Long distance hiking trail

Europaweg

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 7,00 h
  • Distance 33,7 km
  • Ascent 1403 m
  • Descent 2060 m
  • Lowest point 1619 m
  • Highest point 2715 m

Description

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 have made it famous around the world. These breathtakingly stunning views of nature were used as orientation points by those responsible for mapping out the path in the villages of St. Niklaus, Grächen, Randa, Täsch and Zermatt to create the Europaweg in 1997. If goes from Grächen via Gasenried to Grat. From there, it continues southwards high above the Mattertal to the Europa Hut above Randa. After a stay there, it goes over the world-record suspension bridge – the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, which traverses the Grabengufer. The bridge is 494 m long and 65 m above the chasm below at its highest point. The path then continues in the direction of Täschalp and finally to Zermatt.

Stages:

1. Zermatt - Europa Hut (6 -7h)

Sunnegga - Tufteren - Täschalp - Suspension Bridge - Europa Hut

 

2. Europa Hut - Grächen (6h 20)

 

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.

We recommend:

  • 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.

Map and arrival