Zermatt: Mountainous Majesty at the Base of the Matterhorn

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Zermatt Switzerland and the Matterhorn night. Photo via Wikimedia, by Chensiyuan.

Zermatt Switzerland and the Matterhorn night. Photo via Wikimedia, by Chensiyuan.

By Liz & Mike Cakebread.

The Matterhorn, being one of the highest peaks in the entire Alpine range, is pretty spectacular to look at, especially up close. One of the best places to see the Matterhorn is in the nearby village of Zermatt, which lies at its base. From there, you can do all sorts of things, including skiing, snowboarding and cable car rides, but what else is there for visitors?

Staying There

Given its location, the stunning traffic-free village of Zermatt has plenty of accommodation for visitors. One hotel worth considering is the Villa a la Casa, which is in the center of the village. It’s got pretty much everything you could ask for from a hotel including access to amenities, while its mountainside location is as picturesque as you can possibly imagine.

On the Rails

One thing the Matterhorn is famous for (aside from its height) is its surprisingly extensive railway and cable car network. From Zermatt station, you can head further up the Matterhorn or throughout the entire Valais canton (region), but there are some places that may be worth exploring more than overs by rail.

Liz Cakebread from Inghams, who knows the Zermatt region inside out says that a trip up the cog railway from Zermatt to the Gornergrat Summit is a must. Once you’re there, you can see four different glaciers and from 4,000m up, marvel at the sight of over two dozen different peaks.

On the Piste

A cable car ride to the Kleine Matterhorn area is essential for anyone who plans to go skiing or snowboarding. At the end of the ride, you’re free to slalom your way down the difficult yet rewarding slopes on the border between Switzerland and Italy, even during the summer!

Elsewhere in Zermatt and its environs, you could:

  • Watch the village’s famous Goat Parade, which takes place every day during high season.
  • Visit the plateaus of Sunnegga and Rothorn if you’re a little scared of heights.
  • Sample some Dole Blanche wine, arguably the region’s most famous tipple, which goes perfectly with a fondue.

All that and more make Zermatt a good place to go, whether as a couple, friends or the family, but remember to bring an extra layer of clothing at all times of the year!

By Liz & Mike Cakebread.

Liz & Mike are very knowledgeable Inghams resort reps, having travelled and worked in number of resorts around the world. Their favourite resorts include Zermatt & Interlaken where they have worked for 2 decades. In winter their favourite place to be is Whistler Canada, where they have enjoyed the ski lifestyle for the past 15 years.

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