• Train in Zermatt with Matterhorn in distance.
  • Downtown Zermatt.
  • Matterhorn behind Zermatt.

Gateway City: Zürich
Transfer Time: 3.5 hours
Via: 1st & 2nd Class Rail

Beginner: 23%
Intermediate: 53%
Expert: 21%


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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
  • X Country


Over 2,200 years ago, Roman legions marched over the saddle of the Matterhorn home to Italy. Then 150 years ago, Lucy Walker, became the first woman to climb the Matterhorn, and in a heavy, long tweed skirt! Today skiers follow their route in ways unknown to the Romans and faster than Lucy ever dreamed. We still get around like the Romans – á piède – for in this historically rustic resort, the fastest moving vehicle is a horse drawn sleigh. That does not mean our creature comforts never made it up here – quite the contrary: there are lovely hotels, four restaurants have five Michelin stars between them, shops, spas, a panoply of sports facilities, bars, and cafés to hang out in.

But hit the gym before coming, because Zermatt’s world famous skiing tests everyone’s mettle. Major construction and ongoing development have resulted in a highly integrated, efficient, and up-to-the minute lift system. With Italy’s Cervinia, 74 lifts, from underground trains to a 150-person cable car and high-speed chairs, whisk you to 225 miles of trails and extensive off-piste powder. The three interconnected areas are Sunnegga, Gornergrat, and Klein Matterhorn and all accessible with the free ski bus. A 125-passenger cable car links Sunnegga and Gornergrat and another between Riffelberg and Furi. In spring, the most fearless try the Tiefbach. Or at April’s end, do the 35-mile ski marathon with a 31,000-foot vertical. A bonus for families is children under nine ski free and Zermatt honors the Ikon pass for a week’s skiing. For those of us enjoying life at a slightly slower pace, relief from hunger and fatigue is never too far away: Zermatt has 54 mountain restaurants, many gourmet, all offering an inkling of how Europeans savor their mountain dining experiences!

Hotels in Zermatt

  • Exterior of Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Bar and lounge in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Spa in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Bath in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Room in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Room with Matterhorn view in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Room with Matterhorn at dusk in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.


  • Superior

The Bellerive, a member of Small Elegant Hotels, has an entry encircling the open fireplace with a wood paneled bar just steps away. Katja and Mario Noti’s hotel has large south facing deluxe rooms and north facing standards. All 25 have Bang & Olufsen TVs, terry robes, and cozy sheepskin covered chairs on their balconies. Topping things off, there’s a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. The Notis recently renovated eight rooms and two suites. Perhaps their attention to details is what helped make the Bellerive Travel Advisor’s second best hotel in town. It offers just breakfast but, for those wanting a night in, dinner can easily be arranged.

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  • Exterior of Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Restaurant in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Bar in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Spa in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Sauna in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Bathroom in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Room and bath in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.


Nestled on a side street, the Europe, is watched over by Marianne and Rudi Julen, and of course, the Matterhorn. This past year their hotel was named 8th best in Switzerland! A great reward for the three generations of Julens’ fine-tooth-comb care. Their 38-room alpine-design hotel has a spa with a whirlpool, Finnish and organic herbal saunas, steam bath, and more than ten types of treatments. Guests are warmly welcomed, can enjoy the beautiful paneled bar and fine dining experiences. You’ll notice an omnipresent black-nosed sheep theme throughout the hotel. But why? Because the Julen family is Zermatt’s most renowned shepherds of the black-nosed sheep, and for those who wish, a visit can be arranged.




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  • Exterior of Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Lounge at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Bar Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Bar II Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Restaurant at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Restaurant III at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Room at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Room II at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Room III at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Room IV at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.


  • Superior

The Mirabeau’s 44 room hotel is designed with an eye to ecology as well as creature comforts. The renovated rooms have soft earth-toned wool furnishings, smoked oak floors, and granite baths. There’s a pool, the Zen-like spa with herbal and aroma therapies, a Tepidarium, steam bath, natural body treatments, and facilities for couples and families. Above the spa are 17 suites. The Julen’s daughter, Marie with her husband, Francis Reichenbach, are the third generation of Julens, having taken over from her parents in 2018. They warmly welcome guests, have sink yourself-into-chairs around the fireplace, fresh flowers brightening the day, a kitchen sending out culinary treats, and Zermatt’s first deli!

Stay 7 and pay for 6 in these time periods: Nov 24/Dec 19, 2019, Jan 2/Feb 6, 2020, Mar 29/Apr 4, 2020 – Get an additional 5% discount if booked up to 90 days in advance on the above dates plus: Feb 7/14, Feb 23/Mar 28 2020



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  • Superior
  • michelin

The Zermatterhof’s five star doors opened in 1879. Over the past 142 years, upgrades continue raising the its standards blending history with our modern day: the  renovated lobby, crystal chandeliers, paneled ceilings and fireplace suites with canopy beds. Raphael Biner’s hotel has 77 rooms and suites offering eight different types of accommodation, each welcoming you with a fresh fruit basket. Their ‘Prato Borni’ restaurant has a Michelin star and Heinz Rufi was chef of the year for 2020. The extensive spa facilities include several types of saunas, a whirlpool, a hot tub, ice bath, and the glass enclosed infinity pool under the watchful eye of the Matterhorn. So come experience the Zermatterhof and see why it’s hotel of the year for 2021!


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