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The adventure begins at the valley station of Matterhorn glacier paradise, where riders comfortably load their bikes onto the gondolas. Even on the ride up, the gondola offers lovely, ever-changing views of the Matterhorn. There’s plenty more to see, too: who will be the first to spot a marmot or chamois – or, in autumn, even a herd of ibex?At Schwarzsee it’s worth stopping for a coffee, to enjoy the view of the Matterhorn and the Schwarzsee lake. Perhaps even call in to the little chapel, “Maria zum Schnee”, on the lakeshore. And then it’s time to set off: a ride of about two kilometres along mountain trails, past meadows full of alpine flowers and grazing cows, with views of the Weisshorn, Mischabel massif and the upper Matter valley. Next come a good 2.5 kilometres on gravel trails and then finally mountain lanes: a wonderfully leisurely ride, downhill all the way.Allow plenty of time to enjoy the sights en route. This bike trail promises a wide variety of attractions – starting with impressive views of the Matterhorn, with ever-changing perspectives. The north face seems to come ever closer, its dark, majestic and intimidating cliffs soaring 1,000 metres vertically into the sky. Below it lies the white Matterhorn Glacier, riven with crevasses.
For children from age 8-10
Stafelalp dairy to visit, with farm
Photo subject: north face of the Matterhorn
Photo point on the dam at Zmutt
Furi, a world of adventure
Ricola herb garden near Blatten
Chapel at Blatten
Schwarzsee - Stafelalp - Furi - Zermatt (valley station, Matterhorn glacier paradise)
Allow plenty of time to enjoy the many sights along the way.
Bring binoculars: in August and September, mountaineers can be seen climbing the Hörnligrat ridge on their way to the summit of the Matterhorn.
The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.
Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).
Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.
Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.
Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.
Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
- Always wear gloves and a helmet.
- Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
- Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
- When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
- All riding is at one’s own risk.
Source: Valais Wallis Promotion
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