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Gourmet Trail (Nr. 6)

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  • Various restaurants along the way
    / Various restaurants along the way
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • On the path heading towards Findeln
    / On the path heading towards Findeln
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • Gourmet treats at the many mountain restaurants
    / Gourmet treats at the many mountain restaurants
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
Map / Gourmet Trail (Nr. 6)
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Anyone visiting Zermatt for the first time will marvel at the Gourmetweg (Gourmet Path), which leads past numerous mountain restaurants with a global reputation.

moderate
8.8 km
2:25 h
276 m
946 m

All along this trail, hikers repeatedly face a quandary: stop for a bite or keep walking? To maximise freedom of choice, it’s best to allow a lot of time for this walk – ideally the whole day. The mountain restaurants en route serve top-class cuisine and delicious local specialities, and all boast inviting sun terraces ideal for soaking up the spectacular panoramic views at leisure.

Author’s recommendation

Although there are many restaurants along the trail, walkers should bring drinking water. A glass or two of wine at the restaurant will bring on a thirst on the way home.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).

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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: September 19, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2278 m
Lowest point
1608 m
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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.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Sun cream and sun glasses for the sun terrace in the mountain restaurants

Start

Sunnegga (2'288 m) (2277 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.016986, 7.770354
UTM
32T 404814 5096669

Destination

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Sunnegga - Findeln - Patrullarve - Ried - Zermatt (station)

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

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

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.

Parking

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”.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Alp- und Bergbeizli Zermatt". Gisela Schlotterbeck, Weber Verlag, Thun. Mit Porträts von 47 Bergrestaurants. Deutsch. ISBN 978-3-906033-10-5.

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.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.8 km
Duration
2:25 h
Ascent
276 m
Descent
946 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent

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Highest point
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