• 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. Today skiers follow their route in ways unknown to the Romans and faster than they ever dreamed. However, in Zermatt you still get around like the Romans – á piède. In this historically rustic resort, the fastest moving vehicle is a horse drawn sleigh! That does not mean the comforts of modern life never made it up here – quite the contrary. There are four restaurants with a total of five Michelin stars, wonderful hotels, shops, spas with a panoply of sports facilities, bars, and cafés to just hang out in.

Hit the gym before coming to the world’s best resort for 2018 according to Trip Advisor. Zermatt’s world famous skiing tests everyone’s mettle. Major construction and ongoing lift redevelopment have resulted in a highly integrated, efficient, and up-to-the minute system. With Italy’s Cervinia, 74 lifts, from underground trains to a 150-person cable car and high-speed chairs, whisk you to 240 miles of trails and extensive off-piste powder. The three interconnected areas are Sunnegga (with a new funicular), 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 on a day at April’s end, do the 35-mile ski marathon with a 31,000-foot vertical. One family bonus is children under nine ski free. As of last year, Zermatt began honoring 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 are gourmet, giving you an inkling of how European skiers 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’s entry circles around an open fireplace with a wood paneled bar just steps away. The Notis’ hotel offers breakfast, 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. Last year Katja and Mario Noti renovated eight rooms and two suites. Perhaps their attention to these finer points is what helped make them Trivago’s best three-star hotel in all of Switzerland for 2018. For those wanting a night in, dinner is possible at about $40.00/person. Topping things off, there’s a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. The Bellerive is a member of Small Elegant Hotels.

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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 Hotel & Spa, is watched over by Marianne and Rudi Julen, and of course, the Matterhorn. This past year it was named one of the ten best Swiss hotels by Travel Advisor! Nice reward for the three generations of Julens’ fine-tooth-comb care of their 38-room alpine design hotel. Their black-nosed sheep theme is still omnipresent throughout the hotel. The spa has a whirlpool, Finnish and organic herbal saunas, steam bath, and more than ten types of treatments. Guests are still warmly welcomed, enjoy the beautifully Swiss pine-paneled bar and have dining experiences prepared by chef Hauke Pohl. But why the sheep theme? Because the Julen family’s Zermatt’s most renowned shepherds of black-nosed sheep.



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