Welcome to Valais

Landscapes here leave you dumbstruck: from the unfathomable Matterhorn (4478m) that defies trigonometry, photography and many a carabiner, to the Rhône Valley’s vineyard tapestry; and the shimmering 23km Aletsch Glacier. With such backdrops, how can any hike, bike or ski tour be anything but great?

As earthy as a vintner’s boots in September, as clean as the aesthetic in Zermatt’s lounge bars, this canton is fickle. The west speaks French and the east German, but both are united in matters of cantonal pride by fine wine and glorious cheese.

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$88.96 Outdoor Activities

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise: Europe's highest cable car station

Enjoy an incomparable experience at Europe’s highest mountain cableway station at an altitude of 12,739 feet (3,882 meters). With your single return ticket, catch the green-and-yellow electric bus from the outskirts of Zermatt to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise valley base station.Here, ride the highest mountain cableway in Europe up to this scenic area, ascending in an 8-seater gondola on the newly extended Matterhorn Express, which offers direct travel from Zermatt via Furi to Trockener Steg and Schwarzsee without changes.After a journey of roughly 45 minutes, arrive at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at 12,739 feet (3,882 meters), and soak up the awesome mountain scenery, with its glaciers and year-round snow.Once here, enjoy a range of exciting experiences and attractions, from visiting the 360-degree viewing platform, cinema lounge, and underground Glacier Palace to snow tubing, all included in your entrance ticket.Highest Viewing Platform in the AlpsAscend further to the highest observation platform in the Alps. Take the lift to the summit built into the rock, and visit the observation deck to marvel at the 360-degree panoramas. The spectacular views make an indelible impression on all who experience them, and encompass 38 towering Alpine peaks, including the 13,123-foot (4,000-meter) peaks of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps, and the mighty Jungfrau in all its splendor.The Glacier PalacePay a visit to the fascinating Glacier Palace, the highest of its kind in the world. Carved beneath the surface of the glacier, this stunning ice complex has been recently redesigned to give it a new look. Ride an elevator down to 49 feet (15 meters) below the glacier surface and take in the wonder of the natural world that awaits, from bizarre ice formations and glittering ice crystals to impressive ice sculptures, a walk-through crevasse, and a thrilling ice slide — an experience that will make any heart beat faster.Enjoy breaks on the hide-covered seats to fully take in the magical setting at your leisure. There’s even an event room here that offers a space for unique gatherings.Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Restaurant: the highest restaurant built to the low-energy MINERGIE-P® standardEnjoy your choice of authentic Swiss dishes, together with an Indian menu in summer — at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise restaurant (own expense), or spend the night at the mountaineers’ hostel (own expense).Sustainability, energy-efficiency, and comfort are paramount here, which is why the restaurant has gained MINERGIE-P® certification: the highest building in the world constructed to this standard.

$59.82 Outdoor Activities

Rothorn Lift Ticket from Zermatt: Matterhorn Views

Visit: Rothorn, Zermatt, Canton of Valais, Swiss AlpsLocals call the view from Rothorn “the chocolate-box side of the Matterhorn”. No wonder: the view from Rothorn at 3,103 m offers the best panorama of the surrounding mountains. One four-thousand-metre peak after another is spread at your feet – a unique panorama!But the mountains in the Zermatt-Matterhorn holiday region are not just there to be admired. On the contrary! Summer and winter, they offer ideal conditions for experiences that you will treasure for a long time to come. At Rothorn there are numerous holiday activities on the list: from hiking and biking in summer to snowshoe trekking and skiing in winter. Duration: 2 hours

$375.26 Private & Custom Tours

Zermatt to Mt Matterhorn and Mt Gornergrat Private Guided Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Zermatt, Canton of Valais, Swiss AlpsYou will start the tour by meeting your tourguide at your hotel in Zermatt. Together, you wil make your way to the historical part of the village. Visit the small streets and get information about the architecture of the wooden houses. While stopping at the best photo point, your tourguide will explain you the storiy about the climbers at mount Matterhorn. You will pass by the hotel "Monte Rosa" and the memory of the first climbers in Zermatt. Your tourguide will show you the cemetry for climbers and missing mountanineers. According your preferences, you will have lunch in Zermatt or board the coghwheel train to Gornergrat.Within 40 minutes, the train climbes up to 2800m above sea level, where you will enjoy the fantastical areial view. Your tourguide will lead you to the scenic platform, where you have a 360 degrees panorama to mount Matterhorn, the glacier Monte Rosa and the surrounding summits. You will have time at the top to sit on the terraces and just enjoy the views. According your preferences, your tourguide will lead you back to Zermatt by train. In Zermatt you'll make your way to the local museum, where you will have a insight view to the life in Zermatt in the 19th century. You will see exhibition objects from the first ascent to mount Matterhorn, local houses and stories about the life in the mountain area. The visit will take approx. 45 minutes and after it, the tourguide will lead you back to your hotel, where the tour ends. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Gornergrat, Zermatt, Canton of Valais, Swiss Alpstop Matterhorn view from the Gornergrat peakDuration: 3 hours

$337.44 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Jungfraujoch ❤️Top of Europe by Helicopter

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Interlaken Tourismus, Interlaken, Bernese Oberland, Canton of BernHotel Pick up Stop At: Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, Jungfraujoch, Canton of Valais, Swiss Alpsvia Heliport to the top of europeDuration: 3 hours

$296.54 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Jungfraujoch Scenicflight from Interlaken

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, Jungfraujoch, Canton of Valais, Swiss AlpsScenic flight to the jungfraujoch

$406.97 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Jungfraujoch Day tour from Interlaken by limo, train and helicopter

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Interlaken Tourismus, Interlaken, Bernese Oberland, Canton of BernWe Pick you up at your Hotel in Interlaken or GrindelwaldStop At: Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, Jungfraujoch, Canton of Valais, Swiss AlpsFrom the heliport Gsteigwiler, you take off for a helicopter flight directly to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe with a fantastic view of the Swiss mountains.Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Interlaken Tourismus, Interlaken, Bernese Oberland, Canton of Bernafter an individual stay on the Jungfraujoch you will travel by train from Europe's highest railway station during a 2 hour panoramic drive back to Interlaken.

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