The Europaweg between Grächen and Zermatt is considered by many to be the most beautiful 2-day hike in the Alps. The views along this mountain panorama including the Matterhorn are famous around the world.
- Type Long distance hiking trail
- Difficulty hard
- Duration 14,00 h
- Distance 33,7 km
- Ascent 2060 m
- Descent 1403 m
- Lowest point 1619 m
- Highest point 2715 m
1. Grächen - Europa Hut (6h 20)
2. Europa Hut - Zermatt (6 -7h)
Europa Hut - Suspension Bridge - Täschalp - Tufteren - Sunnegga
Note: The crossing of the suspension bridge takes about 15 minutes. Please heed the safety instructions.
North-south tour from Grächen: One sets off in the direction of the Matterhorn and sees the north wall of the Matterhorn as well as the Hörnligrat time and again.
South-north tour from Zermatt: One walks in the direction of the Bernese Alps and has the Bietschhorn in plain view, among other peaks.
Current note: The section of the Europaweg between Grächen and the Europa hut remains closed for this year due to the risk of rockfall. A reopening will be inspected next year.
The section Randa - suspension bridge - Europa hut - Täschalpe - Sunnegga/Zermatt remains open.
- Good, sturdy footwear
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
- Food and water
The pedestrian suspension bridge (Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge) opened in the summer of 2017. It is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world (world record holder).
- Since there is a grated walkway underfoot along the half-kilometre suspension bridge, it is best if one is not afraid of heights (also applies to children and dogs).
- Possible trial tour to test for a fear of heights: at Furi above Zermatt. This suspension footbridge is 100 m long and 90 m above the Gorner Gorge.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
Avoid the bridge during storms (thunder and lightning)
Not having a fear of heights is an advantage. Find out whether children and or dogs would cross the bridge (grated walkway); see the “Tip from the author” section.
- 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.
- It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
- 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.