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Täsch-Zermatt Railway Trail (Nr. 50)

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  • Walking with views of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn railway line
    / Walking with views of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn railway line
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
  • / Marmots can be seen at many spots along the way
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Jasmin Scherrer
  • / Along the Bahnweg (Railway Trail)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Leander Wenger
m 1700 1600 1500 1400 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Bahnhof Zermatt Bahnhof Täsch Air Zermatt "Schweizer Familie"-Feue … Mettelbrücke Kapelle Fuxstein

The Railway Trail makes an ideal family walk, offering close-up views of trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. The area along the path is also home to marmots and many alpine flowers including some very rare species.
easy
6 km
1:55 h
348 m
174 m

The path leads through a variety of terrain, across forest, meadows and pastures. Here the star attractions are the trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn – and, just before 9am and just after 5pm, the Glacier Express with its panoramic carriages. As walkers approach the large marmot colony, the furry rodents whistle in alarm and disappear into their burrows (the noise of the trains, however, does not disturb them at all). Hikers only have to sit still for a while for the charming creatures to appear again.

At the Air Zermatt heliport at the entrance to Zermatt, weather permitting, walkers can watch the movements of the helicopters. The dramatic take-offs and landings are often a matter of life and death. On occasions, a helicopter will return from a mission with the mountain rescuer still balancing on the landing skid.

  • Depending on season, alpine columbine and other mountain flowers
  • Marmots
  • Barbecue site with picnic area
  • Appropriate for children from age 4

Author’s recommendation

The benches above the Air Zermatt helicopter base are an invitation to sit and ponder. Depending on their missions, you can also watch the Air Zermatt team at work in the helicopter base.
outdooractive.com User
Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 18, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1629 m
Lowest point
1434 m
Best time of year
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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.
  • Beware: railway crossing

 

Note: Please take note when the path is closed between late autumn and spring: avalanche risk!

Start

Täsch (1,450 m) (1434 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.067697, 7.775261
UTM
32T 405281 5102298

Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Täsch (station) - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 20)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Bahnweg Täsch - Zermatt”.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Täsch: less than 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 Täsch.

Getting there

The drive from Visp to Täsch takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.

Parking

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

Book recommendation by the author

"Bergblumenwelt von Zermatt – Alpine Flowers around Zermatt“, Hanspeter Steindle, edition punktuell, CH-9101 Herisau, 2009, zweisprachige Ausgabe Deutsch und Englisch. ISBN 978-3-905724-15-8 "Unsere Alpenflora", Elias Landolt, SAC-Verlag, Deutsch, Französisch Editions CAS, ISBN 3-85902-218-0 „Flora Helvetica“, Konrad Lauber / Gerhart Wagner, Haupt Verlag Bern, Deutsch, Französisch, ISBN 3-258-06313-3

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from the guest information centre in Täsch, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

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

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6 km
Duration
1:55h
Ascent
348 m
Descent
174 m
Round trip Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Botanical highlights

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