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Hamlet of Furi

Historical Site · Wallis
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The hamlet of Furi (1,867 m) was once a “Maiensäss”, a high settlement where farming families lived for the summer. Today, Furi promises a whole world of family attractions, from the glacier garden to fun playgrounds.

At Furi, several attractive restaurants and a hotel invite visitors to linger. The many old buildings are authentic Walser mountain houses, barns and stores. Furi became famous, however, because of its glacier garden. The first glacier mill was discovered in 1966 by the Zermatt hotelier and nature lover Yvo Biner. The glacier garden is a relic of the last ice age.

  • Dossen glacier garden
  • Suspension footbridge, 90 m high, 100 m long
  • Playgrounds
  • Barbecue areas
  • Cable car hub: gondolas of the Matterhorn Express and the Riffelberg Express
  • Furi chapel, “Schmerzhafte Muttergottes”
  • Hotel and many restaurants
  • Located by hiking trails and ski pistes
  • Holiday homes and chalets for rental

Reading
“Alp- und Bergbeizli Zermatt” by Gisela Schlotterbeck, published by Weber Verlag, Thun. With portraits of 47 mountain restaurants; in German only. ISBN 978-3-906033-10-5.

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Updated: October 11, 2017

Coordinates

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46.002224, 7.729196
DMS
46°00'08.0"N 7°43'45.1"E
UTM
32T 401602 5095079
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Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
7.4 km
1:45 h
403 m
804 m
4.9 km
1:10 h
25 m
286 m
4.9 km
1:40 h
442 m
114 m
9.1 km
1:05 h
755 m
41 m
4.4 km
1:40 h
15 m
734 m
15.8 km
2:10 h
536 m
536 m
142.7 km
60:00 h
10651 m
10456 m
2.4 km
1:00 h
263 m
25 m
7.6 km
2:30 h
123 m
1185 m
2.9 km
1:00 h
138 m
138 m
12.7 km
1:20 h
223 m
1167 m
2.3 km
1:00 h
273 m
20 m
19.8 km
5:50 h
558 m
1277 m
2.7 km
1:00 h
217 m
24 m
163.1 km
58:00 h
10386 m
10389 m
6.2 km
1:50 h
123 m
838 m
63.9 km
17:30 h
4191 m
4180 m
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White Magic Trail (Nr. 143)

moderate
7.4 km
1:45 h
403 m
804 m
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Furi Trail

easy
4.9 km
1:10 h
25 m
286 m
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Furi-Stafel (Nr. 122)

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4.9 km
1:40 h
442 m
114 m
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Mountainbiking · Zermatt

Furi-Schwarzsee Bike Tour (Nr. 21)

S0 difficult
9.1 km
1:05 h
755 m
41 m
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Larch Trail (Nr. 28)

moderate
4.4 km
1:40 h
15 m
734 m
The Larch Trail leads across alpine pastures, along sparse forest that is home to numerous gnarled and ancient Swiss stone pine trees and tall ...
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Mountainbiking · Zermatt

Glacier Garden Loop Bike Tour (Nr. 24)

S1 easy
15.8 km
2:10 h
536 m
536 m
The Glacier Garden Loop is an ideal beginner's trail and a great way to discover the area around the village. It’s not all about technical sections ...
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Matterhorn Tour

difficult
142.7 km
60:00 h
10651 m
10456 m
This is the ultimate hike around the world’s most beautiful mountain, the Matterhorn. The tour begins in Randa and leads anticlockwise around the ...
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moderate
7.4 km
2:45 h
433 m
433 m
This hike leads to the dramatic rugged terrain of the lower Gorner glacier. During the last 150 years, it has retreated by over 3,000 m.
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Winter hiking · Switzerland

Zermatt-Furi (via Zum See) (Nr. 119)

moderate
2.4 km
1:00 h
263 m
25 m
This winter hiking trail leads straight from Zermatt to Furi, with an optional break in the hamlet of Zum See.
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Regional hiking trail · Switzerland

Drover Trail (Nr. 25)

difficult
7.6 km
2:30 h
123 m
1185 m
This hike of some eight kilometres is tough, either way round. As a descent, it puts quite a strain on the knees; anyone hiking it uphill, starting ...
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Theme trail · Switzerland

Furi Suspension Bridge Trail (Nr. 17a)

easy
2.9 km
1:00 h
138 m
138 m
The suspension footbridge soars 90 vertical metres above the Gornerschlucht gorge. The view down to the foaming water of the Gornera river reveals ...
3
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Dirt Scooters on Schwarzsee

moderate
12.7 km
1:20 h
223 m
1167 m
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Winter hiking · Switzerland

Zermatt-Furi (via Blatten) (Nr. 118)

moderate
2.3 km
1:00 h
273 m
20 m
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difficult
19.8 km
5:50 h
558 m
1277 m
The trail to the Schönbiel Hut is full of variety; the view from the hut of the north face of the Matterhorn is breathtaking.
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easy
2.7 km
1:00 h
217 m
24 m
This winter hiking trail crosses the quarter at the far end of Zermatt in the direction of Furi. Along the way it leads across snow-blanketed ...
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Long distance hiking trail · Zermatt

Tour Monte Rosa - Matterhorn

difficult
163.1 km
58:00 h
10386 m
10389 m
This tour around the Monte Rosa massif is one of the finest long-distance hikes in the Alps. Requirements: fitness and stamina.
1
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Theme trail · Switzerland

Glacier Garden Trail (Nr. 17)

difficult
6.2 km
1:50 h
123 m
838 m
The Gorner Glacier sculpted this landscape over many millennia. Today, hikers marvel at the polished rocks and boulders, the ice of the glacier ...
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Long distance hiking trail · Zermatt

The Matterhorn Trek

moderate
63.9 km
17:30 h
4191 m
4180 m
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