Matterhorn Glacier Ride – cable car of superlatives


Experience both adventure and luxury like never before by embarking on the Matterhorn Glacier Ride, which is known as Europes cable car. This extraordinary journey takes you up, to the Klein Matterhorn peak at an altitude of 3,883 meters offering views of the majestic mountain landscape surrounding the iconic Matterhorn.

Matterhorn Glacier Ride – the ultimate thrill experience

Matterhorn Glacier Ride I

Matterhorn Glacier Ride I

If you’re seeking an alpine experience in the vicinity of the Matterhorn look no further! The worlds highest 3S cable car awaits you amidst the high altitude mountain realm. The Matterhorn Glacier Ride transports passengers from Trockener Steg to the mesmerizing Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn) at 3,883 meters above sea level.

This remarkable cable car boasts a range of features and superlatives; Step into one of its cabins meticulously crafted by Pininfarina settle into a cozy heated seat and savor a captivating 9 minute journey through the enchanting mountain panorama encircling the legendary Matterhorn. Upon reaching your destination immerse yourself in the wonders of Matterhorn Glacier Paradise—a mountain retreat with thrilling attractions that’re accessible all year round.

The design of this experience is attributed to renowned Italian designer Paolo Pininfarina, a member of the Pininfarina design dynasty known for crafting luxury sports cars for, over 85 years.

Modern technology combined with top international design

The 3S designation represents the “3 cableway system” utilized on the cable car known as the Matterhorn Glacier Ride. This innovative ropeway technology employs three suspension ropes to transport the cabins. While two of these ropes ensure cabin stability the rope functions, as the drive mechanism. The utilization of this system allows for increased transport capacity, wider spans and higher speeds compared to ropeway systems. Notably the Matterhorn Glacier Ride cable car stands as one of the 3S cable cars linking Zermatt with the Matterhorn glacier paradise situated at an elevation of 3,883 meters.

Since 2018 visitors have been transported via the worlds gondola lift to reach the Alpine paradise atop the mountain. The standout feature of this lift is represented by four cabins named “Crystal ride ” adorned with Swarovski crystals.

Crystal Ride Cabins

The Crystal Ride cabins on the Matterhorn Glacier Ride are adorned with crystals both inside and out making them truly unique, in the world.. There’s more to it, than that. These cabins also feature a glass floor that turns transparent after a 3 minute journey offering a view of the glacier below 170 meters away in just a matter of seconds.


  • Thrill factor glass floor – 170 meters above the abyss
  • Feel like a star: exclusive design with crystals inside and outside the cabin
  • No queuing – express access at the valley station

Video TD28 Matterhorn glacier ride Zermatt (CH)

After two and a half years of construction, the highly technically demanding tricable gondola lift to the Klein Matterhorn was opened on 29 September. Those responsible for the project will remember it as a particularly challenging time, which put man and material to an extraordinary test.

TD28 Matterhorn glacier ride Zermatt (CH)

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