Zermatt

Zermatt

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Zermatt

Zermatt is situated in the German-speaking canton of Valais in Switzerland. It is a calm and tranquil village that boasts breath-taking surroundings and is beautifully quiet thanks to its no-car policy. The town has remained its tradition and rustic alpine charm, and it is easy to understand why Zermatt attracts visitors all year round with its stunning backdrop of mountains and awe-inspiring scenery.

Zermatt is set in the Matter Valley, looking up at the peak of the Matterhorn which reaches the height of 4478 meters, makes Zermatt an extraordinary base for skiing and hiking vacations. Zermatt’s ski region has over 360 kilometers of pistes as well as 54 mountain railways which are perfect for making the most of the fabulous powder snow and the variety of winter sports that are on offer.

Zermatt offers summer skiing that attracts many national teams to train here as well as summer activities such as walking, cycling and mountain climbing. The beautiful scenery can be admired across over 400 kilometers of walking trails that surround Zermatt. During summer you can swim in the crystal clear mountain lakes and families can explore the mountain forests and the many family-friendly activities that are available in the resort of Zermatt.

Atmosphere

Surrounded by glorious mountains, Zermatt is a peaceful and tranquil haven that is perfect for getting back to nature.
The town only consists of several streets, and although quiet throughout the resort, the bars and restaurants are bustling with people. The shops and restaurants have a wonderfully friendly buzz and a great homely atmosphere.
Zermatt is a popular place for skiers and hikers to congregate, with many lifts and trails available for exploring extensive peak range. However, if you just want to enjoy the sunny mountain views, Zermatt is a relaxing resort to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Best for

Fun family getaways
Winter sports and adrenaline activities
Peaceful and relaxing vacation with beautiful views
Hiking and mountain climbing enthusiasts.
Experiencing a cosmopolitan town with rustic alpine charm.

Best known for

Its photogenic mountain views and stunning scenery, Zermatt gives the best views of Matterhorn.
A popular town that is full of life, yet with only a few streets and a quiet car-free center it has a unique feel of being bustling and peaceful both at the same time.
Zermatt is best known for being a ski destination that is suitable for families, intermediate and expert skiers.
It is a popular and attractive town that offers wonderful gastronomy and all the amenities of a vibrant town but with alpine character.

Best time to visit

The winter season runs from November until the end of April which means it is a great choice for early and late season visit. Zermatt offers reliable snow throughout the winter season which is perfect for skiing, sledding and winter hiking.

The summer season runs from mid-July until early October and is perfect for enjoying the green alpine meadows and beautifully clear mountain lakes. Summer hiking, cycling, and the low-level walking trails are great activities to admire the wonderful mountain scenery.

Best activities

In summer, the traditional cog railway will take you from Zermatt on a winding route up to Gornergrat which is at the height of 3089 meters and gives a glorious panorama and wonderful views of the Matterhorn.

When in Zermatt, it is well worth visiting the Gorner Gorge, which is a footpath through a deeply scarped gorge which is an interesting adventure along a fixed rope route across narrow bridges.

In winter, if you want to perfect your turns and tricks, you can visit the snow park which is great fun for snowboarders and freestyle skiers and is accessed via the cable car that takes you up to Matterhorn glacier paradise. This cable car leads up to the highest cable car station in Europe which stands at 3883 meters with breathtaking views of the Alps.

Best Restaurants

The town of Zermatt has over 100 restaurants and food outlets so you will be sure to find your perfect cuisine in your ideal setting.

The Omnia – This is a modern restaurant that offers inventive dishes and gourmet menus. The sommelier will match your food perfectly with the wine, and you are sure to be impressed with the quality of food in the contemporary restaurant.

Heimberg – Heimberg has a Michelin star to its name and offers an imaginative take on alpine dining. The dishes are surprising and have unusual and artistic presentation. Heimberg is often referred to as a culinary temple.

Chalet da Giuseppe – This relaxed and informal restaurant serves high-quality Italian food. The perfect place for a hearty meal in a leisurely setting after a day on the slopes.

Hotel Alex Grill – Set in the basement of Hotel Alex, this restaurant has unusual furnishings that are eccentric and characteristic, such as stained glass scenes and vibrant upholstery. The food is of exceptionally high quality, and the menu has a wide variety, so there is a choice for everyone.

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