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Private Airport Shuttles to & From Zermatt 

Zermatt is unique in many ways. First of all, the whole town is car-free, so getting there is a little bit different to heading to your usual ski resort.

With Zermatt transfers from Geneva Airport taking you as far as Tasch, where everyone then steps onboard the fast, efficient and frequent trains that take just 10 minutes to get you to the centre of resort.


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From there, it's a very pleasant walk to where you're going. Alternatively, most hotels have electric shuttle buses that will come and pick you and your luggage up, or you can jump in one of the funky little electric taxis that whizz all around Zermatt (at a maximum speed of 20km/h, we might add!).

Zermatt Destination Guide 

The home of the Matterhorn!

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Zermatt made the conscious decision to be car-free to protect the incredible non-polluted view of what has to be the world's most visually iconic mountain - the Matterhorn. Many have said that Zermatt has a unique atmosphere, as Mother Nature is shown off at its absolute best, with exceptional views of that incredible, pyramid-shaped mountain from pretty much everywhere in town.

Zermatt stunning lakeIndeed the Matterhorn (or Cervin to the French) that straddles Switzerland and Italy is certainly in imposing. At 4478m it's not the highest summit in Europe, but it is certainly the most impressive. Towering down on you, it's pretty much impossible to not take a stunning photograph. She is not alone though, with no fewer than 38 of the 54 surrounding summits coming in at over 4000m, making for pretty amazing panoramas.

zermatt town centre at night by the lights

Little wonder than, that Zermatt has a long and very deep history with mountaineering and alpinism. The origins of Zermatt can be traced right back to serval thousand years BC, with vines and wine production documented around year 0 and Zermatt becoming a right of passage in the Middle Ages for those transferring commercial goods through Zermatt and in to Italy.

Zermatt hitoryAs for tourism, the Monte Rosa hotel opened in 1852 and the Zermatt guide company was founded in 1858, with that first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865. If you don't know the history of that first summit of the majestic Matterhorn it is as fascinating as it is mysterious and tragic, with only British explorer Edward Whymper and his two Zermatt guides Peter Taugwalder father and son returning from their successful summit as a team of seven…

This is the perfect moment to recommend a visit to the Matterhorn museum in Zermatt, right next to the very grand Zermatterhof hotel. Then wander just around the corner and you'll get to the Mountaineer's cemetery - a sobering and moving place, that reminds us just how small we all are.

Beautiful Zermatt old Town centreNo one can deny Zermatt is humbling, yet incredibly inspiring. This is the stuff of bucket lists and when you leave the hustle and bustle of Geneva Airport behind and transfer to this charming town at the very end of the valley, we think you'll agree Zermatt has a definite aura about it.

Skiing in Zermatt

The Gornergrat train (the one right opposite the main train station) opened in summer only from 1890 and in 1928 began transporting skiers in the winter. By the 1940s Zermatt had developed into an impressive ski resort. Zermatt today is still pretty spread out, so it takes some effort to ski all the different areas, but it is well worth it.

Zermatt Sunegga funicular connecting town to the pistes- Rothorn/Sunegga - this 1584m long underground funicular opened in 1980 and connects to the bubble and cable car that arrives at 3103m, with pistes all around. The beginner/kids area at the arrival station of the funicular is particularly impressive with an elevator-style lift and covered 'magic carpet' and, of course, great across-the-valley views of that Toblerone-shaped mountain

Zermat accommodation- Gornergrat/Riffelberg - this impressive rack and pinion railway opens in summer and winter, running all the way to the Gornergrat plateau at 3098m, where you'll find the 3100 Kulmhotel and observatory. If you book a night here, you can expect extraordinary sunset and sunrise views of the Matterhorn and you'll be first on the pistes in the morning. Freeriders also head from here to Stockhorn and Hohtalli for the best off piste skiing

The Matterhorn Zermatt Switzerland- Matterhorn Glacier/Schwarzee - this is at the furthest end of the town from the train station (it takes around 30 mins to walk from one end to the other) and you are whisked to the highest point of the domaine, the Petit Cervin at 3883m, in a four stage bubble and cable car. From here you can take successive pistes down to town at 1620m, covering 21km as you go

Watch out for the Gandegg drag lift - at 3899m it's the longest in the world and the Furggsattel lift starts in Switzerland and arrives in Italy and is actually anchored in the glacier. Skiing all around this area is excellent and it's where you can ski in summer. And don't forget, on Mountain Drop-offs transfers from Geneva to Zermatt, ski and snowboard carriage is free, all year round.

Zermatt in the summer

Zermatt Events

Snowy Zermatt at night

As well as mountaineering, skiing and sightseeing, Zermatt hosts a number of high-profile events throughout the year:

Zermatt unplugged festival runs 5th April until the 9th- Zermatt Unplugged  - the annual music event has been attracting world-class musicians to Zermatt in the springtime since 2007. With gigs organised in bars and hotels around town, as well as the main event marquee on the tennis courts, everyone from Lionel Ritchie and Chris de Burgh to Skunk Anansie and OneRepublic have featured on the impressive bill

Zermatt Alpine racing- Patrouille des Glaciers - this gruelling mountaineering ski race in April/May has been run since the Second World War and is a bi-annual event. Ski alpinists tackle the tough mountain route from Zermatt to Verbier via Arolla, covering 53km and 4000m of ascent. The record time for this team event is just 5hrs 52 minutes. Makes us feel tired just writing about it

Zermatt Marathon July 2016- Zermatt Marathons - the main marathon event is in July, with the Ultraks Trail events in August. Both competitions involve running up and down a lot of mountain paths and there are now several different races including an ultra marathon and a half marathon, so pop on your lycra, take your pick of the races and sign up to run!

Zermatt food festival- Swiss Food Festival - the main 'Bahnhofstrasse' street is transformed into a street food paradise with stalls and huts selling all sorts of food and drink. The whole event, which is usually in August, is combined with the annual Folklore Festival, where up to 3000 musicians play live music to accompany your eating and drinking throughout the town

Chamber music factory in Zermatt every September- Zermatt Music Festival and Academy - every year in September, Zermatt hosts the unique Chamber Music academy to encourage rising classical stars and puts on a full programme of concerts in hotels, bars and churches all around resort

But even if you're not in Zermatt for any of these events, simply breathe in that lovely fresh mountain air, wander around the delightful wooden 'raccards' chalets in the twisting alleyways of the old town, head up the mountain, go hiking, visit the Glacier Paradise and the Ice Palace 15m underground, eat fondue in town and have a drink in one of the very cool 'boutique' design bars - and all that's without even mentioning the excellent skiing!

If you've been tempted by our guide into visiting this remarkable town, Mountain Drop-offs offers private airport transfers to Zermatt from Geneva Airport all year round.

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