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Zermatt-Täsch Railway Trail (Nr. 50)

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  • Walking in view of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn railway line
    / Walking in view 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) just before Täsch
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Leander Wenger
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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
1:20 h
27 m
198 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 9 am 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 on the way out of 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.

  • Alpine columbine and other mountain flowers, depending on season
  • 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.
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Updated: November 13, 2020
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
1,632 m
Lowest point
1,438 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.
  • Beware: railway crossing

 

Note: Please take note when the path is closed from late autumn to spring: avalanche danger!

Start

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,605 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.023663, 7.748101
DMS
46°01'25.2"N 7°44'53.2"E
UTM
32T 403104 5097438
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Destination

Täsch (1,450 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt (station) - Täsch (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 55)

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

Note


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.

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”.

Coordinates

DD
46.023663, 7.748101
DMS
46°01'25.2"N 7°44'53.2"E
UTM
32T 403104 5097438
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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 Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, 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
1:20h
Ascent
27 m
Descent
198 m
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