Cycling routes

Visp - Zermatt - Scenic & side valleys

Zermatt

Visp

Closed

Starting out from Visp, you follow the same road that leads to Saas-Fee as far as the crossroads at the exit to the village of Stalden. Then, head in the direction of Sankt Niklaus, Randa and Täsch. From here on, the road is closed to motorised traffic as far as Zermatt.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Length

36.82 km

Duration

3:15 h

Description

Starting out from Visp, the first few kilometres of the route are fairly gentle and let you get warmed up before the real ascent, which starts shortly before you reach the village of Stalden. You then turn off to the right in the direction of Zermatt, leaving the valley leading to Saas-Fee on your left. The kilometres that follow take you through the villages of the Mattertal: Stock, Bifig, Breitmatten and Täsch. The peace and quiet of the last few kilometres between Täsch and Zermatt give you the chance to admire the exceptional natural environment around you. The ultimate reward for your efforts? Stunning views of the famous Matterhorn on arrival in Zermatt.

Turn-by-turn directions

From Visp, begin with a warm-up by following the river Vispa. On the road leading to the famous resorts of Zermatt and Saas-Fee, you pass through the village of Stalden before turning off to the right and entering the Mattertal valley. The road gradually climbs until it reaches the village of Täsch, nestled in the heart of a well-preserved, narrow valley. Little by little, the resort of Zermatt can be glimpsed behind the mountain range. As reward for your efforts, the internationally famous village then reveals views of the legendary Matterhorn – possibly the world’s most photographed mountain. 

Start

Train station Visp (648m)

Destination

Zermatt (1604m)

Author's recommendation

Zermatt is one of the most famous ski resorts on the planet. The road is closed to motorised traffic from Täsch onwards. A chance for cyclists to ride along a route that is practically reserved just for them!

Technical information

Altitude

1605m

648m

Ascent

+993m

Descent

-36m

Technique

Stamina

Experience

Landscape

Best time of the year

  • Jan
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  • Nov
  • Dec

Tags

  • Linear route
  • Scenic
  • Geological highlights
  • Fauna
  • Insider tip
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Cultural/historical interest
  • Flora
Getting there
Information

Public transport

Frequent train connections from all over Switzerland via the Lötschberg tunnel or the Simplon line to Visp (SBB).

Approach

Take the cantonal road number 9 from Brig or Sierre to Visp.

Parking

Underground parking at Visp train station. Follow the car park routeing in Visp.

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Additional information

More information:
- Visp
- Zermatt

Literature

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1308 St. Niklaus / 1328 Randa / 1348 Zermatt

Source

This activity is brought to you by Valais/Wallis Promotion

View of the Cervo hotel with the Matterhorn in the background, Zermatt. Valais, Switzerland.

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