Zermatt, in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking. The town, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Its main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants, and also has a lively apres-ski scene. There are public outdoor rinks for ice-skating and curling.
WHERE TO STAY
Romantik Hotel Julen Superior
Housed in a wooden chalet dating from 1937, this charming hotel is a 9-minute walk from Zermatt ZBAG-Iz slope station and a 10-minute walk from Zermatt train station.
Nestled at the base of Matterhorn mountain, this relaxed hotel is 6 minutes on foot from the Matterhorn Museum-Zermatlantis and a 9-minute walk from Zermatt gondola station.
The Hotel Alphubel is in a quiet and central location.
It offers a sitting room, terrace, rest-cure meadow, garden and a sauna.
Swiss Alpine Hotel Allalin
Overlooking the Swiss Alps, this upscale, alpine-style hotel is an 8-minute walk from a train station and a 9-minute walk from the Matterhorn Ski Paradise slopes.
THINGS TO DO
The village of Zermatt has been shaped by ancient traditions and modern tourism. The thrilling contrasts can be explored on a walk through the village. Time required: from 1 hour to half a day.
The 5-Seenweg (Five Lakes Walk) is in a class of its own among hikes in the Zermatt mountains. The views of the mountain lakes are superb (with the Matterhorn reflected in three of them), and the trail is full of variety.
Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis
The subterranean world of Zermatlantis, the Matterhorn Museum, reveals the history of the village of Zermatt. Attractions include original houses, a multimedia room and finds from the first ascent of the Matterhorn.
Matterhorn glacier paradise
The highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 m), with its new restaurant, sets fresh standards in sustainable development. The views of the highest mountains in Italy, France and Switzerland are breathtaking. The ski area on the Theodul Glacier is open 365 days.
WHERE TO DINE
Restaurant Old Zermatt
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