by the “Alts-Zermatt” association, which aims to make local history more accessible. From Kirchplatz the trail leads via the Herbrigg into the valley and up to the hamlet of Zmutt and then over Furi back to the village.

There are frequent stations along the way with information relating to cultural life of over 100 years ago – including information about a lynx trap, the management of meadows and fields,  climate change and a lot more.

One of the highlight is undoubtedly the barn on the Herbrigg, which is considered one of the oldest in Europe.

  • 26 different info stations with QR codes for additional information
  • Culture trail marked by brown signposts
  • Basic hiking time: approx. 4 hours
  • The themed trail is free of charge
  • Further culture trails are planned

1. Part of the Culture Trail Zermatt – Zmutt (Duration approx. 1h20)

2. Part of the Culture Trail in Zmutt itself

3. Part of the Culture Trail Aroleyt from Zmutt – Furi  - Zermatt (Duration approx. 1h50)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Kulturweg”.

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Mobile phone with sufficient charge to scan the QR codes 

Visit of the Zmutt Damm in summer: weekly visits of the dam and the Grande Dixence works in Zmutt. Bookable through Zermatt Tourism

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Map and arrival