His hike takes him to the Hotel Riffelhaus, Zermatt’s oldest mountain hostelry built in 1855. The Grand Hotel Riffelalp was under construction at that time. In the following years it became known as “The playground of European high society”. Not one hundred years later the hotel was completely destroyed by fire and not reopened until 1988.
This trail is however, not just one for seeing important touristic destinations in and around Zermatt, but is located in incomparable landscapes. Due to the openness of the region you get an uninterrupted view of the Matterhorn. Now and again the peace and quiet might be disturbed by some tinkling bells and bleating - emanating from grazing Wallis black-nosed sheep.
- Carry a map with you. Download the full trail description with a large scale map by clicking on "Print" at the top right of the page.
- Use only marked trails and follow all signs and instructions - for your own safety, to protect grazing animals and in respect of wildlife.
- Close gates after passing through.
- Be considerate of other trail users, plants and animals.
- Carry additional sun protection. UV rays at high altitudes can be very strong, even in overcast weather.
- Plan your trek carefully: take into account the required fitness level of all participants, weather forecasts and seasonality.
- Weather conditions in the mountains can change very quickly and without warning. Appropriate clothing and sufficient provisions (food and drink) are very important. If the weather is unstable, it is better to turn back early.
Tips and hintsAre you travelling to Zermatt by public transport? If you are actively travelling for several days, it is worth using the Adventure Card. This gives you free travel on a large network of trains and post buses for 2-5 days, as well as discounts on mountain railways.
Further information here:
Getting thereZermatt is car-free. We recommend travelling to Zermatt by public transport via Visp.
ParkingZermatt is car-free. The Matterhorn Terminal Täsch in Täsch is a covered multi-storey car park - under one roof with the Täsch railway station, where you can change directly to the Zermatt Shuttles. We generally recommend travelling by public transport via Visp.
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
Book recommendations for this region:
- Good footwear and snowshoes of suitable size.
- Weatherproof and warm clothing
- Sun protection
- Water bottle
- Binoculars (optional)
- Walking sticks (optional)
- Printout of the route (click "Print" to download)