Zermatt Introduction Walking Tour, Zermatt

Zermatt Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Zermatt

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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Zermatt Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Zermatt Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Switzerland » Zermatt (See other walking tours in Zermatt)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Zermatt Church
  • Marmot Fountain
  • Matterhorn Museum
  • Mountaineers' Cemetery
  • St. Peter's Church
  • Gornergrat Railway
  • Zermatt Mountain Cable Ways
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Gornergrat Railway

6) 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.
Zermatt Mountain Cable Ways

7) 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.