This trail meanders peacefully through the snow-blanketed forest, offering glimpses of three parallel worlds: the village, the Alpine forest and the Gornergrat Bahn.
The trail climbs gently to a level where the views alternate between lush woodland and the rooftops of Zermatt. But the Pensioners' Trail is by no means intended only for older walkers. It leads from the Winkelmatten chapel up to the tracks of the Gornergrat Bahn: a good chance to see the working mechanism of a rack-and-pinion railway close up. The trail then flattens out; below, to the left, lie the hotels and houses of Zermatt, offering an occasional glimpse of an interior. Finally the path leads into the snow-blanketed forest, and an atmosphere of tranquil wintry seclusion.
Rest on one of the many benches along the trail and take in the stunning views of the Matterhorn.