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Zermatt

Book one of our 40 luxury chalet or apartment in the heart of Zermatt, fully catered and including or unique concierge service.
The village lying at the foot of the most photographed mountain in the world, the Matterhorn , is the perfect surroundings for a holiday away with breathtaking views. The luxurious features that the resort offers make for a thrilling sporting experience on the steepest slopes 365 days a year.

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Introducing

A Luxury, Private Destination

Celebrities are well established in Zermatt but do not exhibit themselves. Instead, they really appreciate the respect of their privacy. The destination offers a perfect balance between high-end services and a car-free, environmentally friendly policy. With an unparalleled gourmet food scene and the opportunity to ski year round, the elite have made Zermatt their schoolyards.

A Fantastic Ski Resort

Skiing and snowboarding 365 days a year is a reality in Zermatt! Zermatt has more than 200 km of slopes and its nearby neighbor, Matterhorn, has over 350 km. This is sure to satisfy the most adventurous and the most experienced skiers. Zermatt offers an absolute yearlong snow guarantee. You will enjoy tracks between Switzerland and Italy in total freedom, like no other ski resort has to offer.

Numerous After Ski Activities

The after-skiing scene at Zermatt is tough to beat. Despite the magnificent views and vast amount of skiable terrain to choose from, skiers say that the after-skiing is the best part of the entire Zermatt experience. Many skiers do not even return to their hotel room after skiing, but go to one of the many on-slope restaurants to sit out on the deck and enjoy the scenery and a drink. If you feel an urge to hit the village right after skiing, there are 100 restaurants to choose from in addition to the 38 mountain restaurants and the dozens of bars and nightclubs.

Year Round Festivities

Zermatt is a town for tourists which means that there are special events and festivals that take place year round. Many of the events revolve around sports such as skiing and golf, but others focus on music, food and celebrations.

Luxury Shopping

Zermatt is well-known for its relaxed and friendly shopping areas. Shop along the famous “Bahnhofstrasse” or through the little lanes and alleys, and you’ll always find yourself near to friendly cafés and welcoming bars. Families, sports enthusiasts and celebrities can be found carrying around premium brand name shopping bags. Experience the wonderful diversity and delights of shopping in Zermatt.

History and Culture

A Man and His Vision

Until the mid-19th century Zermatt was mostly a poor, agricultural village, whose inhabitants mainly worked on the land and visitors were few. Zermatt’s surroundings were gradually conquered by mountaineers and explorers in the early 1800s. As a result, tourism began to slowly develop from 1820 onwards and the first hotel opened in 1838.  But the development of Zermatt can be predominantly attributed to Alexander Seiler and Edward Whymper. Alexander arrived in Zermatt in 1851 and took over the lease of the Hotel Cervin in 1853. He renamed it Hotel Monte Rosa, which is still popular today, he also took out a lease on the Riffelberg Hotel. Seiler had a vision that he wanted Zermatt to become a popular tourist destination and with the success of his hotels, he began to buy more and more land from the local farmers. In 1878 he embarked on a brand new project to build not just the best mountain hotel in Switzerland but the best in the whole of the Alps and this was to be known as the Hotel Riffelalp, located just on the hillside above the village center.

The Matterhorn Ascent

In the late 19th century, Zermatt became a well-known resort for hiking and hill-climbing. In the 1860s the Matterhorn became internationally known with Edward Whymper, a British explorer who made numerous attempts to ascend the Matterhorn from the Italian side. After 6 tries and failures he gave up and attempted the climb from another side. He made the switch to the Swiss side, departing from what is now Zermatt, and succeeded in becoming the first person to ever reach the summit of the Matterhorn. Only 3 days later, Jean-Antoine Carrel, an Italian guide, succeeded where Whymper had failed so many times. Carrel completed the climb from the Italian side.

The Infrastructure

After Alexander Seiler’s death in 1891, his family continued his vision. In 1908 it organised a special visit for the press to highlight the winter opportunities that the resort offered. However the first official winter season only took place in 1928 and from then on Zermatt grew even more in popularity. The Gornergrat railway that had been built for guests staying at the Hotel Riffelalp began operating more frequently and gradually more ski lifts and cable cars were built throughout the rest of the 20th century.

A Clean Pedestrian Resort

In 1947, only electric cars without a combustion engine were allowed to operate in the village. The pedestrianisation of the town center has made it so that people walk far more than they would in other resorts. The air is cleaner and there are still electric buses and taxis to shuttle people around if they don’t want to walk. This aspect of Zermatt contributes to its success.

Things to do

Swatch Skiers Cup

Held in January, the world’s best freestyle/freeride skiers come together in Switzerland for this unique competition which opposes the team Europe and the team Americas.

Horu Trophy

Taking place in January, this event is one of Switzerland’s largest open-air curling tournaments. In this competition, there are 76 teams participating in 19 different rinks. An amazing aspect of the tournament is that you can see Matterhorn no matter where you are in the curling rinks, making the atmosphere and experience all the more impressive.

Unplugged Festival

A one of a kind festival, located in the heart of the Swiss Alps. A place where acoustic music is the main attraction and international stars, newcomers, and singer-songwriters come to celebrate pure sounds. Many bands and musicians such as Jason Mraz, Seal, Suzanna Vega, Alanis Morissette, Chris de Burgh, Mando Diao, Billy Idol, OneRepublic and David Gray have found Unplugged to be an incredibly inspiring music festival and have performed in it as well as around Zermatt. Takes place in April.

Swiss Food Festival

Taking place on a weekend in August, this is an event where you are invited to attend a kitchen party at the Mont Cervin Palace and Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. Culinary chalets along the Bahnhofstrasse offer and inform about regional products.

Classical Music Festival

A festival marking autumn. A Classics and Art Festival with the solo and ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic. The academy and artistic performances have audience participation at impressive and magical open-air locations around the village. The performances allow Zermatt’s “regular” hikers an opportunity to truly enjoy and appreciate the high art. World-class musicians are incredibly close and concerts take place at amazing altitudes of up to 2222m! Takes place in September.

Places to see

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Views from Zermatt’s cable cars and gondolas are all remarkable, but the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the icing on the cake. Ride Europe’s highest-altitude cable car up to 3883m and gawk at a top-of-the-beanstalk panorama of 14 glaciers and 38 mountain peaks over 4000m from the Panoramic Platform. Don’t miss the Glacier Palace, an ice palace complete with glittering ice sculptures, a glacier crevasse to walk through and, for the kids, an ice slide to swoosh down bum first.

Matterhorn Museum

This museum provides fabulous insight into Valaisian village life, mountaineering, the dawn of tourism in Zermatt and the lives Matterhorn has claimed. Raymond Lambert’s reindeer-skin boots, made to measure after his toes were amputated, are a must-see as well as Roosevelt’s letters and the infamous rope that broke in 1865 and turned the first ascent of Matterhorn into a tragedy.

Gornergratbahn

This splendid cogwheel railway is the highest in Europe. It climbs through picture-postcard scenery to Gornergrat (3089m). Sit on the right-hand side of the little red train to gawk at Matterhorn. In summer an extra train runs once a week at sunrise and sunset for an even more spectacular trip.

Luxury shopping

The village’s main shopping area is located on Bahnhofstrasse. Here you will find many branches of stores that you may have expected to only be in large cities. There is an emphasis on luxury goods, sporting goods, and alpine souvenirs throughout the area. The ski and mountaineering equipment in the area are state-of-the-art.

The Slopes

Zermatt’s slopes are extremely varied and beautiful, allowing for a wonderful time while doing winter sports. The slopes naturally divide into 4 main sections. Of the four sectors only one is known as a place of paradise, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.

27 Chalets in Zermatt