Zermatt Village Tour
The village of Zermatt has been shaped by ancient traditions and modern tourism. The thrilling contrasts can be explored on a walk through the village. Time required: from 1 hour to half a day.
- Type City walking tour
- Difficulty easy
- Duration 1,30 h
- Distance 1,8 km
- Ascent 47 m
- Descent 47 m
- Lowest point 1608 m
- Highest point 1632 m
- Good footwear
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
Insider tip no. 1: Stop for a coffee or a drink at Edward’s Bar in the Hotel Monte Rosa. The beams and walls of Zermatt’s first guest accommodation from 1839 can be seen.
Insider tip no. 2: Order a coffee or a glass of wine in the Ruden Bar of the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. The coats of arms of Zermatt’s old families are on display.
Free insider’s tip no. 1: Sip some water from the memorial fountain to Ulrich Inderbinen (E8 on the plan). The ice-cold, top-quality spring water bursts with mountain freshness. Ulrich Inderbinen (1900-2004) was the world’s most famous mountain guide. He continued to lead visitors up the Matterhorn until the age of 90; in all, he scaled the "Hore", as locals call the Matterhorn, more than 370 times.
Free insider’s tip no. 2: Go for a stroll through the Scheibenwald forest (Scheibenwaldweg, D12 & E12 on the plan). This peaceful path has numerous small wayside chapels depicting the Stations of the Cross as well as a small Lourdes grotto. From the Schluhmattstrasse, a steep flight of steps leads to a small area of cliffs and forest, a haven of tranquillity. These heights are home to centuries-old barns, built on stilts and balanced on flat stone slabs (to keep out rodents), as well as modern houses. The path ends at the "Winkelmatten" stop for electric buses, by the Winkelmatten chapel. Here, several wooden benches offer views of the Matterhorn.
Free insider’s tip no. 3: Visit the Freundschaftsgarten (“Garden of Friendship”, small park with pond, E9), a tranquil spot for reading or contemplation.