Zermatt photo spots – as if made for Instagram

Zermatt nestles against the foot of the majestic Matterhorn – impressive mountain and undeniably, photo subject no 1 of Switzerland. However, where exactly does this landmark mountain present its best side? Find all the top photo spots in and around Zermatt here.

The valley station of the Gornergrat Railway is located right opposite the railway station. The dark orange train of the Gornergrat Railway is practically one of the fixtures of the mountain village and a very popular photo subject in itself. The backdrop changes constantly: First, the cog railway winds its way through the village, then it passes the historical Riffelhaus and finally leads up to the Gornergrat at 3,089 m a.s.l.

Gornergratbahn vor dem Matterhorn
© Gornergratbahn
Perfect photo spot with snowy Zermatt
© Zermatt Tourismus, Fotograf: Pascal Gertschen

A perfect photo spot

The next photo spot is ready and waiting on arrival at the summit: a breathtaking view of the Gorner Glacier and the Matterhorn. Walking the 360° Loop Gornergrat, an easy 20-minute panoramic hike at the summit, is the best way to savour the scenery. The perfect “Horu” (Matterhorn) picture is definitely waiting for you here somewhere.

On the way back down into the valley, you shouldn’t miss a stopover at the station Rotenboden. From here, a short walk leads to the famous Lake Riffelsee – the ultimate photo spot of Zermatt. No other lake reflects the Matterhorn so beautifully on its smooth surface.

Riffelsee mit Matterhornblick
© Gornergrat Bahn

An all-around unforgettable experience!

Back in Zermatt, a gondola lift is waiting to take you to your next destination, the “Matterhorn glacier paradise”. At the “Trockener Steg” (dry landing stage), you will change to the new and glamorous Crystal Ride.

Why is this gondola a perfect photo spot? Not only does this novelty delight passengers with extra comfortable seats and large panoramic windows, it also has four cabins holding a real surprise ready: In these cabins, beautifully adorned with Swarovski crystals, the opaque glass floor clears up after three minutes’ ride – and opens the view onto the spectacular glacier scape 170 metres below. Of course, the Matterhorn also looks so close as if within reach – very impressive: An all-around unforgettable experience!

Gondola with glass floor
© Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, Fotograf: Pedro Rodrigues
Gondola with mountain panorama
© Michelle Kälin

Spectacular Ravines & bold waterfalls with the Glacier Express

The journey to Zermatt is just as well-suited for lovely pictures as the popular destination itself. With complete ease and comfort, the train takes you to the car-free village of Zermatt from all over Switzerland. From Brig, the journey leads past spectacular ravines, bold waterfalls and traditional Valais houses built from stone and local timber.

Matterhorn Gotthard train drives besides the Rohne river
© Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Matterhorn Gotthard train drives though the landscape
© Matterhorn Gotthard Train

The best way to arrive at Zermatt is, of course, on the Glacier Express. This premium panoramic train delights with ceiling-high panoramic windows and first-class culinary services. Thus, not only do you get the best view but also a delicious glass of wine to go with it. On that note: Happy picture taking and – Cheers!

Matterhorn Gotthard train in the front sheeps
© Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Glacier Express with the Matterhorn in the background
© Glacier Express AG, Fotograf: Stefan Schlumpf Photography

One country, one ticket!

If you like to combine these photo spots with a trip through Switzerland, there’s the perfect ticket for you – the Swiss Travel Pass. Imagine one ticket combining 250 transport companies: You wouldn’t have to buy separate tickets for every train and bus ride or boat cruise. That would be quite something, right? How fortunate that Swiss public transport had the same idea. In keeping with the motto “One country, one ticket”, the Swiss Travel Pass has been introduced.

Travel with a single ticket 3, 4, 8 or 15 days throughout the entire country by train, bus and boat. The ticket includes your journey to Zermatt in the Glacier Express as well as trams and buses in no fewer than 90 towns and cities. In addition, you’re entitled to free admission to more than 500 museums nationwide as well as up to 50% discount on mountain excursions.

Buy your Swiss Travel Pass now and start planning your journey to photo spots in and around Zermatt.

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