• Highest Alpine crossing
  • Matterhorn tour
  • 2 countries & 2 cultures
A breathtaking glacier landscape with a view of several four-thousand-metre peaks can be seen on the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing.  | © Gabriel Perren A breathtaking glacier landscape with a view of several four-thousand-metre peaks can be seen on the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing.  | © Gabriel Perren

The highest crossing of the Alps by cable car

Matterhorn Alpine Crossing

The cable car journey around the Matterhorn offers breathtaking views of the Zermatt mountains and takes you on a journey through the entire fauna, flora and glacier landscape. With a high standard of safety and comfort, the national border between Switzerland and Italy can be crossed at just about 3,500 m above sea level. During this unique crossing of the Alps, numerous other highlights await, such as the highest glacier palace in the world or the viewing platform with views of 38 four-thousand-metre peaks and 14 glaciers in 3 different countries.

Whether as a day trip across the border or as part of a fixed itinerary through Europe, the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing offers an exciting experience for locals and visitors alike. 


An overview of the trip

From Zermatt
To Cervinia
Travel time: 90 minutes

Mountain viallge in the heart of the Swiss Alps


Zermatt – the resort in the heart of the Swiss Alps – is the home of the most famous mountain in the world: the Matterhorn. But there are plenty of other reasons to come and stay in Zermatt



With around 300 days of sunshine a year, the Matterhorn practically within touching distance and all the other peaks calling out to be explored, it's no surprise that people come to Zermatt from all over the world. The mountain village has been able to maintain is age-old charm to this day. The past is there to see in its winding alleyways and in the “Hinterdorf” part of town with its larchwood barns.

Pure mountain air. Did you know that only electric vehicles without internal combustion engines are allowed in Zermatt? So no fumes! It’s hard to believe, but the village has always been car-free.

The village of Zermatt in summer with the Matterhorn in the background. | © Pascal Gertschen

The Matterhorn is special in many ways, with its almost symmetrical pyramid shape, its contours from the Hörnli to the Löwen ridge, and its location in the Alps – it stands almost alone, making it the perfect subject for photographs. Mystic, iconic and unmistakable, the most-photographed mountain in the world watches over the villages of Zermatt and Breuil-Cervinia.

Hospitality in Zermatt is a promise well kept. Many hotels and restaurants are family businesses which have kept their traditions alive through several generations. They offer the highest levels of comfort, fabulous spa facilities, quality gastronomy and sustainable modern design and operating concepts. It is hardly surprising therefore that Zermatt’s hotels regularly feature in the top reviews published by various platforms.

Cafés, restaurants and mountain restaurants of the highest standard with superb summer terraces, the best views and a welcoming atmosphere: in Zermatt good food and drink is a matter of priority. From traditional fare to international cuisine and exciting fusions, in Zermatt there is always something new to savour.

Two couples toast the start of the Findeln Gourmet Pass with a glass of white wine.  | © Gabriel Perren

From chocolate and the latest sports equipment to clocks and local products from the indigenous Vallais Blacknose sheep – Zermatt has several first-rate shopping opportunities. Shopping in Zermatt is a real experience, whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll through the car-free town, keeping an eye out for a favourite item, or enjoying a tour of the shops at Europe’s highest mountain station at an altitude of 3,883 metres above sea level.

The alpine world of Zermatt is a dream destination for anyone who loves nature, enjoys an adventure or just likes being close to the sky. They will find a wide range of activities to enjoy in and around the alpine village. Zermatt offers an enticing package with green meadows, clear mountain lakes, forests of larch and Swiss pine and around 300 days of sunshine a year, not to forget the unique alpine backdrop around the Matterhorn.

The Zermatt Matterhorn resort lies at the heart of the Swiss Alps and is home to the legendary Matterhorn. But there are many other reasons why the area is one of the most popular destinations in the world. For example, the three peaks of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Rothorn and Gornergrat. Each is as unique as the adventures that await there. They share one thing in common, however: their “grown-up neighbour”, the Matterhorn, appears to protect them as it rises majestically from the valley next to them. You can find out straight away which peak is most likely to provide your personal moment of happiness.

Fotopoint Holzherz auf Blauherd im Sommer. Ein Paar sitzt im Holzherz und sieht zum Matterhorn | © Basic Home Production
Sunrise at Lake Stellisee with an unobstructed view of the Matterhorn and the reflection of the Matterhorn in the lake | © Basic Home Production
A glimpse into the past
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    Cableway operational from 1 July 2023
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Good to know

Information about trips on the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing is posted on the Zermatt Bergbahnen website.

For the media

All the information on the construction of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II, factsheets about the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing plus images and technical data can be found in our Media Corner.