At the foot of the Matterhorn, in the extensive and varied Matterhorn Ski Paradise region, the popular Zermatt is situated. This pedestrian village is surrounded by 36 mountains with an altitude over the 4000 meters and is therefore one of the favourite destinations of mountaineers. The Haute Route, one of the many mountain paths, ends in Zermatt – a several days lasting and challenging tour starting at the Mont Blanc.
From Zermatt there is access to an extensive ski-region, covering almost 350 km of slopes. Due to the high altitude the area is quite snow certain and due to the glacier there is the possibility to ski 365 days a year. The region of Matterhorn Ski Paradise is therefore also been called the ‘most extensive and highest situated summer ski region of Europe’. From the village of Zermatt there are several lift and electrical trains departing leading to the ski area. In the area a great variety is offered in pistes, offering numerous red and blue slopes for the beginners and diverse black, mogul and off-pistes opportunities for the experienced skiers.
For many years Zermatt has been visited by people from all over the world, attracted by the rustic character and the atmosphere of the village. Outside of the centre there are several other characteristic Swiss aspects found like the charming wooden houses situated in the small alleys. In the centre of Zermatt facilities can be found as several ski schools, classy shops, supermarkets, sport- and wellness areas, an indoor swimming pool, ice rank and a great offer in restaurants, bars and discotheques.
The village of Zermatt cannot be reached by car, but it is possible to park your car in Täsch, 5 km away) and take the train from here into Zermatt (about 5 – 10 min.) The transportation within Zermatt is organized by electro- bus or taxi.