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Matterhorn Trail (Nr. 29)

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  • Hike along the Matterhorn Trail
    / Hike along the Matterhorn Trail
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / "Maria zum Schnee" chapel at Schwarzsee
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Numerous information panels along the hiking trail
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
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The Matterhorn, the ultimate mountain… This trail explores its many facets: its physical origins, its stories and legends, its very essence.
Distance 9.8 km
2:55 h
0 m
981 m

All kinds of stories are told about the Matterhorn: folk talks, legends, amusing anecdotes… This trail, which presents the world-famous mountain from quite close up, features a series of information panels that cover many different aspects of the iconic peak.

Did you know that the Matterhorn was made by giants from Valtournenche? Or that there were once plans to build a lift to the summit of the Matterhorn (see literature note)? Carved wooden sculptures beautifully depict different themes and stories.

  • Idyllic chapels at Schwarzsee and in Zmutt
  • Good view of the north face of the Matterhorn
  • Information panels in German, English, French, Japanese

Author’s recommendation

Stafel cheese dairy: visitors can buy cheese and Ziger soft cheese on the spot in summer. The alpine meadow, with its simple benches and tables, is a good place to stop for refreshments.
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Update: December 03, 2020
Highest point
2,587 m
Lowest point
1,605 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Jägerstube Zmutt

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.

Tips and hints

All about the Matterhorn


Schwarzsee (2,583 m) (2,586 m)
2'620'957E 1'093'402N
45.991860, 7.709116
45°59'30.7"N 7°42'32.8"E
32T 400029 5093953


Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Schwarzsee - Stafelalp - Zmutt - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 3h 45)


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”.


2'620'957E 1'093'402N
45.991860, 7.709116
45°59'30.7"N 7°42'32.8"E
32T 400029 5093953
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Themen erwandern in Zermatt", Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, Eigenverlag, Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, ISBN 978-3-905756-68-5. Erhältlich bei den Zermatt Bergbahnen AG im Shop auf Matterhorn glacier paradise, via E-Mail oder per Telefon auf +41 (0)27 966 01 01. "Zermatter Sagen und Legenden", Karl Lehner, Neuauflage von 1982, ZAP CH-3900 Brig, ohne ISBN-Nummer "Der Wächter des Matterhorns – mein Leben auf der Hörnlihütte", Kurt Lauber. Droemer Verlag 2012. Deutsch, evtl. Japanisch. ISBN 978-3-426-27573-3. "Der Wahrheit näher – die Katastrophe am Matterhorn von 1865", Hannes Taugwalder und Martin Jaggi, Glendyn Verlag Aarau, 2013. Deutsch. Ohne ISBN-Nr. Erhältlich in der Buchhandlugn ZAP, Zermatt. "Das Matterhorn aus Afrika – die Entstehungsgeschichte der Alpen in der Erdgeschichte", Michel Marthaler, A4, 2013, Ott Verlag AG, Deutsch und Französisch. ISBN 978-3-7225-0133-8

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.


We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • 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.

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Bernd Neuhardt / Laufschule Saarpfalz 
September 13, 2018 · Community
Einfach genial - herrliche Landschaft und tolle Eindrücke, gerade auch in Zmutt
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When did you do this route? August 26, 2018

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