Festivals and Events
What's new in Zermatt for 2014?
- The Sunnegga Expess base lift has been completely renovated: this underground funicular has brand new carriages which are bigger and smoother, and the access tunnel has also been given a complete makeover, resulting in a much improved user experience.
- Up by the Furgg chair, a new timed slalom run with video recording has been installed. You can compare your times instantly, and download the videos of your runs from the web later.
- A new après-ski venue and night-club is opening in the main street. The ground floor and basement of Grampi's is being taken over by Gee (who runs the wonderful Snowboat). He is creating a stylish and elegant place for sophisticated party goers.
Winter Events and Festivals in Zermatt
Swatch Skiers Cup
Saturday 4 January 2014 - Friday 10 January 2014
The best freeride and freestyle skiers in the world return to Zermatt for a one of a kind competition: a unique head-to-head format pits riders from two teams, Team Americas and Team Europe, against each other in several events, including the Big Mountain Challenge and the Backcountry Slopestyle Battle.This event was absolutely amazing to watch last year!
Thursday January 16th to Sunday January 19th: Horu Trophy Curling Championship
Switzerland's biggest open-air curling tournament, with 76 teams competing on 19 different open-air rinks in the village centre. And the fact that the Matterhorn is always in view from the curling rinks, certainly makes it one of the most outstanding international events.
Tuesday April 8th to Sunday April 13th: Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival
There was a great lineup in 2013, featuring Bryan Ferry, Morcheeba with Skye, Skunk Anansie and many more: With more than 40 concerts – 2/3 of which are free - there is a show for every musical taste. The event combines great music with superb skiing - it is the most civilized of music festivals. The main acts perform every evening in an atmospheric 2,000 seater marquee set in the middle of the village; there are nine other venues both in the village and on the ski slopes. The Ronnie Scott Jazz band will be playing free every lunchtime at the 3,000m high Gandegg hut. And as soon as the rest of the lineup is announced for 2014 we will publish it on our website.
Summer Events and Festivals in Zermatt
There are twelve major events taking place in Zermatt this summer; ranging from tennis and golf, spectacular fireworks, tough marathons and world-class music during a two week festival in September. And last year a Guinness record was set for the greatest number of Alphorns playing together: 508!
Below is a list in chronological order:
Tennis: 34th Raiffeisen Open Tennis Tournament:
Wednesday June 26th – Sunday June 30th
Come and watch young tennis players in Switzerland's 4th biggest tournament, set in the heart of the village. Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka played here on their way to fame.
Sport: 12th Zermatt Marathon, Saturday July 6th
Marathon from St. Niklaus (1,116 m above sea level) via Zermatt to Riffelberg (2,582 m above sea level). The course covers 42'195 metres with a climb of over 1900 metres vertical. Far more challenging than your standard city marathon, set in a literally breathtaking panorama! The Zermatt marathon welcomes not only runners, but also spectators who can enjoy this event in unforgettable surroundings.
Golf - Matterhorn Eagle Cup, July 27th
This unique golf tournament is open to all golfers who are members of a club, and whose handicap is at least 36. Early inscription is advisable as participants are limited to 156. Played at between 2,000 and 3,000 metres altitude, the course is true to the Scottish spirit of golf, with completely natural fairways and greens, set among the high Alpine meadows, surrounded by spectacular mountains. Players are allowed three clubs of their choice, and three balls.
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Sports: 30th Täschalp-run and Alpine Celebration, Sunday July 28th
The start is in Täsch and your destination and aim is to reach the Täschalp ASAP! The stretch is 7.64 km long and participants have a total 780 meters to ascend in the categories Runners, Folks-Runners and Nordic Walking. The traditional Älplerfest along with Holy Mass, canteen-style catering and musical entertainment is naturally also part of the programme: healthy enjoyment and a breath of fresh air in the framework of an event that introduces guests and participants to the natural beauty and culture of this delightful region.
Folklore - Swiss National Holiday: August 1st
Celebrations for the Swiss National Holiday aren't forgotten here either. It is celebrated in traditional style with processions, parades, music, street food and markets.
The culminating point of the celebration in Zermatt has to be the large firework display around 10 p.m.
Folklore - Swiss Food Festival, Friday August 9th - Sunday 11th
The whole main street becomes a food street, with many charming stalls and tables serving a wide range of local produce, which you can either take home or eat on the spot. Delicious smells waft across the whole village: the highlight is the whole oxen roast on Saturday.
45th Swiss Folklore Festival, Sunday August 11th
Every year on the second weekend of August, Zermatt is overrun by Swiss Folklore groups from all over the country. The highlight of the Folklore Festival is the main parade through town with 50 different folklore groups with more than 1200 dancers, yodelers and musicians. After the parade the folklore groups perform at the fairgrounds and at the church square. Food and drinks as well as entertainment for the children is provided. Spend an unforgettable day at the foot of the Matterhorn with music, dance and lots of good fun!
Music and Folklore: Gornergrat Alphorn Festival, Saturday August 17th
Aiming high to set the world record for the greatest number of Alphorns playing together, at the Gornergrat which is 3,100m high.
Sport: 1st Matterhorn Ultraks Trail Run, Saturday August 24th
This new Matterhorn trail run is one of the most beautiful and challenging mountain runs. Three different race courses lead from Zermatt into the mountains up to 3,100m and back again, over distances of 16km, 30km and 46km, this last can only be won by the greatest of athletes!
CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH THE BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER:
THE ZERMATT FESTIVAL, Friday August 30th - Sunday September 15th.
For some years now, the autumn in Zermatt has not only been marked by the bright colours of nature, but also by the Zermatt Festival: the Classics and Art Festival with the soloist and ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic. An academy, a film festival, contemporary art and artistic performances with audience participation in beautiful churches and magical open air locations around the village provide nature lovers who particularly like to visit Zermatt during this season of the year with an opportunity to appreciate high art.
World-class musicians were never so close, and concerts are held up to altitudes of up to 2,222 metres! As this is also an academy for young musicians, you can attend all the rehearsals for free, and witness music in the making. Mountain Exposure is proud to be an official partner of the Zermatt Festival.
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Folklore and farming: The Zermatt Shepherd Festival,
Saturday September 7th - Sunday September 8th
The award ceremony for the best-looking Valais blacknose sheep and for the Shepherd of the Year, which will be elected the day before, will take place during the traditional Shepherd Festival at the Schweigmatten/Furi. That day offers plenty of opportunities to marvel at the attractive and affectionately coiffed sheep.
A varied festive program for young and old is guaranteed. And Wolli the kid's mascot will, of course, attend the festivities personally, as he will also be celebrating his birthday on this day.
Book a stay in one of our chalets and our concierge service will help organise any of the above for you. For more information email email@example.com or call +44 (0)8454 252 001 or +41 (0)27 967 4353.