Zermatt, Switzerland

Best Time to Visit: May-July, Winter Ski Season

Reasons to Visit:

Weather: May-September are the summer months, July being the warmest with average highs reaching 20C. Highest snowfall for the skiers is in January/February.

Getting In & Around:

  • The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn runs regional trains between Visp and Zermatt. These trains are eligible for Supersaver Tickets as described in our Switzerland Transportation Guide. Buy tickets from the SBB website / app.
  • The other train alternative is the famous Glacier Express that runs from St. Moritz to Zermatt via Visp. Reservations are mandatory on this train.
  • Cars are not permitted in Zermatt. One can drive up to Tasch, but will have to take the train from there.
  • Electric buses run around the city of Zermatt, but we walked around everywhere.
  • The Gornergrat Bahn runs from Zermatt to Gornergrat, the highest open air railway line in Europe. It is also one of the very few mountain railways that accept Supersaver tickets bought on SBB. Fare: 90 CHF return / 45 CHF Supersaver return.
  • Tip: You’ll need to exchange your Supersaver tickets into the special Gornergrat Bahn tickets at the ticket counter around your scheduled departure time which makes your return flexible (not common on Supersaver tickets).
  • Tip: Summer & winter fares differ with summer fares being a bit more expensive.
  • The Sunnegga Funicular Railway takes you to Sunnegga, which is a great spot to hike back from. There is also a lake at the top and a picturesque cafe. Fare: 24 CHF return / 16 CHF one way.

Food & Drink:

  • Get cheese and yoghurt from Horu Kaserei.
  • There is a Migros supermarket  (without a Hot Bar) at this map reference. It has a well stocked liquor store with great wines attached to it. There’s also a Co-op opposite the main station.
  • We had some fondue and raclette at Hotel Walliserhof. The raclette was quite good, but the fondue was okay at best.

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    Fondue at Hotel Walliserhof

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