An Ever Popular Resort
Zermatt started as a mountaineering destination and is still famous for mountaineering, skiing, and other winter sports.
The Matterhorn is and always has been the big draw to this village in the Swiss Alps, and after the first attempt at ascending this striking mountain, interest boomed in the area, and the resort village grew.
That was back in the 1860s, and Zermatt has stayed popular ever since. They say that the Matterhorn is the most photographed mountain globally, so do expect it to be busy whatever the time of year!
Great to dining out
Staying in Zermatt, you also won’t be short of a place to eat. Over 170 restaurants to discover, and they range from casual to upmarket gourmet restaurants.
Swiss cuisine is a speciality, but you will find restaurants serving all kinds of international cuisine throughout the village.
How to get there
Zermatt is a car-free village. This is great because you can wander around on foot or skis and not have to worry about lots of traffic.
However, it does make it more challenging to get here.
If you are driving, you will have to leave your car in Tasch, and then take the train or a taxi for the last 7 kilometres.
Bearing this in mind, coming all the way by train seems to be the easiest option, and you can connect through from Geneva.
You can also arrive in style by helicopter with Air Zermatt.
This service is expensive, but then everything about Zermatt is expensive anyway!
Music Festival in April
If you want some live music within these beautiful surroundings, you should come here in April when the Festival “Zermatt Unplugged” goes on.
Hotels and Chalets
The ski resort village and surrounding area are bursting with places to stay.
There are over 300 properties here, and no doubt there are many more chalets and self-catering places that you can rent directly from the owners.
Just under half of all apartments in the village are designated vacation apartments, so there are many accommodation choices.
There are over 35 properties with a 5-star rating if you want real luxury, and that’s more than some major cities offer.
You can find natural style and heritage at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, one of the originals.
It’s been providing luxury accommodation since 1879.
The Omnia is quite different in many ways; you access it via a tunnel leading to an elevator that takes you into the lobby area.
This hotel’s elevated position on a rock 150 metres above Zermatt means you can enjoy fabulous views.