Fairytale village in Southern Switzerland in the shadow of the Matterhorn. Super expensive ski resort; some people still on the slopes in mid-May.Hiking & Mountain Biking popular in summer.
No cars allowed - only small electric vehicles.
Special train from Visp to Zermatt: 36 Francs each way or discounted to 27 Francs with Eurail pass. Beautiful scenery!
More like military barracks. Bottom bunks too low to sit up straight so mind your head. Wifi was ok. Check-in only 16:00 - 21:00. Breakfast = additional 8 Francs/person 7:30 - 9:30.
We hiked to Riffelalp, the first third of the the trek to the summit of Gornergrat. Incredible views of the Matterhorn during the hike.
I used a walking stick named Sven until my sister spotted a stray ski pole that was probably only recently revealed once enough snow melted.
Cable cars & gondolas take you to the top of Gornegrat (observatory & shopping) or Klein Matterhorn (Glacier Paradise) for a hefty price.
Dinner at Cafe Du Pont; oldest restaurant in Zermatt. Fondue with herbs and Kirsch Schnapps served hot and bubbling in a red pot along with bread and potatoes.
The proper way to eat this traditional Swiss meal is to cut up the potatoes on your plate & dip pieces of bread into the pot; some cheese drips off the bread & covers the potatoes. Alternate bites of bread and potatoes.
Paired with salad and a local Vallais white wine called Hieda. (Many vineyards in the area.)
The following morning the valley was foggy and cold. Like waking up in the middle of a cloud.
Fun fact: The Matterhorn is the inspiration for the shape of the famous Swiss Toblerone chocolates & the peak featured on its packaging.