Alpine flora and fauna
The Alp regions offer a wide range of wildlife and native flora. On our hikes we saw quite a few interesting animals, flowers and plants.
Among the animals was the "Valais Blackneck Goat" which is mainly located in the Canton of Valais.
It is usually long haired and has a typical black forequarter and white hindquarter.
Besides many other colourful flowers, we saw several "Silver thistles" (Carlina acaulis). It is a proteced alpine plant which can be found in regions of central and southern Europe.
Golf at the summit
Recently open in summer 2004, this parkland alpine golf of 9 holes (Par 36, 2.9 km long) has been designed by the golf specialist architect John Chilver-Stainer on a 21 hectares playground in respect with the nature.
Its location is between Randa and Tasch at 1’400m along the both side of the local river Vispa. Driving range, putting green, restaurant, changing rooms and showers are available on site.
At the far end of Zermatt not far from Furi you can enter the glacier gorge for a small fee - much like the one at Grindelwald. A series of boards around this ravine will enable you to see the rushing water cascading down from the glaciers safely.
Great food at great prices
We walked up and down the main road of Zermatt looking for a good grill. It didn't appear to be very popular, or else was only served at the swankiest hotels. But we finally found it when we came to Grampi's, which is a pub/bar downstairs and a restaurant upstairs.
We had very good grilled ribs and Buffalo chicken wings. Grilled spare ribs and buffalo chicken wings
Klein Matterhorn summit -video tour
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest mountain station of the Alps. It is situated on the summit of Klein Matterhorn.
The peak is at 3883m with the cable car terminal at 3820m, the highest cable car end point in Europe.
It is the highest point in the Zermatt ski area, where you can ski even during summer time.
On the highest panoramaplatform of Europe you get an all around panorama from the swiss alps, including a close view of the Matterhorn.
VIDEO of my visit: