The Zermatt cable car company

Zermatt Bergbahnen AG

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Zermatt Bergbahnen make the Zermatt - Matterhorn destination a place full of unique opportunities for sport, relaxation and enjoyment. In order to make this breathtaking mountain cosmos as accessible as possible to locals as well as visitors from all over the world, Zermatt Bergbahnen has been pursuing a well-thought-out transport and tourism strategy for many years.

A number of mountain railway companies (Matterhornbahnen AG, Zermatter Rothorn AG, Standseilbahn Zermatt-Sunnegga AG, Gornergratbahn Sport Area, Skilehrerlift Riffelberg and Sesselbahn Findeln) merged in 2002. This marked the founding of the largest independent cable car company in Switzerland - a success story at the foot of the Matterhorn

More than just a cable car company

The pioneering spirit of Zermatt Bergbahnen is evident from its beginnings in the snowy heights to the creation of the ultimate cable car experience. The company has achieved local significance through its passionate dedication to the region, enabling everyone to experience the great outdoors. State-of-the-art technical expertise ensures quality and safety while preserving the magic of nature.

Milestones and pioneering achievements

Construction of the aerial tramway to the Little Matterhorn

The construction of Europe's highest-altitude aerial tramway was completed in late autumn 1979; following approximately three years of construction. A pioneering achievement at between 3,000 and 4,000 metres above sea level. 

The merger

A merger agreement resulting in the largest pure cable car company in Switzerland was approved by the shareholders of the mountain railway companies in Zermatt at the general meeting on February 15th, 2002.

Switzerland's largest cable car company

Effective since the merger of the mountain railway companies in February 2002, Zermatt Bergbahnen is now the largest pure cable car company in Switzerland. The merger brought about the unification of Matterhornbahnen AG, Zermatter Rothornbahn AG, Standseilbahn Zermatt-Sunnegga AG, Sport Area der Gornergratbahn, Skilehrerlift Riffelberg and Sesselbahn Findeln.

Switzerland's first autonomous gondola lift

The detachable 10-seater “Kumme” is Switzerland's first autonomous gondola lift. This autonomous cable car is introduced by Doppelmayr/Garaventa using the term “Autonomous Ropeway Operation” (AURO). AURO cable cars are characterised by their unmanned operation.

Matterhorn Glacier Ride I and II 

The Matterhorn Glacier Ride I and II are the world's highest three-cable gondola lifts and lead up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. These cable cars feature advanced technology, appealing design as well as outstanding comfort.

Matterhorn Alpine Crossing

The Matterhorn Alpine Crossing takes cable car travel to the next level. It is the highest cable-car crossing of the Alps between two countries

Projects and investments 

Since 2002, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG has invested a total of over 600 million Swiss francs:  355 million in transport facilities, 136 million in pistes and snow-making facilities, 47 million in machinery, movables and piste vehicles, 48 million in other facilities, 18 million in IT and digital information system

Machinery fleet

Zermatt Bergbahnen is proud to own a state-of-the-art and versatile machinery fleet that forms the basis for a safe mountain adventure that also runs smoothly. With the aim of offering guests unforgettable experiences in the snow-covered peaks and breathtaking landscapes, Zermatt Bergbahnen continuously invests in state-of-the-art technology and equipment, while focusing on environmentally friendly approaches. 

Into the future with innovation and a pioneering spirit

Zermatt Bergbahnen projects

Innovative projects by Zermatt Bergbahnen

Zermatt Bergbahnen sets itself apart through its innovative spirit and pioneering work, demonstrated by its implementation of groundbreaking projects to modernise and improve the entire infrastructure, thereby ensuring an outstanding experience. The company’s commitment to excellence and its orientation towards the future through innovative projects and continuous development are aligned with its strong focus on sustainability.

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