When it comes to Switzerland, you can almost do no wrong when it
comes to booking a ski holiday in one of the numerous Ski Resorts
through the Swiss Alps. Zermatt, however, is extraordinarily unique
for many reasons.
Nestled in amongst the Alps in the Southern (almost South-West)
region of Switzerland, Zermatt is a mountain resort known for its
skiing, climbing and Alpine recreation. One of the only villages
throughout the world that does not allow vehicles on the roads
(with the exception of electric service vehicles) Zermatt is one of
the most quaint and beautiful towns you can possibly visit in any
season. The town of Zermatt looks up to the beautifully snowcapped
Where is Zermatt?
The town of Zermatt is located in Switzerland’s canton of Valais.
Switzerland itself, is surrounded by countries including France
(to its West), Germany (to the North), Austria (to its east) and Italy
(to the South). Nestled in amongst these countries provides
Switzerland with enormous benefits including shared Railway
Systems, or at least access to such sophisticated and shared
Zermatt is the perfect destination for adventure seekers (in the
Winter and every other season) through to luxury holiday seekers
alike. The accommodations are widely available, the accommodation is not cheap, however, it is very reasonable.
Should you wish to find and choose luxury accommodations, you can certainly spend a mini fortune and then some.
Your challenge when visiting Zermatt?
Deciding on what you will fill your time with. Whether it is hiking in the Springtime or
skiing in the Winter, you will have plenty of things to do in Zermatt, so use your time
wisely and have a rough plan for the duration of your stay, otherwise the time will fly
by and you may not have spent the time as perfect as you wanted to.
What is there to do in Zermatt?
There are countless activities and of course it depends on what time of year you choose to visit.
To make your visit unforgettable, consider the following recommended activities:
(or any time..... at least, Not-Winter time)
Zermatt is fabulous for hiking, mountaineering and climbing, mountain booking and even
summer skiing. Zermatt has snow certainty, 365 days a year.
Ensure to spend time visiting:
The Gornergrat - At the elevation of over 3,000m, the Gornergrat has one of the most glorious views that you can possibly imagine. The Gornergrat Bahn (Europe's highest mountain takes 45 minutes to climb 10 kilometers to the
summit of the Gornergrat. When you reach the Riffelberg (2,582 m in altitude), there is a hotel and a
restaurant with a beautiful open terrace with a great sundeck. After you arrive to the top of the
Mountain, grab a hot chocolate and take in the view.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise - The Theodul Glacier is open 365 days a year and is located at
the altitude of over 3,800m where Europes highest aerial cableway and summit sttaion.
The summit life will take you to the platform with a 360º panoramic view that is home to the
world's highest glacier palace. An absolute treat for the whole family.
For the hiking trails, click here.
Zermatt is just glorious during Winter. The Matterhorn pictured in the background provides a
beautifully scenic background sitting up there looking over the small town.
The skiing all over the Mountains around Zermatt is incredibly diverse.
From blue/easy runs through to the enormously difficult runs.
For the skiing routes, click here.
Wolli Snow Park - The kids will love Wolli Snow Park. Located at Sunnegga, it is a fabulous place
to take the whole family. Those members of the family can start their skiing adventures from
Wolli Park and those who need to brush up on their Skiing/boarding skills can stay within this area.
For the location of Wolli Snow Park, click here.
For the Entire Map of Switzerlands Mountains, see here.
BONUS Luxury Activity as a MUST-DO
One of the most exhilirating experiences you can do, particularly in Zermatt is to take a
helicopter sightseeing tour. Air Zermatt have a range of sightseeing tours from 20 minutes
and longer. Contact Air Zermatt here.
So, the basics of Zermatt....
Ensure to find out if you need a visa before you travel to Zermatt (Switzerland).
Click here to find out if you need a tourist visa..
French, German and English are the most common language spoken in
Zermatt region of Switzerland.
The Swiss Franc (1) is the currency in Switzerland. Convert your currency with the Swiss Franc here
The Swiss do next expect gratutities in service industries, however, naturally it is polite to tip
a couple of/few Francs.
Tips to Great Success in Zermatt:
* Ensure you have the right equipment and skiing/boarding gear for everyone.
* If you are venturing up to Sunnegga/Rothorn fields/runs, there are ski locks where
you can lock your skis (and leave them there - so that you do not have to take them
back to the hotel). You CAN buy Ski passes at the entrance (see photo here)
One of the best things you can do is buy yourself a bag to hold all or
as much gear that you possibly can.
Where to Stay?
There are so many hotels within Zermatt, and they range from comfortable to
beautifully luxurious. Find your hotel here.
Our tips for choosing the right hotel:
Your entrance to Zermatt will be via rail. Check where you will be staying in relation to the Rail Station
and if you are staying a fair distance from the Rail Station, request the hotel's shuttle (this could be
via horse and cart and/or this could be via electric shuttle)
* Remember to book a hotel that have a well-considered Room Service.
* Ensure your hotel have breakfast included in your package.
* This makes it easier for the family to fuel up on standard hotel type food.
In our Search Box below, type in Zermatt and find your hotel.