Klein Matterhorn - Valais

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

 
About Klein Matterhorn

Available: all year round.

Costs

Half Fare Card & Swiss Travel Pass: 50 Sfr from Zermatt

The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is situated at the top of the Klein Matterhorn mountain and offers a wonderful way to experience the Swiss Alps. The 45 minute journey to the summit is an unforgettable experience, starting with a gondola ride to the first station at Furi. From Furi, a cable car continues to the Trockener Steg station. Here you can stretch your legs, enjoy a warm drink and spot many species of alpine blooms. The final part of the journey is on the highest cableway in Europe to the Klein Matterhorn station at 3,883m. The gondolas and cable cars are equipped with a unique audio information system. For a refundable deposit at the valley station in the town of Zermatt, you can use the headphones to listen to fascinating commentary on the beautiful sights gliding past your window.

From October 2018, a new state-of-the-art gondola will be in operation from Trockener Steg to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, offering a smooth ride and fantastic views. 4 of the cabins will be decked out with Swarovski crystals and feature a glass floor for the ultimate 'crystal ride'.


Highlights

Viewing platform

On arrival at the top station, visitors can head for the summit lift, which transports you to the highest viewing platform in the Alps at 3,883m. A 360º panorama opens up, taking in 38 peaks all over 4,000m as well as 14 glaciers across 3 countries. On most days you can see Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso - Italy's highest peak - as well as enjoying the finest views of the south face of the iconic Matterhorn itself.

Breithorn panoramic window

In the middle of the mountain you will find a panoramic window hewn into the rock, with a view of the Breithorn. You can watch the climbers making their way up the mountain and the birds circling over the Theodul Glacier. There is also a 'mini-Matterhorn' next to the window, perfect for a souvenir photo. 

Glacier palace

Glittering ice crystals and shimmering ice sculptures cast their spell over visitors to the glacier palace. A lift takes you 15m below the surface to a fairytale palace in the heart of the eternal ice. Walk through a glacier crevasse or try out the ice slide, before making yourself comfortable on an ice bench covered with cosy furs. Admission 8 Sfrs for adults / 4 Sfrs for children.

Cinema lounge

Next to the Breithorn window is a brand new cinema lounge. The screen shows film clips on themes such as mountaineering, alpine flora & fauna and thrilling freeride skiing.

Restaurant

The renovated restaurant at almost 4,000m has large panoramic windows with a magnificent vista over the Alps. A wonderful spot to enjoy the views while you try Valais specialities or a traditional fondue. Open 08.30-16.30, with hot food served 11.30-15.30.

Shopping

Find a Matterhorn souvenir, including the highest altitude wine (Gipfelwein) in Europe.

Snow tubing

Superb fun for young and old - whizz down the slopes in an inflatable rubber doughnut. This activity is free of charge and is suitable for children from 6 years old. Open mid May-mid September.

Summer skiing

Skiers will be delighted to find that they can ski throughout the summer on the 21km of glacier pistes.


Directions

Your scenic journey departs from Zermatt's valley station. Take the 8 seater gondola to the Furi station, followed by the cable car to the Trockener Steg station - where you can stop for a drink or snack at the restaurant - and a final cable car to the Glacier Paradise at the peak of the Klein Matterhorn. 

The transport network operates 08.30-17.00, with a longer sunrise/sunset timetable available from mid July-mid August.
Please note the Furi-Trockener Steg section will be closed mid June-early July. During this period, you can travel to the Glacier Paradise via Schwarzsee at no extra cost.

More excursions in the region

The mountain excursions are second to none in this beautiful region. The excellent network of cable cars and funiculars will transport you to a wide choice of delightful sightseeing areas with spectacular views. Wherever you choose to visit, you will find unforgettable alpine landscapes.

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Your choice of resorts

Our Valais resorts include Zermatt and Saas-Fee, both picturesque villages perched high up in the Alps. Closer to sea level is the historic trading town of Brig, with access to scenic rail journeys, lovely walks and the amazing Aletsch Glacier. 

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