Matterhorn Museum

Top choice in Zermatt

This crystalline, state-of-the-art museum provides fascinating insight into Valaisian village life, mountaineering, the dawn of tourism in Zermatt and the lives the Matterhorn has claimed. Short films portray the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn on 14 July 1865 led by Edward Whymper, a feat marred by tragedy on the descent when four team members crashed to their deaths in a 1200m fall. The infamous rope that broke is exhibited.

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1. St Mauritius Church

0.03 MILES

Zermatt's main church, at the end of the main street, was built in 1913 and has a beautiful 18th-century altar. Feel free to enter.

2. Mountaineers' Cemetery

0.04 MILES

A walk in Zermatt’s pair of cemeteries – the Mountaineers' Cemetery in the garden of Zermatt's St Mauritius Church and the main cemetery across the road –…

3. Sunnegga

0.31 MILES

Take the Sunnegga Express 'tunnel funicular' up to Sunnegga (2288m) for amazing views of the Matterhorn. This is a top spot for families – take the Leisee…

4. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise


Views from Zermatt’s cable cars are all remarkable, but the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the icing on the cake. Ride the world's highest-altitude 3S…

5. Gornerschlucht

0.84 MILES

It is a 1.5km walk from Zermatt along the river to this dramatic gorge, carved out of green serpentinite rock and accessed by a series of wooden…

6. Ricola Herb Garden


Best known for its herby hard-boiled sweets, Ricola has a short herb-garden hike at Blatten where you can learn about the 13 herbs that go into every drop…

7. Allalin

8.79 MILES

Year-round, the underground Mittelallin funicular climbs to an icy 3500m where the world’s highest revolving restaurant on the Allalin glacier basks in…

8. Moiry Glacier

10.02 MILES

This glacier, although only about 5km in length, is extremely impressive, about 12km south of Grimentz. PostBuses make the journey to the road-end, where…