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the matterhorn near Zermatt

The resort

Zermatt has got to be one of the most stunning ski resorts in the world, with the magnificent Matterhorn Mountain which dominated the slopes. The village itself is very charming and full of character and is mainly traffic free. The resort offers a mixture of both old and new with many ancient chalets and barns and grand 19th century buildings along with modern buildings mixed in. The oldest part of the village still has its old narrow lanes and the old wooden barns with slate roofs.

The modern day Zermatt stretches along both sides of the river with fantastic modern buildings that stretches up both sides of the steep mountains. The old and the new blend together perfectly, creating a very magical place. The main street is lined with many restaurants, bars, shops, banks and luxury hotels.

When you arrive at a square on the northern edge of the resort you will see many taxis, horse drawn sleighs and hotel shuttles which will all take you to your chosen accommodation, there is also a free ski bus service available for you to take advantage of.

The Cog Railway will take you to the Gornergrat sector and can be found near to the main station.

The Sunnegga Underground Funicular will take you to the Rothorn sector and is only a few minutes walk away from the main station.

The Mountains


The Matterhorn Mountain cannot be seen from the central parts of the village, in order to see the spectacular view from your accommodation you must stay on the eastern edge or the southern end of the village. Once you get onto the slopes you will discover the magnificent mountain in all its glory. A cable car trip will take you up to the Klein Matterhorn where you will discover fantastic scenery including stunning glacier views.

You can even ski over to the linked Italian resort of Cervina and enjoy a cappuccino and experience the fine wine and great food that’s on offer here all you need is a pass and your passport.

The world’s best mountain restaurants can be found in Zermatt, and there are over 100 to choose from serving traditional Swiss food, haute cuisine, Chinese, Thai, Japanese as well as a Mc Donald’s.

Aprés Ski

The Aprés Ski in Zermatt is fantastic and very lively with many great bars with live music including: Broken Barrel, Alex discos, Pollux, Hennu Stall, Papperla Pub and Olympia. Zermatt also offers great attractions including expensive jewellers and clothes shops along with places selling books, art, wine and food. There are stunning walks for you to experience including the Klein Matterhorn cable car which truly is an incredible experience. Here you will find a self service restaurant at the top along with a viewing platform, there is also an ice grotto which is home to many stunning carvings.

Indoor activities include:

  • Sauna
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Swimming pools
  • Fitness centre
  • Climbing wall
  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Concerts
  • Library

Outdoor activities include:

  • Ice rinks
  • Curling
  • 45km cleared paths
  • Snow shoeing
  • Tobogganing
  • Helicopter flights
  • Ice climbing
  • Paragliding

There are also many child care establishments in Zermatt along with fantastic ski schools for beginners.

Zermatt offers its visitors everything they could possibly want from a skiing holiday both on and odd the slopes.

Accommodation

Zermatt offers a great range of chalets including many VIP luxury ones and there are over 100 hotels including three and four star ones, all very comfortable and traditional. There are also many apartments some are apartments of hotels which enables you to take advantage of the hotel’s facilities. There are several hotels on the hill including a 5 star resort.

The Matterhorn

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photo kindly provided by Nick J Webb

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