The via ferrata Schweifinen (fixed-cable climb) leads high above the roofs of Zermatt. The three sections – A, B and C – require different levels of ability. Route A is suitable for families with children from the age of 10.
An information panel shows the way to the start of the via ferrata on the Turuwang. Walking time from the railway station to the entry point: approx. 30 minutes. The via ferrata in Zermatt requires agility, a good head for heights and a sure foot. After the first section, there’s an ideal spot for a picnic. Close by is the Beresina hut.
This recalls the era of the Napoleonic wars. Valais had been occupied by Napoleon in 1799, and each municipality was required to provide a young man to enrol for combat in Russia. In Zermatt no one came forward, so a tempting offer was made: whoever signed up for military service would receive, on return from the Russian campaign, the stable with a lush pasture up on the Turuwang. At last a young man volunteered. At the battle of Beresina about 1,000 Swiss lost their lives, and the young man from Zermatt never came home.
The Beresina hut with its view of the village is suitable for the first break to catch your breath.
Bring drinking water; the rock walls often radiate a great deal of heat.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
Note: Take note of the weather. On a via ferrata with metal elements, a storm can be deadly.
Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot and mountain experience are all needed