Hotel Chesa Valese

Steinmattstrasse 30, Zermatt, Valais, 3920, Switzerland
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Need advice for 4 days trip to Zermatt and Interlaken

by aarkof

After reading this forum for couple of hours I still could not find all answers to my questions, so if someone could give me an advice I would greatly appreciate it.
Iā€™m traveling with my wife (mid age, both very active) in mid May and planning to stay 2 nights in Zermatt area and 2 nights in Interlaken area. We will be driving a rental car, coming from Lake Como area, going to Zermatt, then Interlaken, then to Germany. If the transfer between these places will take approximately half day each, we are left with just 1.5 day in each place (Zermatt and Interlaken). I need some logistics, please:

1. Which scenic road to take from Como to Interlaken (or Tasch, or ā€¦)?
2. Town/village to stay for 2 days with a car. I know that cars are not allowed beyond Tasch, but still would like to use it as much as I can instead of taking trains.
3. What to do/to see afternoon on day of arrival (we love hiking)
4. Next full day ā€“ see Matterhorn! Take Gornergrat train? Kleines Matterhorn? Both?
5. Drive to Interlaken. Again which is the most scenic route?
6. Town/village to stay for 2 days with a car in Interlaken area.
7. What to do/to see afternoon on day of arrival.
8. Next full day ā€“ what to do/see (may be 2-3 hours hike)? Jungfrau?
9. And last question: for all these activities is it worth buying a Half fare card or just pay the tickets as you go?

I know I asked too many questions, but even any information is greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

Re: Need advice for 4 days trip to Zermatt and Interlaken

by marcwensma

Very nice trip but remember, it may be springtime in Como but it is still winter above 1500 m. so the passes are not open for cars yet.

1. Como-Andermatt-realp (there you have to go with your car on the train to oberalp) There is no other way that time of the year (nufenenpass=closed). Then to Brig-Zermatt. It is quite a long trip.

2. Park you car in Tasch and take the train to Zermatt. You will be just in time for dinner I calculate.

4. Gornergrat and klein-matterhorn are both super but you cannot do that in 1 day. I Would suggest Gornergrat (check if the restaurant is open allready)
Kl.Matterhorn=super on a clear day.keep warm because it is freezing up there (-15C is no exception).
5. Zermatt-Brig-Goppenstein-cartrain to Kandersteg-Spiez-Interlaken.
6.I would go on to Grindelwald and stay there. Next day by train(the only other way is to walk) to Kleine Scheidegg and if money is no problem to Jungfraujoch. Its beautiful.

So in a nutshell. Mid-May is very early for the alps, There is still a lot of snow (or still falling) No flowers (springtime is the end of june-beginning of july) But the Alps are always beautiful!!

Don't hessitate to send me a message if you want to know more.
Have a good time.

Marc Wensma

Re: Need advice for 4 days trip to Zermatt and Interlaken

by aarkof

Thank you Marc for your advice.
Did you mean Oberalp or Oberwald? Because I looked at the map and Oberalp is east of Andermatt, but I have to go west to Realp, then to Tasch, and Oberwald is west of Realp, right over the Furkapass. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I wonder if there is a website to check on mountain road condition in Swiss Alps. It would be helpfull when traveling there.
Any idea how much might the car train transportation might cost for Realp-Oberwald and Goppenstein-Kandersteg?

One more question if you don't mind. I'm planning to arrive to Zurich around 16:15, get a rental car and drive south toward Venice. I've already booked a hotel for this night east of Milan, in Bergamo area. Accourding to Michelin trip planner it will take 3+ hours. Do you think it is true in reality? Is it doable to get there on my first night?
Thank you in advance,

Re: Need advice for 4 days trip to Zermatt and Interlaken

by marcwensma

Yes, it is Oberwald, I'm sorry

The trains cost about 40 Francs incl. passengers one way and take about 15 min.
I think it is ok from Zurich-Milano because it is all Highway.

From Andermatt to Zermatt it is on local roads and going up so that takes some time.

Road and pass info:
General info about Switzerland:

Re: Need advice for 4 days trip to Zermatt and Interlaken

by aarkof

Thank you Marc again for your valuable advice!

Travel Tips for Zermatt

The Matterhorn

by sswagner

I have my theories about why this mountain is so popular. First of all, it is jagged, steep on all sides, and very tall. Many mountains in the world are like this, but most of them blend in with other peaks. The Matterhorn is a freestanding mountain somewhat in isolation from the other peaks. This makes it very dramatic in appearance and thus draws people from all over the world to see it.

There are debates concerning the best vantage point. Some say Gornergrat, others say the center of Zermatt, others will argue in favor of the Schwarzee area. I would recommend as many vantage points as possible and then try and decide that answer. If you are like me, you would probably like all of them.

There is no guarantee that the mountain will be visible during a visit to Zermatt. The best chance is to spend as much time here as possible, and watch the sky at various times of the day. Be sure to check on it at first light or even at sunset. Sometimes, mornings tend to be clearer than the afternoon as the moisture builds on a warm summer day.

Official currency: Swiss Franc


Although Switzerland is situated in the centre of Europe it is neither a member of the European Union nor does it have the Euro as currency.

The official currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). The smaller denomination is called Rappen ( 100 Rappen = 1 CHF).

As all countries around Switzerland use the Euro as official currency, many shops and restaurants catering to tourists will accept payment in Euro but probably not at the best rate.

You can get your Swiss Francs from many cash points or exchange offices all around the town. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Most of the week, Edelweiss hidden in cloud.

by dabidc

What a fine location Edelweiss is in, seems to have its own cable car, not sure if it is a hotel or a house, but when the sun shines it has a tremendous view across the valley to the south and east.

Edelweiss is part of a full day hike that includes Hohbalmen at 2,600 m and on to Z Mutt.

From Zermatt to Sunnegga paradise by funicular


Several funiculars and gondolas serve the mountain region of Zermatt.

For one of our hikes we used the undergorund funicular which took us from Zermatt to Sunnegga paradise. Sunnegga paradise is good starting point for many hikes.

The trip takes only a few minutes and covers a difference in altitude of about 650 m.

In summer 2007 the single fare was 14,50 CHF and the return fare was 22,50 CHF (about 14,00 Euro). Various discounts are available.

Welcome to the highest hotel in the Alps...

by Tripack about Hotel Restaurant Kulm Gornergrat

The terrace, situated at 3'000m/10'000 feet above sea level, offers a unique view of the Monte Rosa, Liskamm, Castor&Pllux, Breithorn and of course Matterhorn. The self-service restaurant offers good, reasonably-priced meals.

On the photo you could see two domes. They provided a vantage point from which scientists could look out into space using infrared and radio telescopes. The clean air and optimum light conditions at this location allow an exceptional view of the galaxies.

The hotel is open all year round except November; the restaurant is open all year round.


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Address: Steinmattstrasse 30, Zermatt, Valais, 3920, Switzerland