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Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

1. Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

Start your journey at the Zermatt-Matterhorn valley station. Within 45 minutes, reach Europe’s highest mountain station at 12,740 ft (3,883 meters) above sea level - the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. First, travel in comfort in an 8-seat gondola of the Matterhorn Express on your way to Trockerner Steg. Pass lush green meadows, old Valais hamlets, and enchanting forests before the landscape changes to one with impressive moraines and stones polished by ice and glaciers.  At Trockener Steg, hop into the highest 3S cable car transporting you up to the peak. Take in spectacular views through the panoramic windows and enjoy the heated seats while crossing the Theodul Glacier. Once you reach the summit, visit the viewing platform and marvel at 38 alpine giants of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps as well as 14 glaciers. At the cinema lounge, enjoy short movies about mountaineering, the local fauna and flora, the lift facilities, and ice and snow. Or explore the highest ice palace in the world and admire handmade sculptures in the eternal ice. Before you leave the magical fairytale behind, try regional specialties at the restaurant or purchase Matterhorn souvenirs.

Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

2. Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

The Swiss Travel Pass is a must-have for any traveler to Switzerland. You can enjoy unlimited access by public train, bus, and boat to over 90 cities and towns and benefit from free entrance to 500+ museums, discounted city tours, and access to private and scenic trains with a pre-requisite seat reservation. There are two broad types of Swiss Travel Pass: Continuous and Flexi, with an option to choose from 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. Apart from it being an ‘all-in-one’ pass which allows a traveler to access all modes of public transportation within the country, it also offers numerous other benefits on the mountain excursions. So be it the adventurous, the avid or the leisure traveler, you will have the chance to make the most of your Switzerland Travel Pass.

Zermatt: Tandem Paragliding with Matterhorn View

3. Zermatt: Tandem Paragliding with Matterhorn View

Zermatt in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is one of the most popular mountain resorts renowned for skiing, climbing, and hiking. The town lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Here, you have the chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure - a tandem paragliding flight at a 3000-4000-meter altitude. At the meeting point, you’ll be introduced to your instructor, who will give you a presentation on the activity and safety protocols. You’ll take the cable car to the take-off point, as your pilot shares as much as of their knowledge, stories, and anecdotes about Zermatt as you want. Once you’re on the mountain, walk to the take-off point, and hear a short briefing and equipment check. Then, it’s time for the ultimate adventure, as you take a few steps into the air. Now just sit back, relax, and take in the spectacular 360° views over Switzerland, Italy, and France. The pilot will take care of everything, all you have to do is enjoy this magical moment to its fullest. Once you’ve landed, the pilot will download the pictures and videos onto a memory card, ready for you to take home and show off.

Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat: Small Group Tour from Zürich

4. Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat: Small Group Tour from Zürich

To see the Matterhorn live - it's a must for every Switzerland traveler. Visit the alpine village of Zermatt with its typical chalet-style, surrounded by high alpine peaks, the Matterhorn in the face all the time. Experience the changing landscape and discover the old part of Zermatt and the Gornergrat mountain, from where you'll have all these "postcard" views of the Matterhorn. Be accompanied by a guide along the way who'll answer your questions about the country and its people, and explore a few places away from the tourist flow.

Zermatt: Full-Day Guided Hike

5. Zermatt: Full-Day Guided Hike

Begin with a 30-minute ride up to the Gornergrat Summit Station on the legendary cogwheel train. Throughout your steep climb, travel over bridges, through tunnels, and past thundering waterfalls. Observe the Matterhorn, Switzerland’s iconic mountain peak, which lingers in the background for the rest of the your journey. Take a slow climb up to an open air 360-degree viewing platform to enjoy views over the highest peaks in the Alps. These include the Monte Rosa peaks and glaciers, which are the highest places in Switzerland. Relax at the sun-filled terrace of the Kulm Hotel, before hiking on posted trails through a nature reserve area. As you travel, admire the amazing geology and a variety of alpine wild flowers, and stop at an alpine lake to admire its beauty and crystal clear water. Take a break for refreshments on the sun terrace of the historic Restaurant Riffelberg, where Mark Twain stayed on his travels to Zermatt. This location also offers spectacular views of the Matterhorn. Depending on your hiking enthusiasm and energy level, you can then determine with your guide how much more hiking you want to do before eventually taking the Gornergrat train for the final return to Zermatt Village, where your tour concludes.

Switzerland: Swiss Travel Pass Flex Tickets

6. Switzerland: Swiss Travel Pass Flex Tickets

Experience Switzerland fully and travel flexibly with a Swiss Travel Pass Flex, valid on the train network, buses, and public boats all over the country. Choose between a 3, 4, 6, 8 or 15 flexible day pass. Journey on the renowned Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, and Bernina Express to see Switzerland's epic mountains and sprawling views up close. Traveling at your leisure, visit over 500 museums across the country as part of the pass to learn more about Switzerland. Activate and deactivate your pass easily online as per your individual travel needs within its month-long validity. Enjoy unlimited and hassle-free movement throughout the country within the valid month of travel.

Zermatt Village: Private Tour with Gornergrat Mountain

7. Zermatt Village: Private Tour with Gornergrat Mountain

Discover the alpine village of Zermatt and its typical chalet-style architecture with a guide. Take in breathtaking panoramic views of the area and the Matterhorn from Gornergrat Mountain. Seeing the Matterhorn in person is a must for every visitor to Switzerland. Spend a day surrounded by high Alpine peaks, with the Matterhorn in view at all times. With your tour guide, discover the old part of Zermatt. Head to Gornergrat Mountain and prepare to be amazed by some picture-perfect views of the Matterhorn and other mountain ranges. Your knowledgeable tour guide will accompany you on the tour from the starting point, showing you the changing landscapes, and answering any questions about the country and its people. Pick up interesting insights and see some hidden gems of the area.

From Basel: Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat Small Group Tour

8. From Basel: Zermatt and Mt. Gornergrat Small Group Tour

See the Matterhorn in person on your trip to Switzerland. Visit the alpine village of Zermatt with its typical chalet-style homes, surrounded by high alpine peaks and a constant view of the Matterhorn. Follow alongside your tour guide as you discover the old part of Zermatt and the Gornergrat mountain, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Matterhorn. Your expert local guide will be with you all the way from the beginning of the tour, and will show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Your guide knows the way and will show you a few places away off the beaten path.

Switzerland: Digital Swiss Coupon Pass

9. Switzerland: Digital Swiss Coupon Pass

Experience the highlights of Switzerland with the Swiss Coupon Pass and enjoy selected 2-for-1 benefits in 11 cities: Basel, Bern, Geneva, Interlaken, Lucerne, Lugarno, Montreux, St. Gallen, St. Moritz, Zermatt and Zurich.  With the 100 exclusive 50% discount coupons save over 4,500 Swiss Francs and discover many attractions and activities in all of Switzerland. Enjoy countless discounts at restaurants, take a gourmet cruise and use your vouchers for a lavish shopping tour. Visit museums and leisure parks, see the highlights of the city on a guided tour or cruise through the city on a Segway. Discount offers available for: • Tourist attractions, adventure parks, museums • Guided Tours on foot, by coach, mini-Train and Segway • Restaurants (Swiss and international cuisine) • UNESCO Sites and Swiss Castles • Swiss mountain and cruise tours and dining experiences • Entrance fees for pools and thermal baths • Rentals (cars, motorcycles, bicycles and sports equipment) • Chocolate, milk, and cheese experiences • Europcar (discount and additional driver for free)

Swiss Coupon Pass: 2-for-1 Offers in Switzerland

10. Swiss Coupon Pass: 2-for-1 Offers in Switzerland

The coupon book contains 100 exclusive vouchers with 50% discounts on food, sightseeing tours, entrance fees to tourist attractions, theme parks, UNESCO world heritage sights, Swiss castles, car and motorbike rental as well as class upgrades for train and boat journeys with a total value of 4,500 CHF. The Swiss Coupon Pass is available in English and German. Choose to either have your pass delivered (only available in Switzerland) or pick it up in Zurich, Geneva or Basel.

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What people are saying about Zermatt

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 138 reviews

Julio was awesome. He knows what he is doing and has the experience to jump in any type of safe condition. My only slight issue was the lack of knowledge ahead of time that I would have to buy a ticket to go to the top of Rothhorn mountain. Fortunately I had my SwissPass with me so I got a discount but you should figure on adding at least 26 CHF and 40 CHF for thr video. Would definitely recommend this!

easy voucher exchange and then you go at your own pace - play in the snow - go tubing - explore the ice cave - it's up to you - stop in Trogener Steg on the way down and have a great self serve meal outdoors with the matterhorn towering above you -

Easy purchase-validation process! Just take a screenshot of the barcode of the pass and the train regulators will scan it :)

WOW what a ride!! A bit expensive but well worth the ride to the top for the views.

Had a fantastic trip. Very easy to get on the bus, boat or train.