Beware of the wolf? (Alpine fauna)
If somebody whistle for you on the Alps, don't worry it is certainly a marmot. You will able to observe some typical Alpine fauna during your stay as marmots, ibex, chamois, mountain hares, white fieldmouses, hawks, eagles,…
More about the marmots, which eat the different types of grass growing at this altitude in the mat-like vegetation and alpine meadows. They hibernate in winter in their tunnelled burrows, living on the fat reserves they have accumulated during the summer. The dry leaves they collect to line their nests make their homes extremely cosy. Marmots are solitary animals and emit a short, piercing alarm call (danger on the ground) or a long drawn-out call (danger from above). The golden eagle is their greatest enemy.
Another Alpine athlete, the chamois can run along a 60° steep rockface, jump down easily from a height of 8 metres and overcome an altitude of 1,000 metres in 15 minutes, a trained person would take 3 hours to do the same thing.
Lately we have a polemic especially about the reintroduction of the wolf (and soon bear?) in our Swiss Alpine region due to repetitive attacks against local sheep herds. So do not be surprise to met some around, although you will be very lucky ;-) Alpine fauna
Monument to Thomas Woodbine Hinchliff
On one of our hikes we found the Thomas Woodbine Hinchliff Monument by chance. It is neither located near one of the main hiking trails nor did we see any signs.
Thomas Woodbine Hinchliff was born in in 1825 in England and died in 1882. He was a mountaineer, writer and president of the Alpine Club from 1875 until 1877.
The Monument to Thomas Woodbine Hinchliff can be found somewhere northwest of the Riffelalp, just inbetween the Riffelalp and the tracks of the Gornergrat train.
Train from Visp
Even with free parking in Visp it is not worth taking the train from there if you have a car..Drive to Tasch and pay the parking, the train ticket from there is only 15chf round trip compared to 65chf from visp. I believe the parking in Tasch is 8chf a day
Not many tourists here...
This is definitely a locals hangout as you have to climb over the "beer after work" crowd who sit right in front of the entrance. The restaurant itself is quite lovely. Friendly staff, good service. I chose the Veal with Creamy Mushroom sauce and I was served a very hearty and tasty meal which came accompanied by loads of beautifully steamed vegetables. With my standard glass of red, the bill was 24 CHF.
Pfarrkirche Zermatt St Maurizius outside...
The Catholic church is situated in the main town square and dominates the skyline of Zermatt.
I couldn't find out much about its history, but it was a beautiful both on the inside and out.
I loved hearing the bells ringing from my hotel room two blocks away.