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Europa Trail

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  • Europa Trail with the the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps
    / Europa Trail with the the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps
    Photo: Valentin Flauraud, Zermatt - Matterhorn
  • / Hiking on the Europa Trail with new routing
    Photo: Fabienne Fux, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / View above Randa
    Photo: Paul Summermatter, Zermatt - Matterhorn
  • / View of the Randa rockfall and the Klein Matterhorn further back in the valley.
    Photo: Fabienne Fux, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps above Randa and near Zermatt.
    Photo: Valentin Flauraud, Zermatt - Matterhorn
  • / Along the Europaweg
    Photo: Paul Summermatter, Zermatt - Matterhorn
  • / Location of the suspension bridge
    Photo: Zermatt - Matterhorn
  • / The route profile at a glance
    Photo: Eric Pointner, Rovina + Partner AG, Zermatt - Matterhorn
  • / Official Trailer - the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps
    Video: Zermatt - Matterhorn
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The Europa Trail between Grächen and Zermatt is considered by many to be the most beautiful 2-day hike in the Alps. The views along this mountain panorama including the Matterhorn are famous around the world.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

Distance 33.4 km
13:30 h
2,550 m
1,882 m

These breathtakingly stunning views of nature were used as orientation points by those responsible for mapping out the path in the villages of St. Niklaus, Grächen, Randa, Täsch and Zermatt to create the Europaweg in 1997. The first stage from Grächen was redesigned in 2021 and now leads on a varied and spectacular route to the Europa Hut above Randa. From here it goes over the suspension bridge – the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps which traverses the Grabengufer. The bridge is 494 m long and 85 m above the chasm below at its highest point. The path then continues in the direction of Täschalp and finally to Zermatt.

  • Herbriggen: Intermediate stage with hotel accommodation

  • Täschalp: cheese and Ziger soft cheese for sale

Author’s recommendation

The pedestrian suspension bridge (Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge) opened in the summer of 2017. It is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps.

  • Since there is a grated walkway underfoot along the half-kilometre suspension bridge, it is best if one is not afraid of heights (also applies to children and dogs).
  • Possible trial tour to test for a fear of heights: at Furi above Zermatt. This suspension footbridge is 100 m long and 90 m above the Gorner Gorge.
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Update: October 11, 2021
Highest point
2,347 m
Lowest point
1,310 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Buffet Bar Sunnegga
Täschalp Restaurant & Lodge

Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
  • Avoid the bridge during storms (thunder and lightning)
  • Not having a fear of heights is an advantage. Find out whether children and or dogs would cross the bridge (grated walkway); see the “Tip from the author” section.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Tips and hints


Grächen (1,620 m) (1,619 m)
2'630'912E 1'116'115N
46.195792, 7.839082
46°11'44.9"N 7°50'20.7"E
32T 410425 5116456


Sunnegga (2,288 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

The first stage between Grächen and the Europa Hut above Randa was reopened in July 2021. The original route was closed due to imminent danger of rock falls$



First Stage:
Grächen - Herbriggen - Randa - Europa Hut (6.5 - 7.5h)


Second Stage:
Europa Hut - Zermatt (6 -7h)
Europa Hut - Suspension Bridge - Täschalp - Tufteren - Sunnegga


Note: The crossing of the suspension bridge takes about 10 minutes. Please heed the safety instructions.


North-south tour from Grächen: One sets off in the direction of the Matterhorn and sees the north wall of the Matterhorn as well as the Hörnligrat time and again.
South-north tour from Zermatt: One walks in the direction of the Bernese Alps and has the Bietschhorn in plain view, among other peaks.

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Europaweg”.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.


Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.


Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.


Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.


Onward travel: see “Getting there”.


2'630'912E 1'116'115N
46.195792, 7.839082
46°11'44.9"N 7°50'20.7"E
32T 410425 5116456
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


We recommend:

  • Good, sturdy footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and water

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Chloé Garvi · August 03, 2020 · Community
Hi ! We are 2 persons and we want to do the Europaweg in 2 days from Grachen to Zermatt, sleeping 1 night in a lodge (we found the Europa Hutte. Is it the only place to sleep ?). But I just saw that the trail between Grachen and the Europa hutte is closed. Is it possible to start the hike from an other point ? Herbriggen maybe (how many hours to the Europa Hutte) ? Thanks a lot ! BR
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Answered by Arnold Allweier · August 09, 2020 · Community propose to start in Herbriggen
Question from laura Raiteri · July 14, 2020 · Community
Hi! I have a couple of questions about the 2 days Grachen to Zermatt tour: 1) are there chalet/ resto to stop for water/lunch during both days? 2) I read there is an easier trail option for one of the 2 days but I don't understand if is open in summer 2020. Many thanks!
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Answered by Stephan Soder  · July 20, 2020 · Community
This is the easier version of this trail


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