Winter hiking

Winkelmatten - Furi

This winter hiking trail crosses the quarter at the far end of Zermatt in the direction of Furi. Along the way it leads across snow-blanketed meadows, through forest and past romantic, secluded spots.

  • Type Winter hiking
  • Difficulty easy
  • Duration 1,00 h
  • Distance 2,6 km
  • Ascent 241 m
  • Descent 48 m
  • Lowest point 1667 m
  • Highest point 1865 m

Description

In Winkelmatten, walkers still enjoy a beautiful, clear view of the distant Matterhorn. Soon the trail leads over snowy expanses and past small hamlets and agricultural buildings. It then climbs, sometimes steeply, at others more gently, before plunging into the romantic mountain forest. A glance backwards makes for quite a surprise: this really has been quite a climb!

At Schweigmatten, a small barn stands on top of a big rock split in two, looking out over a wide snowy expanse. It’s a scene from another era, and with luck walkers can photograph it from the path, free from footprints in the snow or other human traces: a window on days gone by.

  • Appropriate for children from age 6
  • Photographic subject: beautiful view from Moos of the Matterhorn
  • Photographic subject at Schweigmatten, before Furi: split rock with barn
Winkelmatten (chapel) - Moos - Furi

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 45 min)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
When you take the road from the Winkelmatten quartier in the direction of Furi, you will see the snow-covered trees, deep blue sky and suddenly in their midst, the most famous sharp-pointed rock in the world: the Matterhorn.

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