There’s no one Zermatt, there are many. There’s the Matterhorn at sunrise, when the slanting light turns the peak pink, heralding the day ahead. Rise early, before dawn, because what you see will more than repay you. As the day progresses the surrounding mountains assume many different guises, the clouds in winter enveloping their summits in a brooding presence.

Then there’s the village itself, a place with geography and history in perfect equilibrium. It has an energy all of its own, partly from the mix of people it attracts, partly from its spirited après-ski vibe. From the Kirchbrücke you get a spectacular view of the Matterhorn, while the traditional buildings are focal points in themselves. At the end of the day the place to be is Le Petit Village at Mürini, with the lights of Zermatt coming on one by one to cast a magical spell.

The lakes around Zermatt bring earth, water and sky together. The Riffelsee and Schwarzsee are two of the most beautiful, especially when the first is reflecting the Matterhorn on its unruffled surface. Another hidden gem is Arbenbachfall. This 60-metre high waterfall is a 7.5 kilometre hike from Zermatt, but you’ll be glad you made it.

Lush alpine meadows are the essence of Zermatt countryside. With edelweiss and gentian forming a carpet at your feet, hiking trails wander off this way and that, inviting you to explore. Dotted amongst all this are remarkable hamlets, some dating back 500 years. Herbrigg and Zmutt are within hiking distance of Zermatt, their wooden houses and barns transporting you back to a different time.

A dedicated tunnel that links Nivalia to Zermatt makes for a literal connection to everything these stunning surroundings have to offer. At the same time it provides an intimate, exclusive introduction on arrival. But it’s not the only way connections are made. Timber, stone, façades oriented to bring nature into the heart of the space, the essence of what makes this location what it is are woven into the fabric of Nivalia. The feeling? One of belonging.

This is where we are.

Compared to other Swiss destinations Zermatt is relatively tucked away (though that’s just another thing that makes it unique). At the same time of course it’s easily accessible by car, train and helicopter.

Travelling times from airports

Car Train Helicopter
Geneva 3 hours 4 hours 45 minutes
Zurich 3.5 hours 3.5 hours 1 hour
Basel 3.5 hours 4 hours 1 hour 10 minutes
Milan 3.5 hours 3.5 – 4 hours
Sion 1.5 hours 2 hours 15 minutes
Berne 2.5 hours 2 hours 35 minutes


And this is how you get here.

Zermatt is car-free, but private cars can be parked at Täsch, where secure covered parking is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. There is a separate zone for electric vehicles, with individual charging points. From Täsch the rail shuttle to Zermatt departs every 20 minutes, and takes just 12 minutes.

At Zermatt station one of our own electric buggies picks you up and takes you to Nivalia, dropping you at our tunnel entrance.