Epic Europe



Artist Heinz Julen’s original architectural masterpiece, the Hotel Couer des Alpes “Garni” (B&B) is a true piece of art. Accessed by an elevator blasted through the cliffs, the unique style combines traditional Swiss charm with modern details - the perfect representation of tourism meeting the demands for the 21st century, while preserving Swiss cultural heritage.


Owned and operated by Heinz’s sister Leni and her husband Thomas Müller-Julen, the service is warm and attentive, and the hotel staff extremely welcoming and helpful, creating a loyal following of returning guests (book well in advance!).


SPA & WELLNESS: Luxury pool, hammam, caldarium, “dream shower”, Bio-sauna, fitness room, Kneipp bath, and outdoor whirlpool with view of the Matterhorn. Massages, therapies and special treatments are available with advance booking.


RESTAURANTS AND BAR: No restaurant, but an exquisite lounge area surrounding an open fireplace where you can enjoy the superb Swiss breakfast, light snacks or drinks in the evening.


LOCATION: Perched on a steep hill above town, but still in the heart of Zermatt and surrounded by its unique mountains. Elevator access through the rock, for those who prefer convenience over exercise.


SKY APARTMENT: Located on top of the recently-built second house, and accessible using an incredible side-sliding elevator (actually, a cable car disguised as a high tech elevator) and then a second lift straight into the living room. Comprised of three bedrooms, each with its own special character; located underneath the rooftop, accessible through a glass and cast iron stairway. Our favorite is the top bedroom with glass ceiling, for an amazing view of the stars and moon above the Matterhorn.




  • Luxury Zermatt 4* Hotel-Garni
  • Artist Heinz Julen’s original architectural masterpiece is a true piece of art filled with his design, art and furniture
  • Julen family hospitality, warm and attentive service from owners Leni and Thomas Müller – Julen
  • Luxury pool, hamam, caldarium, “Dream shower”, Bio-sauna, fitness room, Kneipp bath, and outdoor whirlpool with view of the Matterhorn.
  • 2 x Private 3 bedroom luxury apartments with hotel service, both finished with Heinz’s unique design and art
Coeur des Alpes 4*


Destination: zermatt
Experience options in: Zermatt


Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.

Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA


Would you like more information, or to have us create a tailored trip for you? We would be glad to begin the design process for your ultimate experience in the Alps. 

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