Zermatt, in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing, and hiking. The town, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Its main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels, and restaurants, and also has a lively après-ski scene. There are public outdoor rinks for ice-skating and curling.
Cable cars, cogwheel trains, and gondolas serve Zermatt’s interconnected ski areas, with more than 350 km of pistes below mountain peaks like Klein Matterhorn. Renowned for its high-altitude ski conditions and pistes which lead into Italy, Zermatt also offers summer skiing and snowboarding on the Theodul Glacier. There is over 400km of hiking and mountain-biking trails in the area, including mule traders' routes dating back to the Middle Ages. Climbers planning to ascend 4,478m-high Matterhorn use Zermatt as their base. The Glacier Express train travels from Zermatt through the Alps to St. Moritz, with panoramic views en route.