This winter hiking trail leads more or less straight from Zermatt to Furi – in theory, at least. But is that really the best option? Because along the way a question arises, one that is fairy crucial in Zermatt…
Allow plenty of time for this walk – including for a restaurant stop en route. In fact every moment is worth savouring. But let’s start at the beginning. After the last houses at the end of the village of Zermatt, the winter hiking trail starts climbing gently. The air is fresh and healthy, the sun is shining. Soon, in the forest, the Zmuttbach river appears, its boulders wearing hats of snow. At Zum See, the question arises: time for a restaurant stop? Or wait till the end of the walk at Furi?
Appropriate for children from age 6
Take a walk through the historic hamlet of Zum See. There was even an important mule trail passing through here. It went over the Theodul Glacier and is listed in the inventory of historic travel routes of Switzerland (IVS).
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
Updated: July 13, 2016
Best time of year
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.
It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
Hiking poles (optional)
Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
Zermatt (1'620 m) (1626 m)
32T 402670 5096598
Furi (1'867 m)
Zermatt (Zen Stecken) - Zum See - Furi
(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 45 min)
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).
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”.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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