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Glacier Garden Loop Bike Tour (Nr. 24)

Mountainbiking · Zermatt
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  • Over the suspension bridge back to Furi
    / Over the suspension bridge back to Furi
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Nick Wicki
  • / An ideal beginner's trail
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Nick Wicki
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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; instead, the focus is on the enjoyment of biking.

easy
15.8 km
2:10 h
536 m
536 m

From Zermatt, you head up towards Furi on Moosstrasse. When you reach Schweigmatten, the path branches off to the Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). The path gradually becomes steeper and there a few tough metres of ascent. Once you arrive at the Glacier Garden, it’s worth stopping for a rest. If you still have some power you continue pedalling to the ‘Gletschertor’ and admiring the wild landscape at the spur of the Gorner Glacier.

The route then continues over the suspension bridge back to Furi. From there, you ride the Moos-Trail back to Zermatt.

  • This route can also be ridden on an E-Bike

Author’s recommendation

At the Glacier Garden, there is a fire pit and a play area in the forest. The Gletschergarten Loop is therefore ideal for a family outing.

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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: May 20, 2020

Difficulty
S1 easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2091 m
Lowest point
1600 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Farmerhaus
Furri
Simi
Aroleid Kollektiv

Safety information

  • 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.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • 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

Tips, hints and links

Guidelines for Mountain Bike Riders

Start

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1605 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.023655, 7.748097
UTM
32T 403103 5097437

Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt - Furi - Schweigmatten - glacier garden - glacier gate - suspension bridge - Furi - Zermatt

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”.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
S1 easy
Distance
15.8 km
Duration
2:10h
Ascent
536 m
Descent
536 m
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