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Zermatt-Ried (Nr. 107)

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  • Winter hiking trail from Zermatt to Ried
    / Winter hiking trail from Zermatt to Ried
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
  • / The winter hiking trail just before Ried
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Schaller
  • / End of the hiking trail by the Restaurant Ried
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Schaller
  • / Winterwandern
    Video: Zermatt Tourismus
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This gentle winter hiking trail leads from the centre of Zermatt through different quarters into the area of Ried. The clear view of the Matterhorn from here is particularly beautiful.
easy
Distance 2.2 km
0:50 h
201 m
9 m

The route starts in the ‘Wiesti’ quarter. After a flight of steps, the route leads past numerous luxury chalets where you can catch a glimpse of sumptuous interiors. In winter the gables all shine over the village, creating a romantic atmosphere. The trail continues towards ‘Eggen’ in the direction of Ried. At ‘Zer Bännu’, walkers can enjoy a lovely view over the village. The path leads past small, ancient stables before crossing snow-covered meadows and light woodland to reach Restaurant Ried.

  • Suitable for children aged 6 upwards
  • Beautiful view of the village
  • Clear panoramic view of the mountains including the Matterhorn and Weisshorn

Author’s recommendation

After leaving the village and the quarter called Le Petit Village, look back over your shoulder to see the most photogenic side of the Matterhorn.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: March 08, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,800 m
Lowest point
1,600 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Ried

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.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

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.

Start

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,608 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'623'962E 1'096'946N
DD
46.023635, 7.748072
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403101 5097435
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Destination

Ried (1,791 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt (station) - Ried

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 40 min)

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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

SwissGrid
2'623'962E 1'096'946N
DD
46.023635, 7.748072
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403101 5097435
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.2 km
Duration
0:50 h
Ascent
201 m
Descent
9 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Way cleared Family friendly Groomed snow

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