The magical charm of the ice

Glacier Palace

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Step right into the highest Glacier Palace in the world: the Glacier Palace in the Matterhorn glacier paradise, at an altitude of 3883 metres above sea level. A place of enchantment which will draw you into the fascinating world of eternal ice. Surrounded by painstakingly created ice sculptures and centuries-old ice formations, it’s as if you have entered a magical fairy tale.

The Glacier Palace is not immediately visible in the broad ice field between the Klein Matterhorn and the Breithorn – you’ll find it 15 metres below the surface. The only way in is via a lift, and the journey down is already a spectacular experience.

Admire and enjoy

The atmosphere inside the palace is anything but icy, with soft lighting effects and music creating a mood of relaxation. You’ll be amazed at the naturally formed ice shapes and the new creations sculpted by artists every year. Gather yourself for the walk along the floor of a real crevasse. Wander through tunnels of ice. Pause for a while in one of the seating areas strewn with animal hides and take in the enchanting surroundings which glitter, sparkle and gleam all around you.

P.S.: There are lots of good photopoints where you can take great souvenir pictures.


  • Duration of visit: 30 to 45 minutes
  • Recommended wear: warm clothing and closed-toe shoes
  • How to get to the Glacier Palace: on the Matterhorn Express from Zermatt to Trockener Steg mountain station; continue by cable car or the new Matterhorn glacier ride up to the Matterhorn glacier paradise
  • The journey takes approx. 45 minutes.
  • Open: all year


Groups and organizations can arrange to have exclusive use of the new Star Lounge in the Glacier Palace for meetings or events. The Star Lounge provides a stylish atmosphere in which apéritif parties for up to 25 people can be held. The team at Zermatt Bergbahnen AG will be happy to advise you about the wide range of apéritif options.


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The recently renovated restaurant at almost 4000 metres.

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Your event at the Star Lounge

Discover a varied aperitif menu and tasty group menus.

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