Zermatt started life as a simple farming village, developed as a mountaineering centre in the 19th century, then became a winter resort in the late 1920's and early 1930's. Summer is still as big as winter here.

The village is car-free, but not traffic-free – electric buggies operating either as hotel shuttles or as public taxis zip around the streets. Residents and taxis can drive up to Zermatt, though guests must park at Täsch (or more distant Visp) and arrive by train. At Tasch there's a big car park, and you can wheel luggage trolleys on and off the trains.

Zermatt mainly attracts a well-heeled international clientele; tending to be towards the more mature end of the spectrum for what is quite a sporty resort.

Pros

Wonderful, high, extensive slopes

Spectacular high mountain scenery

Charming but rather sprawling old village; car-free (but not traffic-free)

Reliable snow at altitude

Cons

You may face long walks, crowded buses or pricey taxi rides

Far from ideal for novices

High prices for everything, including lift pass (one of Europe's priciest)

Slow train up to Gornergrat

Getting there

  • Basel airport: 3 hours
  • Geneva airport: 4 hours
  • Sion airport: 1.5 hours
  • Zermatt train station: In resort

Contact Details

Holiday Discounts

Resort Discounts

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Off The Slopes
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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