City Orientation Walk, Zermatt (Self Guided)

Zermatt is a small mountain town that attracts tourists mostly by its natural beauty and skiing opportunities. There are however some interesting attractions in the town itself that will reveal the history of this region, culture and traditions of its people. Take this self-guided tour to explore the best attractions in Zermatt.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Switzerland » Zermatt (See other walking tours in Zermatt)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Author: vickyc
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Zermatt Church

1) Zermatt Church (must see)

There is a Catholic Church in the center of Zermatt. The church has a high tower with a clock on it. The inside of the church is very richly decorated; everything is shining like gold. Behind the church you will find a graveyard. There are many interesting tombstones. Most of the tombs are those of young people who tried to climb the famous Matterhorn Mount and died tragically.
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Marmot Fountain

2) Marmot Fountain (must see)

Marmot Fountain is a statue of several marmots with fountains. These animals are representative of Alpine flora and fauna. The fountain is situated at the corner of the square where the church and Matterhorn museum are located. It depicts several busy marmots. This charming Marmot Fountain was built in 1902 and is a landmark of Zermatt.
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Matterhorn Museum

3) Matterhorn Museum (must see)

The Matterhorn Museum in Zermatt is dedicated to recounting the history and development of tourism in the Zermatt area, including the story of the first ascent to the Alpine mount Matterhorn by Edward Whymper and party, and featuring a reconstituted mountain village consisting of 14 houses (church, hotel, huts and granaries).

The museum displays one of the two stones that Claude Nicollier took from the summit and brought with him on to the Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-61 mission in 1993. The other stone was put back on the summit.

Opening hours:
3pm - 6pm (Mon-Sun); Daily: 11am - 18 pm (Jul 1- Sep 30); Fri-Sun 3pm - 6pm (Nov 22-Dec 22).
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Mountaineers' Cemetery

4) Mountaineers' Cemetery (must see)

There is a big, historical Mountaineers' Cemetery in the area close to the Anglican Saint Peter's Church. There are old gravestones that tell the stories of many young people who passionately tried to conquer the summit of Matterhorn and died there tragically.
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St. Peter's Church

5) St. Peter's Church

Anglican St. Peter's Church is set on high land in Zermatt and can be seen from many parts of the town. The building of the church is not big and impressive, but still worth visiting. Inside you can see beautiful ceiling paintings. The church was built 140 years ago and retains the history and traditions of this mountaineering region. You will see many plaques in this historic church in memory of mountaineers whose lives were connected with Alps.
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Zermatter Swiss Souvenirs

6) Zermatter Swiss Souvenirs

Zermatter Swiss Souvenirs is a gift shop. The shop offers original Swiss souvenirs such as T-shirts with Matterhorn Mount on it and Swiss chocolate, with the same mount painted on the packs. This highest mountain is seen from everywhere in Zermatt. One can also buy famous Swiss watches here.
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Gornergrat Railway

7) Gornergrat Railway (must see)

Gornergrat Railway will no doubt provide you with some of the most exciting experiences in your life. It will lift you up and you will see the fantastic panoramic view of unearthly beauty. Gornergrat Raylway is the highest open-air train station in Switzerland, it is the second highest railway in Europe. This electric railway has been transporting tourists high into the mountains since 1898, it lies surrounded by 29 peaks rising above 4,000 m. There is a station square by this railway where you will find tea-rooms and cafes with terraces.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Z'Art Gallery

8) Z'Art Gallery

Z'Art Gallery was established by Heinz Margotis, now a photographer. Z'Art is a restaurant and then there is the gallery. Heinz Margotis transmits his love for mountains and the picturesque region around Zermatt through the arts. He displays photos of the beautiful Alps in the gallery.

Opening hours:

11:45am- 2:30pm/ 5pm-12am (Mon-Fri); 5pm-12am (Sat); closed- (Sun).
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Snowboat Caffe

9) Snowboat Caffe

Snowboat Caffe is a unique bar, restaurant and club designed in the shape of boat. There are open air places to sits and a huge aquarium that decorates the bar. There is a live band and many different drinks such as like beers, schnapps and cocktails. This is a very popular bar après ski, as it is close to the route that leads to the ski lift.
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Zermatt Mountain Cable Ways

10) Zermatt Mountain Cable Ways

Zermatt Mountain Cable Ways will take you high into the mountains and show the unforgettable natural beauty of the Alpine Mountains that are the major attraction of Zermatt. You will experience thriving feelings while going up and down in the cabins of this funicular.

Walking Tours in Zermatt, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Zermatt

Create Your Own Walk in Zermatt

Creating your own self-guided walk in Zermatt is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Zermat Bahnhofstrasse Nightlife Walking Tour

Zermat Bahnhofstrasse Nightlife Walking Tour

Zermatt offers a diverse night out after skiing. The most prestigious bars and discos are located on the main street, Bahnhofstrasse. This self-guided tour will lead you to the bars, pubs and discos in the centre of Zermatt along the Bahnhoffstrasse.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Zermatt for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Zermatt has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Zermatt, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.