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Time line

The milestones

1891          Visp-Zermatt-Bahn (predecessor of the BVZ Zermatt-Bahn) is opened

1898          Opening of the Gornergrat Railway

1914          Opening of the Brig-Gletsch section (Brig-Furka-Disentis-Bahn at the time, predecessor of the Furka Oberalp Bahn), railway goes bankrupt in 1923

1917          Commissioning of the Schöllenenbahn between Göschenen and Andermatt

1926          Furka Oberalp Bahn opened (under the management of the Visp-Zermatt-Bahn)

1929          Electrification of the Visp-Zermatt-Bahn

1930          Visp-Zermatt-Bahn is expanded to Brig

1930          Glacier Express put into operation

1933/34   Winter operation of the Visp-Zermatt-Bahn to Zermatt

1942          Electrification of the Furka Oberalp Bahn

1942/43   Winter operation of the Gornergrat Railway to the terminal station

1961          Furka Oberalp Bahn begins independent operations

1962          Name change from Visp-Zermatt-Bahn to Brig-Visp-Zermatt-Bahn

1982          Opening of the Furka Base Tunnel, Glacier Express in operation all year

1991          Several rockfalls in anniversary year of the BVZ (100 years)

1991          Name of Brig-Visp-Zermatt-Bahn changed to BVZ Zermatt-Bahn

1999          Transformation of BVZ Zermatt-Bahn to BVZ Holding AG

1999          Founding of BVZ Asset Management AG and development of real estate business division

2002          Shareholder participation of BVZ Holding in the Zermatt Bergbahnen in the context of the Sport Area spin-off

2003          Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn created from the merger of the Furka Oberalp Bahn and the BVZ Zermatt-Bahn

2004          Founding of Gornergrat Experience AG with the Burgergemeinde Zermatt (Matterhorn Group Holding)

2005          Takeover of the Gornergrat Railway by BVZ Holding AG

2006          Opening of the Matterhorn Terminal Täsch

2007          Visp becomes a full hub thanks to the opening of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel

2010          Launch of the online sales channel

2013          New freight terminal in Visp

2017          Founding of Glacier Express AG

2019          Opening of the ÖV-Hub Fiesch

2021          Opening of the multimedia exhibition "Zooom the Matterhorn" on the Gornergrat