Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Schweizerhof Zermatt

The four star Hotel Schweizerhof in Zermatt is a cosy and traditional hotel often utilised by clients as a stop-off point on a longer rail touring holiday. With a chalet-style exterior, furnishings that combine refinement with a touch of rusticity, and light, spacious rooms, the Hotel Schweizerhof is an example of fine Swiss design at its best. Spend a few days at the hotel exploring Zermatt and the walking and sporting opportunities nearby, before catching a train to another part of Switzerland, or across the border into Italy, Austria, or France.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
  • Rail travel from London back to London as option
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  • Optional room, rail and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Schweizerhof, Zermatt

Hotel Schweizerhof is a 4-star, family-friendly hotel in the centre of Zermatt, nestled between the Alpine peaks. Delicious cuisine and comfortable classic accommodation offer guests a relaxing and restorative Alpine experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location Near the centre of the Alpine town of Zermatt.

Annual opening The hotel is open from mid December to mid April, and end of May to end of September

Closest airport Geneva Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is under 3-hours' drive from Geneva Airport

Closest railway station Zermatt Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is 150 metres from Zermatt Station

Hotel facilities and services

Cocktail Bar, Breakfast and Evening Restaurant, Schwyzer Stubli Restaurant (in winter), Laundry Service, Room Service, Nico Kids Club, Sempervivum Wellness Centre with Heated Indoor Swimming Pool, Saunas, Steam Bath, Jacuzzi, and Solarium.

Complimentary

WiFi.

Land sports

Ski instructors and mountain guides are available at the hotel.

Out and about nearby

The natural land formations of the Alpine regions make up the best attractions in and around Zermatt. The world-famous Matterhorn is visible from the hotel and highly recommended for skiers, hikers, or those looking to embark on a tour of Switzerland's sprawling glaciers. The Matterhorn Museum, spread across 14 huts designed to mimic the formations of the original mountain villages, sits on the slopes and offers a valuable insight into the history of this magnificent landmark. Other challenges for hikers include the Hohtälli, the Unterrothorn, the Breithorn, the Theodul Pass, and the Riffelhorn, among many, many other peaks and valleys. The Parrotspitze on the Monte Rosa Massif is a surreal and stunning summit that rises above the clouds. You may also wish to visit the Findel Glacier, or take the scenic Gornergrat Railway up through the mountains, past sensational panoramic birds-eye views across Zermatt, to the Gornergrat summit and the Gorner Glacier. The railway itself is a unique experience, though it is possible to take a cable car up to the Trockener Steg Mountain Station, which also has a glacier nearby. The Schwarzsee, or 'Black Lake,' is a small but beautiful lake near Zermatt. Walk along the decked promenade as it extends out across the water, and look across to the forested green hills and white mountains beyond the shimmering blue water. For something a little more unusual, visit the futuristic Monte Rosa Hut, with its interior built almost entirely from locally-sourced light wood. The hut acts as refuge for hikers who have just followed the glacier trek. Visitors who are not looking for an active holiday will find an abundance of quaint charm in the village of Zermatt that will keep you mesmerised for days.

Sports nearby

Tennis, Curling, Mountain-biking, Skiing, Helicopter Rides, Heli-skiing, Walking, Glacier Trekking, Paragliding, Wine Tasting.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

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Holiday Code EXH1863

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 and tours to Hotel Schweizerhof, Zermatt

The four star Hotel Schweizerhof in Zermatt is a chalet-style hotel set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Alps. In winter, Zermatt is a haven for winter-sports enthusiasts, and in the summer, the green plains surrounding the town are perfect for long scenic walks spent admiring the mountainous countryside. The hotel's interior is homely, with free-standing central fireplaces and rich, deep colours. Public areas have wooden ceilings which continue the chalet feel, placing guests directly within traditional Swiss culture. The rooms and suites are dominated, instead of by the characteristic dark wood of the exterior, by the soft tones of light wood furnishings and neutral fabrics. The accommodation is light, airy, and spacious; creating a relaxing environment that can be enjoyed after an active day spent exploring Zermatt and the surrounding mountains, lakes, and glaciers. The Attika Suite has the most natural character of all the rooms. Its beamed, sloped ceiling, panelled walls, and fireplace ooze Swiss charm, shaping a cosy, inviting space. The Hotel Schweizerhof's restaurants are only open during winter time, offering the chef's signature menu, Asian cuisine on Wednesdays, and live Swiss music and cuisine in the Schwyzer Stubli. During the summer, many excellent restaurants in Zermatt, including the Mont Cervin Palace and Ristorante Seilerhaus Molino still serve delicious examples of Swiss food. The warm and attractive Kamin Bar is open in the evenings for after-dinner drinks, mixing cocktails on request. The Sempervivum wellness centre is available to guests at a small added cost. Kick back beside the pool and enjoy some well-deserved pampering after an active day exploring, enjoying the saunas, rain-showers, and massages. The variety of high class services available ensures that the Hotel Schweizerhof is a comfortable and charming addition to any Swiss rail tour.

Room descriptions

Hotel Schweizerhof 108 rooms with modern amenities, including television, telephone, and desk. Most rooms have balconies or terraces.

Single Room
Double or Twin Bedded Room
Junior Suite with sitting area and balcony
Superior Junior Suite with sitting area and balcony facing the Matterhorn
Family Suite with separate lounge and bedroom, and balcony
Attika Suite with separate lounge with fireplace and balcony

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1863

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 and tours to Hotel Schweizerhof, Zermatt

The journey and how you get there

The Hotel Schweizerhof can be booked as a standalone fly-drive or rail holiday, or as part of a longer rail holiday tour. The hotel is just a 2 minute walk from Zermatt railway station.

Additional information

Children: The Hotel Schweizerhof prides itself on being a family-friendly hotel. A variety of room combinations are available for families with children, including the Family Suite.

Other information: Zermatt is a car-free zone. Parking is available in the village of Tasch, and transfers to the hotel can be arranged, though we would recommend arriving by rail.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1863

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 and tours to Hotel Schweizerhof, Zermatt

About Valais

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Valais incorporates the region stretching from the southeastern-most shore of Lake Geneva to its borders with Ticino, Italy, Uri, and Bern. Perhaps most famous for the icy Alpine resort of Zermatt, Valais is a canton that captures a blend of those Swiss mountain resorts and northern Italy's flourishing wine-producing vineyards. This mix is complicated further by the dual-language of the canton; the west of Valais speaks French, and the east speaks German. Terraced vineyards cloak the slopes of southern Valais, uniquely watered by glacier run-off, channelled through ‘bisses,' which are historic irrigation channels. The various and diverse ‘terroirs’ have led to the cultivation of a great number of grape types. Older varieties, such as Amigne, Petite Arvine, and Cornalin, are still carefully grown alongside more robust varieties, such as Chasselas, Gamay, and Pinot. Valais is also popular amongst cycling, mountain-biking, and hiking enthusiasts. Over 8000km of marked hiking paths line the mountainsides, and well-maintained and well-marked cycling paths are combined with high-altitudes to establish a network that is unrivalled in Switzerland. Cycle from mountain to mountain, passing thrashing rivers, trickling streams, tranquil lakes, and thick forests to gather, in just a few hours, a vast perspective on Swiss natural beauty.

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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