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The 6 Best Ways to See the Matterhorn in Zermatt – A Complete Guide

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If you’re looking for the best ways to see the Matterhorn in Zermatt, keep reading.

There are countless reasons to visit Zermatt all year round.

In Winter, it turns into a wonderland of snow-capped chateaus, a magnificent ski resort to try out the slopes, and the buzz of Apres-ski.

In Summer, you can surround yourself with snow-capped mountains, green hills pocketed with flowers, and countless walks which look like something straight out of a scene in The Sound of Music.

The best reason, in my humble opinion, is to meet the magnificent Matterhorn! This iconic mountain is better known as the Toblerone mountain which is featured on their triangular packaging.

It is a sight to behold when you’re in southern Valais. Its jagged peak is rather dramatic in all seasons if you can catch a glimpse of it.

You have to be quick though, the clouds come in rather quickly! Here are the best ways to see the Matterhorn in Zermatt.

Best ways to see the Matterhorn in Zermatt
Gornergrat Bahn

A quick overview of Zermatt in Switzerland

The picturesque Swiss town of Zermatt is a car-free resort.

So, if you are approaching by car from Bern or Zurich, you will need to park up and catch the Zermatt shuttle through to the town.

The main location to do this is Täsch.

Don’t worry about finding a parking space, the car park is massive!

From here, you can catch the shuttle which runs around every 30 minutes back and forth.

Parking is quite reasonably priced for the day and if you’re staying for longer there are parking packages to invest in.

When you’re on the shuttle, you will get some great views of the valley and mountains if you sit on the left.

When you arrive in Zermatt, the station is ideally placed next to the Gornergratt Bahn, which will transport you to meet the Matterhorn!

Although it is a car-free resort, there are numerous Bolero’s to take you through the town or taxi you back to your chalet after a night on the town.


When is the best time to visit the Matterhorn in Zermatt?

If you’re flexible with your itinerary, you should try and go up on a crystal clear blue sky day!

This will mean that you get a full view of the mountain. But even with the best intentions, you will get wisps of clouds.

The clouds come in quickly in the afternoon and so try to go up as early in the morning so you can get the best views!

5 ways to see the Matterhorn in Zermatt!

Option 1: Take the Gornergrat Bahn

The most popular way to see the Matterhorn in Zermatt is to take the train up to the Gornergrat Bhan.

Trains run every 30 minutes and a spectacularly busy, to get some great views make sure you sit on the right-hand side of the train.

The main station is located around 1,604 metres above sea level and as you ascend, you have some amazing views of the mountain range!

Gornergrat Bhan train
Gornergrat Bhan train

2. Take in the view from Gornergrat Bahn

When you arrive at the station, this is where you can get the best views of the Matterhorn. You’ll definitely feel the altitude in your legs!

But, it’s all worth it for the stunning views of the mountains, glaciers, and the magnificent Matterhorn.

You can get your official pictures taken with it by dressing as a historic mountain climber.

Years ago, when I first visited here, there were Great Bernards with whiskey barrels also but no more – they’re now edited in!

There are plenty of platforms to take your own pictures though and the background really is incredible. People will think you’ve been photoshopped in!

Gornergrat Bahn Glacier

3. Drink a beer while overlooking the Matterhorn

There is plenty to do when you arrive at the Gornergrat Bahn summit, the obvious one being to take in the amazing panoramic views.

If you would prefer to sit and relax in the setting, there is also a cafe selling the most amazing apple strudel I ate while I was in Switzerland and the portions don’t come up small!

You can also sample their own bier speciale, Calanda.


4. On the hike from Gornergrat to Zermatt

There are three options for you to get back down to Zermatt;

  • Get the train all the way back down
  • Use your ticket to stop at the platforms along the way
  • Get walking!

The great thing about buying a ticket on the Gornergrat Bahn is that you can stop off at all stations along the way.

So if you just wanted to stop off and get a different view of the mountains, that’s okay.

Also, you could just walk a little of the way or between stations – so it’s completely flexible.

One of the highlights of walking is you get to see their amazing lakes which should, on a clear, sunny and completely non-windy day give you a clear reflection of the peak of the Matterhorn.

But, as I said earlier, the clouds come in quickly! Despite this, the walk down is stunning and there are some cute cafes, bars, and hotels to visit on your way down.

The best way to see the Matterhorn in Zermatt!
The lake reflection Matterhorn in Zermatt!

5. In the Backdrop of Zermatt

After you have been up the Gornergrat and come back down, you’re probably exhausted if you did some hiking on the Bergweg.

Zermatt is the perfect place to come back to as it’s packed with restaurants and cafe’s in the compact city.

Plus, you can see the Matterhorn in the backdrop if it’s a clear day.

However, if nothing can stop you from spending your Swiss Francs there are plenty of shops to bag your souvenirs!

You can buy anything from designer watches, yummy swiss chocolate, and the ultimate super tourist cowbells!

Watch out for the Horse and Carriages, busy transporting lucky guests to the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof!


Zermatt Matterhorn Viewpoint

Lastly, there is a way to get a beautiful view of the village of Zermatt with the Matterhorn in the backdrop.

It’s a viewpoint at the top of Mürini Hill that takes about 15 minutes from the central station.

There is a lot of steps required to visit but it’s so worth it for these spectacular views. Especially at sunset.

Click here for my complete guide for the Zermatt Matterhorn Viewpoint

Zermatt Matterhorn Viewpoint

Those are 6 ways to see the Matterhorn in Zermatt

As I was making my way back to Täsch on the shuttle, I couldn’t help but think back to what an amazing place Zermatt was.  

Visiting here is a must when you come to Switzerland and it will definitely be a trip that will stick with you.

The Matterhorn is such an incredible mountain and coming up close to meet was just awesome. Make sure you add this one to your bucket list!

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Saturday 27th of January 2024

You've missed the **ultimate** way to view the Matterhorn in Zermatt... From a Tandem Paragliding flight.

It's really the only activity here that is available to *almost* everyone (you need to be able to follow instructions on the take off and have enough fitness to run some steps). Skiing, Mountain Climbing, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, etc. all require a decent amount of fitness and "go for it" attitude. Being a passenger on a Swiss Tandem Paraglider is available to a much wider group of people.

Disclaimer: I'm a professional tandem pilot here in Zermatt (have lived here most of my life) and have flown passengers from the ages of 3 to 94.

After 10 years as a partner with FlyZermatt (the largest operator here), I've started my own company. Have a look and say hi:


Sophie Pearce

Sunday 28th of January 2024

Hi Chris, WOW that does sound like a fun time in Zermatt and an adrenalin rush! Thanks for sharing. Sophie x