Zermatt Travel Guide

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Zermatt Highlights

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    Skigirl says…

     Beautiful, picturesque village with long, long ski trails. 

  • Con
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    angiebabe says…

     can be very cold at night - even in summer. and expensive!even the youth hostel price was a mind boggling price for uncomfortable bunks in mixed gender dorms! 

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     Great for skiing, and partying afterwards. 

Zermatt Things to Do

  • Gornergrat

    With the sun shining and the snow laying in perfect, pristine conditions you are likely to have a fabulous train ride up to Gornergrat - a viewing point at 3100m - that looks directly at the Matterhorn and in the other direction to Monte Rosa. Starting from opposite the main Zermatt rail station you can catch the rack and pinion railway for about...

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  • Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

    The best thing to do on a visit to Zermatt is to get up into the mountains, and the ultimate place to do this is at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. At 3,883 metres above sea level, this is the highest sightseeing point in Europe which is accessible by cableway. One of the best things for me was the journey to get up there. It started with a trip...

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  • Glacier Express

    The Glacier Express is probably Switzerland's most scenic train journey. It's a year-round train service between Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and St Moritz in the Engadin skiing area. Billed as Europe's slowest express, its a narrow-gauge train which takes 7½ hours to cover just over 290 km (180 miles), at an average of around 24 mph....

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Zermatt Restaurants

  • 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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  • Lunch at over 3,480M

    Located near the top of the summit where the mountain splits off between Switzerland and Italy, the Rifugio Guide del Cervino is a classic high, mountain bar and restaurant where skiers and hikers can warm up, grab a beer or glass of wine and a hearty meal. I was told that this place and places like it on the mountain were old herder and...

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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....

    The Glacier Express is very plush and comfortable even in second class, but I would have seen just as much on regional trains and saved 30CHF which was the supplement I paid with my Swiss Flexi Pass. It wasn't the relaxing journey I had imagined, as there was frantic activity happening all the time, mainly concerned with serving lunch at the seat...

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  • Much more than a train ride- the Glacier...

    I'd been inspired to book a trip on the Glacier Express after I went to a talk by a travel company representative who led a group around Switzerland by train. Rather than pay the premium for the expensive hotels, the cost of the rep and all the fancy marketing I decided I could do a similar trip in January 2013 for much less. I think I achieved my...

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  • The Gornergrat Bahn

    One of the highlights of many trips to Zermatt is to take the Gornergrat Bahn (GGB) rack railway. Trains depart every 24 minutes from the GGB train station, across the street from the main train station. The 40-45 minute ride will take you up to the Gornergrat and its observatory. From there, you can get magnificent views of the surrounding...

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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

  • 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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  • Wine tasting into a glacier "carnotzet"

    A "carnotztet" at the Klein Matterhorn: what an unusual location for a wine tasting. There a fine selection of local white wine as Fendant, Petite Arvine, Johannisberg, Muscat,... is waiting for you. You could be sure the wine will be at the perfect temperature as the tasting is located inside the highest glacier grotto (3'800m).If you feel a...

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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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