However, if you want to see it up close and personal, Zermatt is the luxury Alpine destination of choice. With great skiing conditions on the slopes above, and a wide range of top quality luxury accommodation and restaurants in the town, there’s everything you need for the luxury ski holiday of a lifetime.
Our at-a-glance guide will give you all the best tips for accommodation, restaurants and much more.
Best places to sleepZermatt has been welcoming winter visitors since the 19th century, so there’s no shortage of excellent luxury accommodation at your disposal.
From grand 5-star hotels that evoke the glamour of yesteryear to cosy Alpine chalets, our quick guide will show you the finest luxury accommodation Zermatt has to offer.
Best places to skiWith over 600km of slopes – including the Matterhorn slopes – in close range, Zermatt is one of the Alps finest ski destinations in winter.
Experts, beginners, those looking to go off-piste: the slopes here cater for literally every type of snowsports enthusiast imaginable.
With our quick guide, check out the slopes that best suit your level of experience and expectations, to ensure you make the most of your time on the slopes in this alpine wonderland.
Best ski schoolsAttracting thousands of visitors to its slopes, and with many more attractions besides, it’s not surprising that Zermatt has a wide range of ski schools.
Whether you’re taking your first tentative steps on skis or are more experienced and looking to push your limits, Zermatt has the ski school for you.
Below are our favourites, and a full listing on all Zermatt ski schools to ensure you have all the information at your fingertips to make a well informed choice of Zermatt ski school.
Best places to eatTo feed thousands of hungry skiers is no mean feat, and Zermatt offers a wide range of cuisine and restaurants, all offering delicious dishes from the Alps and beyond.
Whether you’re after local cuisine served in a traditional alpine restaurant or fine world cuisine in a more rarefied atmosphere of luxury, Zermatt will have a restaurant that will exceed your expectations.
Best mountain hutsWith access to so many famous and picturesque mountains, it’s little wonder that more adventurous hikes are a popular winter and summer past time in the Zermatt region.
In order to provide comfortable and welcoming accommodation located way out of the comfort zone of the big hotels in Zermatt village, there is an extensive network of mountain huts.
Some of these are only open at certain times of the year, and all are popular, so be sure to plan your route and book ahead. Here are a couple of our favourites.
Best places to shopZermatt has attracted the great and the good to its slopes for decades.
As a result, this classic Alpine village is full of amazing shops, selling everything from quaint local souvenirs to the latest male and female fashion.
When it’s gifts for loved ones or a treat for yourself you’re after, Zermatt will have what you’re looking for and so much more.
Best winter sportsThe enduring appeal of Zermatt relies on many things: the skiing, the restaurants, the hotels.
However, what also sets it apart is the breadth of other winter sports available to those who want to leave the skis at home but take advantage of the stunning mountains nonetheless.
Both on and above the mountains, a whole range of winter sports are available. Below are our favourites, as well as a link to a full listing of all winter sports in Zermatt.
Best summer sportsWhen the mountainsides are denuded of their snow and the temperature rises, there’s no need for the activities to stop!
With hiking and biking trails galore, as well as watersports and rock climbing – to name just a few – Zermatt is almost as bustling and popular in summer as it is in winter.
If you fancy a luxury summer vacation in the Swiss Alps, Zermatt has more than enough to keep you active and exhilarated in the great outdoors.