Zermatt
The top three world’s best ski resorts isn't complete without the inclusion of Zermatt, which by quality of the Matterhorn view alone is already a top tourist destination. But aside from the breathtaking and captivating sight of the Matterhorn peak as it dominates the skyline, Zermatt Ski Resort maintains it position as a world best ski resort through a variety of features such as: it's huge expanse of ski-paradise pistes laden with fresh snow, the  stunning historic resort village dotted with a mix of modern and  traditional wooden chalets,  exquisite restaurants, gorgeous cafe's,  quaint car-free cobbled streets that boast decadent shopping and vibrant après-ski, and a plethora of activities to consider, including well established Heli-Ski trips.   Located just at the southern end of Matter Valley in the upper Valais, one of the Alpine cantons of Switzerland,  Zermatt at 1,620 meters altitude sits at the foot of the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak, which has led to its vast tourism development.
Features
Historic Cog Railway
Europe’s highest open-air cog railway that winds its way up to the Gornergrat mountain peak at 3130m. The ride leaves from Zermatt station 365 days a year, and takes 33 minutes to reach the top. Well worth it not just for the spectacular views of the iconic matterhorn and the glacier at the top, but also the incredible scenery during the trains vertical climb up the mountain, including dramatic bridges, tunnels, forests and fields, rocking ravines and mountain lakes.
Hiking water paradise
Before 1831, Zermatt was known by the name of "Prato Borni" - "meadow among natural springs". This is not surprising since Zermatt is located near the junction of four mountain rivers. A hikers paradise, around 98 natural springs and 50 mountain lakes await discovery in summer.
Activities
Ski & Snowboard
Some of Europe’s highest mountains are found in Zermatt. They offer skiing and snowboarding with 300 km of pistes in three varied ski areas: the Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat-Stockhorn and Schwarzsee-Matterhorn glacier paradise. This snow assured paradise also includes a long run back down to the village with an added bonus of an freestyle fun park where Olympic hopefuls train. ... Read MoreIn summer, the Matterhorn glacier provides the largest summer-ski area in Europe, with 21km of pistes available to ski in your T-shirt (or bikini!) Less
Sledding
Endless thrills and amazing fun await you as you sled your way down under the great shadow of the Matterhorn. Sledding is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all the family and one that brings huge grins to children's faces.
HeliSki
Imagine the excitement and adrenaline pumping through your veins as you are dropped off by a helicopter in a natural high altitude heli-landing zone, surrounded by some of Europes highest peaks, ready to ski on untouched powder snow fields and carve first tracks down! Combine that with the sensational scenery when flying past the great Matterhorn and you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Paragliding
Paragliding flight is the perfect activity if you're looking to discover how it feels to have a fresh alpine breeze blowing past your face and hair, whilst capturing incredibly beautiful sights as you glide effortlessly above the snow from the top of the mountain. Bask in the peacefulness of the calm sky, and absorb a birds eye view of one of the Worlds most famous mountains and surrounding scenery.
Cross-Country Skiing
For a change of environment, the nearby village of Tasch offers a refreshing and relaxing 15km of cross-country ski trails , only a 12minute easy train ride rom Zermatt.
Events
The Matterhorn Ultraks
This year taking place on August 25 and 26, the Matterhorn Ultraks includes a 46km race that runners must ascend to the the Gornergrat peak at 3130m altitude ! An awe-inspiring sight to see!
Patrouille des Glaciers
The Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) is a famous cult event organised by the Swiss Armed Forces since 1943. Both Military and civilian teams take part, competing in this ski mountaineering every 2 years. The next race will be held in April, 2018. From a start in Zermatt the teams cross mountains through Arolla then on to Verbier: 53 kilometres with an ascent of 3994m and descent 4090m!
Zermatt Unplugged
When international stars come together to give the performances of a lifetime, Zermatt Unplugged is the one stage that puts this together every April. Not to be missed.
Zermatt Marathon
Zermatt Marathon is a stimulating race to the Riffelberg with а whooping altitude difference of 1,853m; this is one for the sports lovers, and it's usually staged in Zermatt every July.
Mаttеrhоrn Eagle Cup
For the diehard golf lovers, The Mаttеrhоrn Eagle Cup will quench your appetites. This interesting course of Golf Tournament takes place in the alpine landscape of the Gоrnеrgrаt region come July of every year.
Swiss Food Festival
Swiss Food Festival held every August is guaranteed to leave your taste buds craving for more ! It presents nothing short of an extravaganza of great food and wine.
Zermatt Music Festival
During the greatly anticipated Zermatt Festival, let your ears delight in the sounds of skilled and talented soloists, orchestras, ensembles and even yodelers as they fill the open air with their sonorous music.
The Perskindol Swiss Epic
The Perskindol Swiss Epic; a six-day mountain bike race that holds in September is highly recommended for the sports fanatics.
Highlights
  • Ever wondered where all of the equipment used during the first climb of the Matterhorn were? Well, the Matterhorn houses them all with great pride in the Alpine Museum within the Month Cervin Hotel, and at the underground Zermatlantis Matterhorn Museum.
  • Accessed by cableway, the Gornergat station above 3000 metres provides panoramic above the Glacier paradise and of most of the 38 four thousand-metre peaks rising to the heavens above Zermatt village.  A glacier ice palace can be admired 15 metres beneath the ice surface. An opportunity not to be missed!
  • In summer, don’t miss the intricate wooden walkways and footpaths weaving between the towering cliffs that make the Gorner Gorge. Here you will find a dramatic display of the power of the forces of nature on the mountain.
  • The Matterhorn : Europe's 12th-highest peak
  • First Ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 : Ended in tragedy with 4 deaths.
  • The Matterhorn was first climbed by : a British man
History
For a long time, Zermatt was a village of about 400 rural residents isolated and cutoff from the more accessible parts of Switzerland. Situated at the end of the 30 km long valley surrounded by steep 4000 meter mountains without any major road to connect them to the outside world, only a perilous and windy mule track used intermittently by villagers, scientist coming to study and measure the mountains  and alpine enthusiasts such as the British who were intent on becoming the first to climb all the 4000 meter peaks. By 1865, only the Matterhorn was still waiting to be conquered. When the first ascent of this famous peak ended in tragedy, with four deaths, the world abroad begins to learn about this mountain with the fascinating pyramid shape. ... Read MoreTourism begins to increase rapidly, and already by the 1880s, 12,000 tourists per year make the arduous trek over the mule trail to Zermatt in order to see the Matterhorn. Alexander Seiler founded the first hotel to capture this tourism: the Hotel Monte Rosa. He knew that in order to bring even more tourists, they needed an easier, faster and more comfortable journey. He successfully campaigned for a new railway connection between Visp and Zermatt, which began to be constructed on 17 November 1888, and completed in 1891, when it finally began a regular summer service to Zermatt. That first summer season tripled the number of tourists to visit Zermatt at 33695 travellers. When the cog railway from Zermatt to Gornergat opened in 1891, tourism increased even more rapidly, and Zermatt’s worldwide fame rose and rose. Less