The legendary Riffelhaus

Date of publication Winter 2017-2018

It’s not easy to be immaculately turned out at the ripe old age of 163, but the iconic Hotel Riffelhaus somehow manages it. Europe’s highest 4-star hotel (with spa), it sits in the heart of the Zermatt ski area at an altitude of 2,548m. Many years have gone by since the first party to conquer the Dufourspitze set off from here. Back then there was no outdoor jacuzzi from which to gaze at the Matterhorn, though the rooms retain a traditional feel with their all-wood walls.