Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Switzerland:
Road emergency: 140
Psychological support (free and anonymous): 143
Psychological support for teens and children (free and anonymous): 147
Helicopter air-rescue (Rega): 1414 or by radio on 161.300 MHz
Air rescue (Air Glaciers) (in Valais only): 1415
Clothes for all weather required....
Stout shoes/hiking boots are a good idea in such a beautiful hiking area....plus you need to escape the crowds in the town. And don't forget an umbrella and water proofs. When it rains...it rains ...and then it snows!
The Matterhorn at your foot...
If you're in a hurry take an helicopter flight around the Matterhorn with Air Zermatt.
I must admit that it is not the most silencious and ecological way to discover the Matterhorn, so if you have enough time enjoy it on foot or cable-car...
Example: Zermatt Heliport - Matterhorn- Roundflight
Duration: 20 Min
Min. 4 passengers (single passager in combination with other passengers is possible)
Price: CHF 210.- per passenger
Other flights available see the website for more information.
Trains to Zermatt
There are direct train connections in Brig and Visp to the modern narrow-gauge BVZ Zermatt railway, which arrives in Zermatt after a 90-minute journey through the romantic, rugged Vispa Valley.
Two world-famous scenic trains begin or end their journey in Zermatt:
The Glacier-Express (St. Moritz/Davos - Zermatt)
The Rhone Express (Geneve - Montreux - Zermatt)
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
You can take the Matterhorn Express Gondola in order to reach one of the highest viewpoints in Europe. There is a (slowly disappearing) glacier that you can visit, and there is snow all year round if you want to go skiing or boarding