At the foot of the Matterhorn lie Zermatt and Täsch, whose tourist development is closely linked to what is probably the most famous mountain in the world.
The location of Täsch/Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of a large hiking and skiing region makes it one of the most attractive vacation villages anywhere. The ski area includes 54 cable cars and lifts and 360 kilometers of slopes. The area “Matterhorn glacier paradise” is the largest and highest summer skiing area in Europe. Numerous national ski teams train here in summer.
Gornergrat and Sunnegga/Rothorn are other panoramic mountains accessible by cable cars. The region is legendary for mountaineers: the Haute Route, an international, demanding route from Mont Blanc (Chamonix) that lasts several days, ends here in Zermatt. More than 400 kilometers of hiking trails lead through and out of the Matter Valley, such as the mule trails that date back to the 13th century and are partially paved. Since 2017, you’ll also find the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Alps (as of 06.2021) in the region (Randa).