Zermatt’s prominent backdrop, the Matterhorn, is quite possibly the world’s most recognizable mountain, as it graces almost every Switzerland travel brochure. Everybody who visits here has some idea of what to expect, but the reality is much more powerful. The Matterhorn is graceful and massive – there’s something really special about this mountain – and it anchors a landscape filled with impressive peaks. Although I still love the overall charm and scenery of Mürren and the Bernese Oberland above all, I give the Zermatt region a slight edge for pure, unadulterated mountain scenery.
The Gornergrat ridge separates Zermatt from Monte Rosa and most of the large mountains surrounding the village. This cogwheel train, over 100 years old, brings you to one of Zermatt’s best viewpoints.
Tours & Other Resources
Several tours include the Matterhorn and Zermatt area.
The Matterhorn tour is an obvious choice. Spend some quiet time in the car-free village of Saas Fee, hiking and enjoying the scenery and good food. Then, transfer by train to Zermatt to enjoy the luxury of some of Switzerland’s finest hotels and restaurants.
The Classic Peaks tour gives you time in the best of Switzerland’s mountains. You can really settle in and enjoy several days in Mürren in the Bernese Oberland, then transfer by train to Zermatt.
The Grand Tour will take you on a classic journey from Zermatt to St. Moritz on the Glacier Express train.