Zermatt’s Must See Annual Events and Festivals

The popular Swiss Alps resort of Zermatt is a great place to spend your holidays. You can relax at world class Zermatt hotels and go Zermatt skiing in the Klein Matterhorn.

There is never a dull moment in Zermatt and you can enjoy the sky the whole year round. Winter in Zermatt provides the best snow cover for skiing and snowboarding while summer in the Swiss Alps opens up roads and pathways leading to other Swiss Alps villages and even the peak of the Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn.

There are also lots of annual sporting events and musical festivals that you can attend and participate in to make your Zermatt vacation truly memorable. Here are some of the best annual events in Zermatt;

Horu Trophy Zermatt

Curling is a popular sport in Switzerland. The Horu Trophy Zermatt is the largest open air curling tournament in Europe and is well attended by the sport’s top competitors. Here up to 75 teams can compete in 19 different lanes located in the Natureisbahn Park. The next tournament will be held January 12 to 15 2012.

Ski Mountaineering Race Zermatt-Rothorn

The 11th annual Zermatt Mountaineering Race Zermatt-Rothorn will be held next February. The ski touring race will stat in Sunnega and will end in Rothorn.

Patrouille des Glaciers

April is the month for the biannual Patrouille des Glaciers. This race is a combination of foot race and a ski race that will cover 53 kilometers of the Swiss Italian border. The race will start in Zermatt and finishes at Verbier. It is an open competition that has lots of civilian and military participants.

International Matterhorn Run Zermatt

This annual race covering a 12.5 kilometers course and is well attended by elite runners. Though it may seem shorter than most marathons, the annual event gives some challenges because of its altitude of 2585 meters above sea level. The next event will be held in August next year.

Zermatt Folklore Festival

The annual festival is held every August. Every year, thousands of musicians, dancers and yodelers flock the street of Bahnhofstrasse as they march their way to perform in the Obere matten fairgrounds.

Zermatt Unplugged

This is Europe’s largest festival dedicated to acoustic instruments. Every April, a special tent is brought up so that visitors can enjoy live music while enjoying their fondue or a bottle of Swiss wine.

Zermatt Festival

The Zermatt Festival is a yearly event celebrated every September. During the Zermatt Festival, hundreds of classical musicians such as soloists, ensembles and orchestras can be found playing classical music in almost every public place in Zermatt including churches, restaurants, Zermatt hotels and open parks.

There is never a dull moment in Zermatt. Plan ahead your exclusive Zermatt vacation here at www.ZermatMatterhorn.com and be on the front seat of these great annual events in Zermatt.

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