Winter hiking

Zermatt - Ried

This pleasant winter hiking trail leads from the centre of Zermatt through different quarters of the resort to the Ried area. The clear view of the Matterhorn from here is particularly beautiful.

  • Type Winter hiking
  • Difficulty easy
  • Duration 0,50 h
  • Distance 2,2 km
  • Ascent 228 m
  • Descent 36 m
  • Lowest point 1604 m
  • Highest point 1800 m


Starting point is in the Wiesti quarter. After a flight of steps, the route leads past numerous luxurious chalets, some of which reveal glimpses of sumptuous interiors. In winter the gables shine in unison over the village, creating a romantic atmosphere. The trail continues towards Eggen in the direction of Ried. At Zer Bännu, walkers enjoy a lovely view over the village. The path leads past small, ancient stables before crossing snow-covered meadows and thin woodland to reach the Ried district and the Restaurant Ried.

  • Appropriate for children from age 6
  • Beautiful view of the village
  • Fine mountain panorama including the Matterhorn and Weisshorn
Zermatt (station) - Ried

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 40 min)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
After leaving the village and the Quartier Le Petit Village, a look back over your shoulder is worth it – because the Matterhorn displays its most beautiful side from there.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
  • 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.

Map and arrival