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Europa Trail

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  • Europaweg with the new world record suspension bridge
    / Europaweg with the new world record suspension bridge
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Valentin Flauraud
  • / View above Randa
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Paul Summermatter
  • / This is a world record: The longest suspension bridge in the world above Randa and near Zermatt.
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, CC BY-SA, Valentin Flauraud
  • / Along the Europaweg
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Paul Summermatter
  • / Location of the suspension bridge
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Gemeinde Randa
  • / Variants of the first section of the Europaweg
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Grächen & St. Niklaus Tourismus & Gewerbe
  • / Offizieller Trailer - Längste Hängebrücke der Welt
    Video: Zermatt Tourismus
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The Europa Trail between Grächen and Zermatt is considered by many to be the most beautiful 2-day hike in the Alps. The views along this mountain panorama including the Matterhorn are famous around the world.
difficult
37.7 km
16:00 h
2,363 m
1,709 m

The Europa Trail between Grächen and Zermatt is considered by many to be the most beautiful 2-day hike in the Alps. The views along this mountain panorama including the Matterhorn have made it famous around the world. These breathtakingly stunning views of nature were used as orientation points by those responsible for mapping out the path in the villages of St. Niklaus, Grächen, Randa, Täsch and Zermatt to create the Europaweg in 1997. It goes from Grächen via Gasenried to Grat. From there, it continues southwards high above the Mattertal to the Europa Hut above Randa. After a stay there, it goes over the suspension bridge – the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps which traverses the Grabengufer. The bridge is 494 m long and 85 m above the chasm below at its highest point. The path then continues in the direction of Täschalp and finally to Zermatt.

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Author’s recommendation

The pedestrian suspension bridge (Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge) opened in the summer of 2017. It is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps.

  • Since there is a grated walkway underfoot along the half-kilometre suspension bridge, it is best if one is not afraid of heights (also applies to children and dogs).
  • Possible trial tour to test for a fear of heights: at Furi above Zermatt. This suspension footbridge is 100 m long and 90 m above the Gorner Gorge.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: November 13, 2020
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
2,605 m
Lowest point
1,227 m
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Rest Stop

Buffet Bar Sunnegga
Täschalp Restaurant & Lodge
Europahütte

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.
  • Avoid the bridge during storms (thunder and lightning)
  • Not having a fear of heights is an advantage. Find out whether children and or dogs would cross the bridge (grated walkway); see the “Tip from the author” section.

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, hints and links

www.europaweg.ch

Start

Grächen (1,620 m) (1,617 m)
Coordinates:
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46.196046, 7.839210
DMS
46°11'45.8"N 7°50'21.2"E
UTM
32T 410435 5116484
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Destination

Sunnegga (2,288 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Stages::

First Stage:

Option 1: Grächen - Herbriggen - Randa - Europa Hut (7 h)

Option 2: Grächen - Herbriggen - Galenberg - Europa Hut (9 h)

 

Second Stage:

Europa Hut - Zermatt (6 -7h)

Europa Hut - Suspension Bridge - Täschalp - Tufteren - Sunnegga

 

Note: The crossing of the suspension bridge takes about 15 minutes. Please heed the safety instructions.

 

North-south tour from Grächen: One sets off in the direction of the Matterhorn and sees the north wall of the Matterhorn as well as the Hörnligrat time and again.

South-north tour from Zermatt: One walks in the direction of the Bernese Alps and has the Bietschhorn in plain view, among other peaks.

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

 

Current Note: Due to rockfall, the section of "Flüewald - Taflüe - Herbriggen" remains closed. A diversion in Mattsand is signposted. Please follow the marking signs on spot.

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
46.196046, 7.839210
DMS
46°11'45.8"N 7°50'21.2"E
UTM
32T 410435 5116484
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good, sturdy footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and water

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Questions and answers

Question from Chloé Garvi · August 03, 2020 · Community
Hi ! We are 2 persons and we want to do the Europaweg in 2 days from Grachen to Zermatt, sleeping 1 night in a lodge (we found the Europa Hutte. Is it the only place to sleep ?). But I just saw that the trail between Grachen and the Europa hutte is closed. Is it possible to start the hike from an other point ? Herbriggen maybe (how many hours to the Europa Hutte) ? Thanks a lot ! BR
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Answer by Arnold Allweier · August 09, 2020 · Community
Europaweg.ch propose to start in Herbriggen
Question from laura Raiteri · July 14, 2020 · Community
Hi! I have a couple of questions about the 2 days Grachen to Zermatt tour: 1) are there chalet/ resto to stop for water/lunch during both days? 2) I read there is an easier trail option for one of the 2 days but I don't understand if is open in summer 2020. Many thanks!
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Answer by Stephan Soder  · July 20, 2020 · Community
This is the easier version of this trail https://www.outdooractive.com/de/route/fernwanderweg/wallis/europaweg-2-tage-/24088394/

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
37.7 km
Duration
16:00h
Ascent
2,363 m
Descent
1,709 m
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