Zermatt (1620m) lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world, about 10 km from the border with Italy.
The climate is of an excellent quality: with 300 sunny days a year, there is less rainfall than anywhere else in Switzerland.
The air in Zermatt is clear, dry and clean, because, since 1947, only electric cars without a combustion engine are allowed to operate in the village.
There are several viewpoints in the village from which you can enjoy a view of the Matterhorn: the bridge by the church (Kirchbrücke), and the bridges leading to Steg, Schluhmatten or Zen Stecken.
Almost one-third of the 4,000-metre mountains in the Alps are grouped around this word-famous mountaineering and ski resort.
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This is a pleasant walk to get your hiking juices flowing, especially if you arrived in the afternoon and want to enjoy a couple of hours on the trails. Walk towards the Matterhorn and follow the signs to small hamlet of Z'mutt. Walking time is 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your level of fitness and how often you stop to take pictures. (Note: If you're not used to hiking, or if you aren't used to the altitude yet, there are some moderately steep uphill climbs. Don't be ashamed to turn back.)
Z'mutt itself is just a collection of farmhouses, really. There are two restaurants that open sporadically for lunch and/or dinner, and I think there are a few basic rooms available for tourists during the summer. In this case, one can say that it is about the trip, not the destination.
Zermatt is a very bustling and busy little town but at the same time most interesting and of course, extremely attractive. Go for a walk, you will not only enjoy what you see, but you will also get your bearings for the things you'd like to visit later.
We have reached the age where skiing is out but Zermatt is still great for winter walks. It is advisable to walk up to the places where you can get a skilift down. This will save your knees also use ski sticks to help.
I found Sunnegga, to be a great walk but we made the mistake of taking the Sunnegga Express up and walking down. I am sure there must have been thousands of steps to take before we reached the slopes where we could walk more comfortably.
From the restaurant Sunnegga, you have a splendid panorama to the Matterhorn/Cervin (4477m), the Zinalrothorn (4221m) and the Weisshorn (4505m).
Along the way there are some cosy restaurants where you can have a well deserved meal or a hot drink.
Walk around the village and in the outskirts and discover the beautiful architecture used to build the mountain huts that caracterize Zermatt. Cars are not allowed in Zermatt so you can walk around in peace (except for the mass of tourists...)