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Zermatt is a world-renowned ski resort nestled in the Swiss Alps. It is located in the canton of Valais, near the Italian border, and offers breathtaking views of the iconic Matterhorn peak. The resort is known for its extensive ski terrain, charming village atmosphere, and excellent après-ski scene.
Zermatt has a rich history as a traditional alpine village that has been welcoming visitors for centuries. Its origins date back to the 13th century when it served as a farming and mountain-climbing community. Over time, it has transformed into a top-tier ski resort while still retaining its authentic charm.
The town is car-free, with electric taxis and horse-drawn carriages providing transportation, adding to its unique character. The ski area in Zermatt is vast and interconnected with Italy's Cervinia-Valtournenche ski resorts. It's a unique layout with funicular trains, gondolas and chairlifts snaking their way up the mountain, in 2 key sectors.
Zermatt is particularly renowned for its challenging off-piste and freeride opportunities, making it a paradise for advanced skiers and thrill-seekers. The high alpine terrain makes it an excellent opportunity for guided exploration, but there's also dedicated freeride 'pistes' marked out across the sector.
The Cervinia Valtournenche side is a web of red runs, accessed from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at a staggering 3883m.
When it comes to après-ski, Zermatt does not disappoint. The village boasts a vibrant and lively scene with numerous bars, restaurants, and clubs. Skiers can unwind and socialize at various mountain huts and après-ski bars located on the slopes. In the village, there are plenty of options for dining, from cozy Swiss chalets to international gourmet restaurants. Zermatt's suitability extends beyond just skiing.
The resort offers a wide range of activities for non-skiers, including snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice skating, and tobogganing. The resort also hosts world-class events such as the Zermatt Unplugged music festival and the Patrouille des Glaciers ski mountaineering race.
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6 day pass
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Train + Bus Option
Geneva to Zermatt - aprox 3.5 to 4 hours
Get a direct train from Geneva to Visp.
Change at Visp to the valley railway that takes you all the way to Zermatt.
Once in resort, buses and electric vehicles take you to our accommodations
From the airport change to mountain railway in Visp (2.5 hrs) to get to Zermatt (1 hr)
Swiss train tickets are released 60 days in advance. Buy as early as possible for cheapest prices and most availability.
The easiest way to plan train travel is use The Trainline (click the logo below)
This is because it's the most comprehensive integration of all European train operators, so you can even plan cross-border travel.
On average you can book 3-4 months in advance, read our full Guide to European Rail travel