This Zermatt winter walk is a dream in white, offering sunshine, the romance of the forest, snowy expanses, sparkling pinnacles, gastronomic treats and breathtaking views.
When the views are beautiful, a mountain ascent along a winter walking trail is doubly enjoyable. After the Winkelmatten quarter, the trail enters the protective forest above Zermatt and begins climbing. Here there’s plenty of light, since larches lose their needles in winter. Now and again, walkers are treated to a clear view of the Matterhorn. Above the treeline, the trail traces a route across dazzling snowfields.
In Findeln, walkers are spoilt for choice: which restaurant to pick? After a stop for refreshment, the trail winds along and across the ski piste up to Sunnegga.
Wolli beginner’s park by the Leisee (for young skiers)
Leisee Shuttle funicular at Sunnegga: fun ride
Walkers tempted to linger at one of the restaurants should check the timetable of the Sunnegga funicular: the last train down can be relatively early in winter, depending on the month.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
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
Winkelmatten (1'650 m) (1671 m)
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Sunnegga (2'288 m)
Winkelmatten (chapel) - Findeln - Sunnegga
(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 30)
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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