Zermatt Travel Guide

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    The Matterhorn
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    Gornergrat
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Zermatt Things to Do

  • Gornergrat

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Gornergrat is a Swiss montain with an altitude of 3,085 meters above sea level. The journey takes you in around 40 minutes and accessible the whole year. The rack railway which is built in 1898 and incidentally the first electric railway of its kind in the country winds its way up the mountain from the village of Zermatt. The ride offers wonderful...

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  • Matterhorn

    5 out of 5 stars

    Matterhorn is the largest icon in Switzerland and one of the most photographed mountain. Haven for climbers and for viewers, an amazing and stunning spot. The perfect area to catch some good captures is more probably from Gornergrat, but, the other perspective can be viewed from Klein Matterhorn.

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  • Glacier Express

    This is the station where the Glacier Express arrives in Zermatt, the centre of town next to Bahnhof Platz. Bahnhof Platz is where the hotel pick up vans collect passengers and their luggage. Zermatt is a non motorised town, therefore no cars or buses. When we departed Zermatt the local train to Geneva departed from Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn....

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Zermatt Hotels

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  • The Omnia

    I have just come back from my second visit to the Omnia hotel in Zermatt. I find it difficult to...

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  • Coeur des Alpes

    Le Coeur des Alpes (The Heart of The Alps) is rated as a 4 stars hotel. Ideally located face to The...

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  • Parkhotel Beau-Site

    We decided to splurge a little for the New Year break and our research pointed us in the direction...

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Zermatt Restaurants

  • Sunnegga Restaurant Cafe With Marvelous...

    We stopped for Coffee and a light snack, both were good, however the main feature for us was the fantastic view to the Matterhorn.It did not matter that the peak was covered by cloud, there is a whole mountain range to view, covered in snow, with glaciers here and there, helicopters hovering over the mountain and believe it or not a hanglider...

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  • American BBQ in Switzerland?!?!

    The restaurant was hoot! It was definitely a dining experience I will never ever forget in my life time. The food was a great take on American BBQ and the desserts were very tasty. But I have to say that the entertainment had to have been the best thing about the experience. An American BBQ restaurant in the middle of the Alps where they tried...

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  • Beer and Rösti at 10,000 Feet

    A great way to end a long hike. Whether you hiked all the way to the top, or hiked to an intermediate station and took the gondola the rest of the way, you'll feel you've earned the reward. Sit on the terrace and admire the Matterhorn while enjoying beer, wine, soft drinks, and/or food. If you have the money (as you can imagine, the food ain't...

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Zermatt Nightlife

  • Full moon... can't sleep... so go...

    If full moon night make you crazy or just in a fool mood, why not to plan a white night. Relax with a pleasant après ski athmospere and some "Gluhwein" (hot wine) glasses. Then wait the night by having a cheese fondue at the Kulm restaurant hotel after your ski day around the Gornergrat paradise. After all you would not leave this cosy place, but...

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  • Endless Zermatt nights

    Nice place...to discuss,to have a drink, to warm up, to dance or to catch a hangover... No ski shoes admitted...

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  • Movie & Bar

    This is a Bar & Lounge place with a movie theater. They use it as well for club-nights and special parties. There is always some kind of an exhibition on as well. It is worth going to see a movie in there as it is quite a special place. Lamps will disappear before the movie starts, there are different kind of comfortable chairs, drinks are...

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Zermatt Transportation

  • Glacier Express - St Moritz to Zermatt

    We took the Glacier Express from St Moritz to Zermatt one day during the last week of June 2014. A long day on the train known "as the world's slowest express train", our journey commenced around 9am and arrived in Zermatt approximately 7 hours later.During this trip we travelled over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. The train stopped at...

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  • Sunnegga to Zermatt by Funicular

    After a few hours hiking and taking photos we decided to have a coffee and light snack at the restaurant, enjoy our last view of the Matterhorn and glaciers, then walk 30 metres to the Funicular station for the return trip to Zermatt.

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  • Riffelalp tram

    The Riffelalp tram is the highest tramway in Europe.It links the train station Riffelalp with the 5-starred Hotel Riffelalp (2222 m) and was built to transport guests of the hotel.The 675 m long route is only served by the tram from June until October. The original tram was opened in 1899 but had to be closed 60 years later due to a fire which...

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Zermatt Shopping

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  • Cows galore

    This shop only sells wares that pertain to cows, being as how the cow is so important to the Swiss. There is no end to the number of choices that are available. The shop is bright and colourful and really eye catching. Plenty of gift ideas here. How much can you afford? There will be something there for you.

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  • Streets full of Shops

    The streets in Zermatt are lined with numerous stores, bars, hotels and restaurants. I was surprised by the number of watch shops, even in Zermatt, but there are clothing stores, bookstores all along the major streets.

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  • Swiss made luxury

    Zermatt is not only an alpine paradise but also a shopping paradise. Escpecially for luxury goods as watch, jewellery or Swiss chocolate ;-). Why not to let you tempt by a Swiss made watch from a famous brand, usually there are available only in the big Swiss cities but also in Zermatt. The advantage here is that all luxury shops are close each...

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Zermatt Local Customs

  • Swiss beer: Walliser Bier

    A local beer brand in the Canton du Valais is the Walliser Bier (German name) or Biere Valaisanne (French name).The brewery was founded in 1865 in Sion. In 1972 it was acquired by the Feldschlösschen brewery which is Switzerland's largest brewery.Popular beer types include their lager and the "Blonde 25" which is a fashionable light beer. It was...

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  • Local music

    One of the most famous Swiss customs is the playing of the Alpenhorn. The origins of this wonderful instrument are not really known, but it was once used as a means of calling in the cows for milking. I would imagine that the principle of playing the Alpenhorn is similar to that used Down Under when playing the Didgeridoo (although the end product...

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  • Goats Promenade

    Whilst walking along the main street of Zermatt I kept noticing that the road was covered in what looked like patches of horse manure. Anyway, I kept dodging them and didn't think much more about it until I noticed a poster in our hotel advertising the "La Promenade des Chevres" - the goats tour.Basically, each morning (around 9am) and each...

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Zermatt Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for speeding kids.....

    If you are in Zermatt on a weekday in school term time, just be careful at 3pm when school gets out. The local kids, God love them, are full of the joys of spring and become very boisterous and careless in their enthusiasm. You can be knocked down by a speeding bike or foot scooter very easily as they don't seem to have any concept of riding safely...

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  • Watch out for weather conditions

    It is important to check weather conditions before undertaking any kind of activity whether walking or skiing. If you have a TV in your room there is usually a channel which gives the the latest news on the weather and which ski lifts are open. Remember weather in the mountains can change from one moment to the other rather drastically.The pistes...

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  • Vicious St. Bernard's

    I always thought that St. Bernard's were fairly docile dogs, after all aren't they famous for rescuing people? This St. Bernard must have been nipping at the spirits in his barrel and a nasty drunk to boot, while inside being protected from the inclement weather, he lunged at another dog giving him a pretty good gash.We shared a train cars with the...

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Zermatt Tourist Traps

  • Schwarzsee PARADISE? Give me a break!

    Many years ago, one of my favorite hiking destinations in Zermatt was the Schwarzsee. Ideally located near the Matterhorn, it allowed you to get "up close and personal" with the mountain. Nowadays, there's a gondola system called the "Matterhorn Express," which can whisk you to this area, now coined "Schwarzsee Paradise," in minutes for the...

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  • Don't shoot Barry (Saint Bernard dog)

    Of course the picture could be great, but its price is less fun and I’m not sure the Barry grandson will get any benefit about it (what a boring job for him). ...the best souvenir are kept in mind and not on paper… (hopefully for me as I missed so beautiful photos during my travels ;-) Tripack's alternatives:1) Higher risky alternative: try to...

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  • The Matterhorn at home

    Here everything seems good to do some money as selling small piece of the Matterhorn. Just make the count if every visitors (+/-200’000 per year) buy one stone (+/- 100 grams) as souvenir = 20 tons of Matterhorn are exported annually ;-)Hopefully that they can’t sell the local alpine air till now. But in fact, could be a great idea… I keep you...

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Zermatt What to Pack

  • Winter

    Winter can be really cold and you can expect temperatures low to -10 °C, so plan some warm clothes, a windstopper jacket and confortable shoes that will also keep you warm and dry.Something you shouldn't forget is some sun protection, you can easily get bourned from the winter sun, for both your lips and face.

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  • Change in altitude

    If you are heading up to Gornergrat or any place else with higher altitude, make sure you dress warm enough even in summer. I was fine, in August, with a fleece pullover and a light windbreaker. Hiking boots with treads are a good idea if you are doing any hiking or even if you're not in event the pavement is slick. Sunglasses and a hat might be...

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  • Free map and hiking brochure

    Zermatt's Tourist Information offers many free helpful brochures. You should definitely pick up the town map of Zermatt which not only has a detailed street index, but also gives rough directions to the surrounding places like Zmutt or Sunnegga paradise.If you are planning to hike, the free "Adventure in the mountains" brochure is useful as it...

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Zermatt Off The Beaten Path

  • Gorner Gorge Adventure

    Explore the Gorner Gorge between Furi and Zermatt with its impressive rock formations (holes in the rock formed by glaciers, polished rock faces) pounded by enormous masses of rushing water is a unique spectacle of nature. The passage through the gorge is over a distance of about 1 km and takes approx. 3 - 4 hours. The highlights of the climb...

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  • Summer skiing on a Swiss snowy beach?

    Would you like to go skiing or snowboarding right in the middle of summer? Visit Saas-Fee or Zermatt summer ski area on high altitude glacier. These two biggest and attractive summer ski areas are for the first time offering combined ski-passes during the summer season from 2 July to 31 October.Saas-Fee and Zermatt are a 40 minute drive apart. 41...

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  • The Matterhorn at your foot...

    If you're in a hurry take an helicopter flight around the Matterhorn with Air Zermatt.I must admit that it is not the most silencious and ecological way to discover the Matterhorn, so if you have enough time enjoy it on foot or cable-car...Example: Zermatt Heliport - Matterhorn- Roundflight Duration: 20 MinMin. 4 passengers (single passager in...

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Zermatt Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking around Zermatt

    Zermatt is a hikers paradise, particularly in the summer months. The surrounding hills and mountains are covered in walking trails, of differing difficulty, taking adventurers through ice and snow, across alpine meadows and through idyllic forests.Check out the information on the website below, or pick up the "Adventure in the Mountains" booklet...

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  • Break the ice...

    For ice lover...Why not to discover the curling, the ice hockey, ice-skating.Where: Sportarena Obere MattenWhen:Summer (Apr - Sep): 08.00 - 21 00Winter (Oct - Mar): 10.00 - 19.30 Congratulation to our 2005 Figure Skating World Champion: Stéphane Lambiel

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  • Hiking The Alps...

    Nowadays, there is hardly another activity which provides more opportunities for flexible and individual holidays and leisure than hiking, trekking and glacier traversals. Thanks to its fantastic landscape, Zermatt is a hiking region in a class of its own : numerous 4000-meter mountains, imposing glaciers, deep gorges and many km of hiking trails...

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Zermatt Favorites

  • Mountain passes and tunnels information

    It is always better to be informed about road conditions.So for this reason here's a website that wil tell you every Swiss tunnel and mountain pass status, open or closed.http://www.tcs.ch/main/it/home/verkehrsinfo/paesse_tunnels.html

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  • Useful phone numbers

    The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...

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  • Few words in Swiss German

    Below few words in Swiss German that you can use while visiting Switzerland.Hello - GrüeziHello (to more than one person) - Grüezi mitenandGood evening - Gueten AbigHi (more informal than "grüezi") - Hoi/Salü/SaliHi (to more than one person) - Hoi zämeGood bye - (Uf) Widerluege/Ciao/TschüssThanks a lot - Merci vilmalSee you later - Bis spöterMonday...

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