The village route starts at the village square in the centre of Zermatt, located between Migros and the tennis court. The route heads along Wiestistrasse to Petit-Village, with lovely views of the village of the Zermatt and the majestic Matterhorn behind it. After enjoying the view, head via the village past Hotel Cervo to Restaurant Ried, a perfect place to stop for a rest and a bite to eat. Surrounded by the gentle rustling of the larch forests, the route then heads back into the village and up to the Winkelmatten area, where the small park near the chapel offers a different perspective of the Matterhorn. The benches are also perfect for another break. The route back to the starting point heads past the St. Mauritius parish church, through the English quarter and the old part of Zermatt village. It’s well worth climbing off by the ancient wooden houses and taking some time to admire the rural architecture.
- Incredible views
- Route on paved roads only
- Always wear gloves and a helmet.
- Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
- Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
- When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
- All riding is at one’s own risk.
Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk. *The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.
Tips and hintsGuidelines for Mountain Bike Riders
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.
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”.
- Bike in excellent working order
- Helmet, gloves and (trail) bell
- Repair kit in case of any defects
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
- Food and drink