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Sunnegga to Europa Hut

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  • The view from Sunnegga funicular station
    The view from Sunnegga funicular station
    Foto: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
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Leave bustling Zermatt behind to catch the funicular to Sunnegga and follow the wonderfully scenic Europaweg to the Europahutte. 
Strecke 18,2 km
6:45 h
848 hm
866 hm
2.348 hm
1.951 hm

From the heart of Zermatt, take the funicular to Sunnegga – from June to October it leaves every 10-20 mins from the base station in Zermatt. 

Emerge from the station at Sunnegga ~2250 m to be immediately rewarded with views of the iconic Matterhorn ahead.  Follow signposts for the Europaweg and traverse the Mattertal valley following a good path over varied terrain, all the time with views of picture-postcard Switzerland.  The path passes through quiet woodland, over alpine-flower filled meadows, short sections of tunnel through the mountain, paths with steep drops and railings, along with the new (in 2017) 500 m long world’s longest suspension bridge before finally reaching the Europahutte nestled on the mountainside. 


The Europaweg should not be attempted in poor weather conditions. 


There are a couple of mountain restaurants where you can stop for a meal along the way but if it’s a sunny day you might prefer to take a packed lunch with you and lunch at one of the many benches along the path – there are fantastic views all along the route. 
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Catherine Allan
Aktualisierung: 21.03.2019
Höchster Punkt
2.348 m
Tiefster Punkt
1.951 m


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The route covers varied terrain – as with all the routes on this tour you must be a fit and experienced hiker who does not suffer from fear of heights/vertigo. 

There are signposts to let you know when you are walking through areas most likely to be affected by rockfall – please heed their advice.  In one section like this there are 3 corrugated metal tunnels into the hillside to avoid the most affected areas.  Much of the route has steep drops, which are occasionally protected by metal or rope hand-rails.  Other sections of the route pass over scree or boulder fields on uneven and challenging terrain – great care should be taken here. 

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Points of Interest


At 4478 m the Matterhorn is certainly not the highest, but it is surely one of Europe’s most iconic peaks.  The pyramidal peak with its four faces, each facing a different compass direction, is a challenging climb even for the seasoned mountaineer.  It is split between the Aosta region of Italy and the Valais region of Switzerland, and will draw your eye as you walk the Europaweg. 


The Europaweg is said to be one of Europe’s finest walks.  The route begins near Zermatt and traverses the east side of the Mattertal valley giving wonderful views of the Matterhorn and the Weisshorn, along with many other mountains.  It's difficult to rival the scenery along this trail!


Suspension Bridge

The suspension bridge on the Europaweg was built in 2017 to avoid the valley below which is prone to rockfall, which often caused the closure of the trail.  The bridge is 0.5 km long and takes around 10-15 minutes to cross.  It is certainly not for those with a fear of heights; there is a metal grate base underfoot and well fenced sides.  If you’re walking north you will soon reach the Europahutte.



Food & Drink

It’s best to bring a packed lunch on today’s route in case you find the huts en route aren’t open.  There are a few shops in Zermatt where you can pick up supplies – Coop, Pam and Kiosk supermarkets along with delis, and bakeries.  En route there are mountain restaurants at Tufteren (1.8 km into the walk), and the Europaweghutte at Ottafe (8.1 km into the walk).  The Europahutte (tonight's usual accommodation) provides a hearty evening meal served in the dining room with great views of the surrounding mountains, and can provide a packed lunch for the following day on request. 


This tour is available on the following itineraries: WSTOTM, WSTOTMN


Sunnegga Funicular station (2250 m) (2.278 m)
2'625'691E 1'096'213N
46.016983, 7.770359
46°01'01.1"N 7°46'13.3"E
32T 404815 5096669
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Europahutte (2220 m)


0.00 km – Emerge from the Sunnegga funicular station to views of the Matterhorn ahead.  With the wooden chalet Sunnegga Buffet Bar restaurant on your right-hand side BEAR LEFT to descent on the wide gravel track ahead with wooden fencing on either side. 

0.07 km – At the path T-junction with the cross on your left TURN RIGHT to follow the signpost for Zermatt. 

0.12 km – At the path crossroads continue STRAIGHT ON the grassy dirt track to descend with the stone wall up on your right-hand side. 

0.21 km – At the base of this track TURN RIGHT to follow the yellow Europaweg signpost and continue on the highest path skirting the mountainside into the trees. 

1.80 km – In the small settlement of Tufteren BEAR RIGHT off the track onto a narrow path leaving the wooden chalets down on your left-hand side and following the yellow signpost at 2215 m for the Europaweg.  [If you wish to stop for coffee or refreshments there is a mountain restaurant in the small village on the left of the track.]

2.00 km – TURN LEFT onto a wider path and continue with the valley below on your left-hand side.  AT the next junction continue STRAIGHT ON with the signpost for the Europaweg on your right. 

2.60 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON where a path goes off to the right (ignore this) and follow the signpost for the Europaweg. 

3.20 km – At a path junction TURN LEFT to follow the signpost for the Europaweg on route 27.  Take care when skirting the cliffs on your right-hand side as there could be loose rock underfoot or above you. 

4.40 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON and heed the rockfall signposts and use the hand-rails where provided (and where the rope/metal looks new and unweathered). 

4.80 km – Continue in the zone of rockfall passing a metal shelter (as pictured) on your right-hand side.  Please don’t stray from the path in this area.

5.00 km – At the 3rd shelter on your right TURN LEFT sharply to descend on a zig-zag path then continue STRAIGHT ON skirting the mountainside with the valley below on your left. 

5.30 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON the path out of the rockfall zone passing the signpost on your left.

5.40 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON (ignore the path on your left) to the narrow path descending through the trees, there’s a grassy clearing on your left. 

In 100 m you can use the hand-rails on either side of the path to protect from the steep drop below. 

6.30 km – At the path junction with the signpost on your right TURN LEFT sharply to follow the arrow for Tasch on the lower path for the Europaweg diversion. 

This part of the trail is often diverted due to rockfall.  If there is no diversion then just continue on the path to Ottafe.

6.60 km – Where the oath meets the road TURN RIGHT onto the road with the cross and water fountain ahead on the left.  Follow the signpost for Taschalp on the road as it ascends the valley.  It’s a quiet single-track road but please take care of traffic going to/from Ottafe village. 

7.60 km – BEAR LEFT to follow the road over the bridge and continue STRAIGHT ON

8.10 km – Pass between a thick, high stone wall on the road and TURN LEFT off the road onto a narrow path at the Kinhutte signpost below the village.  The Europaweghutte restaurant (open Jun-Oct) is slightly further up the road if you wish to stop for refreshments. 

Follow the red and white painted markers on the rocks to pass above the stone wall and continue skirting the mountainside with the valley below on your left.  Follow this path below crags through alpine meadows for 1.6 km. 

9.70 km – With the yellow signpost on your right-hand side continue STRAIGHT ON and follow the Europaweg signpost (3 hr to the Europahutte) to continue through trees. 

10.30 km – At the path junction with a signpost on the right continue STRAIGHT ON following the signpost for the Europahutte.  Ignore the path down to Tasch on your left. 

10.60 km – BEAR LEFT to remain on the path and pass through a corrugated metal tunnel in the mountainside (mind your head!) for ~50 m.  Emerge from the tunnel and BEAR RIGHT to follow the ascending path under overhanging concrete rockfall protectors.  You will soon pass through two more shorter tunnels. 

11.00 km – Emerge from the under the last of the rockfall protectors and continue STRAIGHT ON through the trees. 

11.60 km – After crossing a boulder field and walking through trees reach another boulder field and TURN RIGHT at the two (difficult to spot) stone piles to ascend below the huge boulder into the trees with the valley below on your right.  Follow the path as it zig-zags it ascent between the boulder field and the trees.  Take care – the path is uneven and rocky here. 

11.80 km – At the last zig-zag TURN LEFT to continue on the rocky path following the red and white painted markers on the rocks to skirt the mountainside with the valley below on your left. 

12.20 km – After the traverse on boulder terrain at the Springelbode (2219 m) signpost continue STRAIGHT ON for the Europahutte. 

12.40 km – Here you can use the hand-rails for the next 700 m to protect the steep drop on your left. 

13.10 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON to cross the stream with large boulders on either side and continue skirting the mountainside.  Take care if the water level is high – poles will help here.  In 200 m cross the metal bridge over the river (it may be slippery after rain). 

13.30 km – After crossing the bridge at the Wildikin signpost (2225 m) continue STRAIGHT ON the path for Europahutte.  There will be handrails to protect from the drop again on the next section of path. 

13.60 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON and heed the “danger area” signpost, cross the area quickly and safely using the handrails if you wish to reach the small waterfall and tunnel through the mountainside ahead.

In 100 m take care of the slippery wet rocks under the waterfall spray before entering the tunnel in the cliff.  Shortly after entering the tunnel there’s a light switch for solar powered lights to light the uneven floored tunnel.  Emerge from the tunnel and TURN RIGHT to continue on the path. 

14.20 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON through trees passing the signpost on your left for Randa and follow the next signpost for the Europahutte on your right-hand side. 

14.80 km – At the yellow signpost on the left BEAR LEFT to descend slightly through the trees.

15.50 km – After the zig-zag descent at the signpost BEAR RIGHT (not following any of the signpost arrows) and continue on the path through the trees. 

In 100 m at the path junction TURN RIGHT to follow the Hauspil Hangebrucke signpost for the Europahutte. 

15.70 km – TURN LEFT to ascend the wooden steps onto the world’s longest metal suspension bridge over the wide gully below.  Heed the warning signs and do not climb, jump, rock the bridge.  Take care as it make by slippery after rain.  It takes about 10-15mins to cross the bridge (if you don’t like heights do not look down!). 

16.20 km – After crossing the bridge TURN RIGHT and pass a bench on your left to reach a signpost.  At the yellow signpost continue STRAIGHT ON following the Europahutte path and begin the zig-zag ascent to the hut.  Continue following the signposts to the Europahutte for 600 m. 

16.80 km – After the steep zig-zag ascent follow the Europahutte signpost at Domhuttenweg (2238 m) to TURN LEFT.  Follow the rocky path over a boulder field towards flags on a boulder just before the Europahutte on your left-hand side. 

17.00 km – You have now reached the beautifully situated Europahutte (2220 m)!  Head inside to check-in and grab a well-earned drink on the balcony with wonderful views of the Weisshorn across the valley before a hearty dinner with your fellow guests. 


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2'625'691E 1'096'213N
46.016983, 7.770359
46°01'01.1"N 7°46'13.3"E
32T 404815 5096669
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This is a serious mountain hike at altitudes largely over 2000 m so please bring appropriate clothing – even if it’s a sunny morning the weather can change to rain or thunderstorms in the afternoon.  Bring plenty of food and water (at least 2 litres) for the day’s walk, along with waterproofs, warm layers and comfortable sturdy walking boots/shoes.  You may also wish to bring poles to help with balance, and the ascents and descents. 

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18,2 km
6:45 h
848 hm
866 hm
Höchster Punkt
2.348 hm
Tiefster Punkt
1.951 hm


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