Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Alpenhof Zermatt

The Alpenhof is a family-run hotel, built in chalet style, in the centre of Zermatt, 5 minutes’ walk from the train station. The hotel prides itself on its heritage and offers free visits to its own farm. This traditional feel combines with modern amenities to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Indulge in the authentic cuisine served at the restaurant and make the most of the extensive spa treatments and large indoor pool and outdoor whirlpool.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flight from London to Geneva return, economy
  • 2nd class rail travel from Geneva to Zermatt return, 1st class can be booked at a supplement
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Choice of upgrades available – rooms and flight

Luxury bespoke holidays to the Hotel Alpenhof, Zermatt

The Hotel Alpenhof is a traditional, chalet-style 4-star superior hotel in central Zermatt. 62 comfortable rooms, restaurant, cigar lounge, spa, indoor swimming pool.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4 star superior

Location In the centre of Zermatt, 5 minutes’ walk from the train station

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Geneva

Distance from airport About 4 hours by train

Closest railway station Zermatt

Distance from railway station 2 minutes by shuttle, 5 minutes on foot

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, cigar lounge, spa including indoor pool, outdoor whirlpool, blockhouse sauna, steam baths, tropical shower, beauty shower, relax rooms, piano bar, visits to hotel’s own farm.

Out and about nearby

Take in the views of the icy Matterhorn, and wander along some of the 400km of walking paths that vein the landscape around Zermatt, Tasch, and Randa. Perhaps even enjoy the sights from the small railways that can take you as high as 3000m above sea level. The Glacier Paradise cable car will take you to Europe’s highest viewing platform, while peaks such as the Gornergrat offer views across the 38 surrounding mountains. Consider visiting the famous Hornlihutte, where climbers have stayed for decades before advancing up the sides of the Matterhorn, via the Hornli Ridge, the Zmutt Ridge, or through the north wall.

Sports nearby

Walking, Hiking and Cycling in the nearby mountains.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Design double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,290

Holiday Code EXH46067

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to the Hotel Alpenhof, Zermatt

Room descriptions

The Hotel Alpenhof has 62 rooms and suites each with minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, Wi-Fi, telephone, radio, cable TV, safe and seating area.

Alpine Chic room 20-22sqm
Design double room 25sqm
Design superior room 30sqm
Design Junior suite 45-55sqm
Penthouse deluxe suite 80sqm
Penthouse deluxe suite with Matterhorn view 100sqm

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Design double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,290

Holiday Code EXH46067

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to the Hotel Alpenhof, Zermatt

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Hotel Alpenhof, Zermatt, we include a scheduled flight from London to Geneva. From Geneva airport to Zermatt it takes about 4 hours by train via Visp. We can arrange for the hotel to provide a complimentary shuttle transfer from Zermatt train station or the hotel is 5 minutes away by foot.

Additional information

Children: Connecting rooms available.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Design double room for 5 nights

From about

£1,290

Holiday Code EXH46067

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to the Hotel Alpenhof, Zermatt

Highlights of Valais

During your stay in Valais, you will see lush meadows, rivers, and 4000m high mountain peaks topped with all-year ski slopes. Between these peaks, creaking, radiant-white glaciers mould to the gradients of the slopes and filter into the craggy valleys. The most famous mountain in Valais, and possibly the whole of Switzerland, is undoubtedly the Matterhorn. Its distinctive silhouette can be appreciated from miles around, but perhaps best from Zermatt. Take the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise cable car from Zermatt up to 3883m, making it the highest cable car in Europe, to the Panoramic Platform to look out across the other neighbouring 4000m high mountains and glaciers. Before returning to ground level, admire the mesmerising ice sculptures hidden within the Glacier Palace, a series of stunningly carved ice tunnels. Zermatt is an Alpine village known for its winter sports, being as it is one of the most popular skiing destinations in Switzerland. In the summer, when some of the snow has melted, Zermatt is a peaceful community of chic bars and cafes and quaint and characterful chalets. It comes highly recommended to those who enjoy hiking, walking, or simply the sight of those dramatic Alpine panoramas outside your hotel window. Those looking to experience the undisrupted beauty of the landscape but without the strenuous exercise of the hiking routes may wish to take advantage of the excellent local railways and connections. The Gornergratbahn, for example, is Europe's highest cogwheel railway, and its characteristic red carriages take visitors up to stunning Gornergrat. From Zermatt you can also board the Glacier Express to St Moritz in Grisons, which is a continually popular and iconic route. In the north of the Canton of Valais is the Aletsch Glacier, the longest in the European Alps and with the greatest volume. Reaching from the Bernese Oberland to the Rhone River, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a vast expanse of twisted, mottled ice which navigates sharp spikes of rock and thick clusters of pine forest. Between Bettmeralp and Riederalp, to the southeast of the Aletsch Glacier, is the Aletschji-Grunsee Suspension Bridge. Over 124m of thrilling high-altitude metal bridge hovers above the Massa Gorge, affording the brave and adventurous among us phenomenal, unparalleled views of the glacier. Northwest of Zermatt, towards Martigny, is Verbier, a luxurious ski resort known for attracting very elite clients. If you have the chance, it is worth spending a night here so as to take the first Medran cable car up to the summit of Mont Fort at 3329m to see the sun rise over the mountaintops. At Saas Fee, the Mittelallin funicular railway climbs underground to 3500m, where a revolving restaurant looks out across the Allalin Glacier and others that sit at 4000m.

Cultural highlights of Valais

Sion, in the northern half of Valais, is home to chateaux and palaces galore. Chateau de Tourbillon has a magnificent hilltop position looking down over the Rhone Valley. After a fire in the 18th century, mainly the brooding exterior walls remain, though the site offers a breath-taking, intriguing place for a walk. Opposite the Chateau de Tourbillon, on an equally majestic hill, is the Chateau de Valere. Originally started in the 11th century, the castle was built around an ancient basilica. Today, the castle church holds carved stalls, an apse with beautiful frescoes, and the oldest playable organ in the world, which dates from 1440. While visiting, take a tour around the castle museum, and, in the summer, enjoy one of the concerts held here. Another small castle in Sion houses the Musee d'Art, exhibiting works by artists such as Oskar Kokoschka, Caspar Wolf, and Ernest Bieler. For even more prestigious art collections, visit the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny, which houses works by the likes of Van Gogh and Picasso, and the Fondation Pierre Arnaud, which is a strikingly modern building with a mirrored exterior and a dramatic mountainous location in Crans Montana.

Festivals in Valais

Popular destinations and cultural cities lend themselves to high profile celebrations and festivals, which crop up around Valais at various points in the year. In Sierre, the Marche des Cepages in early September sees residents and visitors walk through the vineyards around the town, while drinking the produce and socialising with the winegrowers themselves. From the middle of August to the middle of September, the Festival de Sion sees international classical artists perform at many local stages, violinists compete, and many smaller free-entry stages pop up. Two weeks at the end of July see Verbier truly live up to its sophisticated reputation with a classical music festival. During the summer months at the Chateau de Valere in Sion, in the evening the castle walls are lit up with colour as part of the fascinating sound-and-light show. Something more unique is the Foire au Lard in Martigny, otherwise known as the Bacon Fair. Held in December, this festival has been around since 1801. In Riederalp, an unusual but very traditional festival takes place, the Chuefladefascht. Local residents throughout history would smash up cow pats and spread it as fertiliser across their fields; now, the game is to strike as many with your weapon of choice as possible and pluck out tombola prizes written down on paper and hidden inside.

Gastronomy in Valais

Valais the largest wine-making region in Switzerland, with plenty of wineries and vineyards open for tastings and tours. Other speciality ingredients include the huge range of savoury spices that grow here, including saffron. These local spices ensure that every dish in Valais' many gourmet restaurants will be seasoned and spiced to perfection. As with much of Switzerland, a very popular dish is the raclette, made using the best Alpine cheeses. For a heartier, homelier meal, seek out a dish that utilises the rich flavour of the local chestnuts, or choose to begin your meal with some fresh rye bread.

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