Address: Schluhmattstrasse 28, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Closest Location: Zermatt
A glacier of the Pennine Alps, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is located at the base of the north face of Matterhorn in the south of Zermatt, Switzerland.
You will first need to reach Zermatt before you get to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. The Swiss village is only accessible by train because cars are not allowed to enter. From Zermatt Train Station, you can either walk or take a bus to the gondola station.
Visitors are required to change three cable cars to get to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the first of which is from the gondola station in Zermatt. Take a 5-minute cable car ride from Zermatt to Furi after which you will have to figure out which of the two routes you wish to take to reach the glacier.
A small lake located at the base of Matterhorn, Schwarzsee is one of the two routes you can take to reach the glacier. Instead of taking a cable car that will directly take you to Trockener Steg from Furi, you can opt to take one to Schwarzsee. Once you reach there, transfer to a cable car to take you to Trockener Steg from where you can either take an older gondola or the Matterhorn Glacier Ride to reach the summit.
Keep in mind that this route is available only from early July to mid or late August and then during the winter months.
Once you reach Furi, transfer to a cable car that will take you directly to Trockener Steg. From there, you need to transfer to another cable car to get to the summit. You can either take the older, regular gondola or the Matterhorn Glacier Ride (also called the Crystal Ride because it’s decorated with Swarovski crystals) to reach your destination.
This route is open all year round.
The weather at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is usually cold with temperatures ranging from -10 degrees Celsius to 5 degrees Celsius. They may further drop at night. The glacier witnesses snow all year round. So, make sure you pack all your warm clothes.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is home to the highest mountain restaurant in the world named ‘En Guete’. The restaurant offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding peaks as well as a delicious menu featuring international dishes as well as Swiss specialties. From burgers and pasta to dessert and wine, the restaurant serves a lip-smacking fare. We recommend booking a sunset dinner, which includes gorging on a three-course meal while witnessing the sun go down. But make sure to book a table in advance.
There are a few stay options in Zermatt that you can explore. Here is a list:
Hotel Schwarzsee (6 km)
Hornli Hut (6.3 km)
Hotel Mountain Paradise (8.3 km)
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat (6.5 km)
Matterhorn Ski & Spa Rooms (7.6 km)
Riffelhaus 1853 (6.3 km)
Riffelalp Resort 2222m (7.2 km)
A. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is located in Zermatt, Switzerland.
A. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise cable car operates from 9 AM to 4 PM depending on the weather conditions.
A. The best time to visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is from June to September and then from December to March when the site opens for skiing.
A. You will find snow all year round at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
A. Make sure you set aside at least 3-4 hours for your visit.
A. Yes. You can buy your Matterhorn Glacier Paradise tickets from their sales points at the specified time.
A. Yes. You need to book tickets to visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
A. No. You cannot take your car to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. You will have to park your car at Tasch Train Station and then head to Zermatt to begin your journey to the glacier.
A. The different viewing platforms at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise offer spectacular 360-degree views of 38 mountain peaks and 14 glaciers in Switzerland, France, and Italy.
A. Yes. Children above 3 years of age can go to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
A. Yes. It is wheelchair accessible. However, some activities and attractions might be out of bounds for those with reduced mobility.
A. Yes. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is home to the highest mountain restaurant called En Guete. You will also find small cafes where you can grab a bite.
A. It takes at least 45 minutes to get there and 3-4 hours to explore.
A. Yes. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is worth a visit because you get to see the mighty Alps in all their glory. The glacier offers jaw-dropping views of 38 mountain peaks and 14 glaciers in Switzerland, France, and Italy. It is an experience of a lifetime that you should definitely not miss out on.