If you are planning a trip to Switzerland, the town of Zermatt and the iconic mountain of Matterhorn should absolutely be on the itinerary during your travels.
The pyramidal peak straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy pierces the heavens amidst the Alps and provides onlookers with breathtaking views nearly everywhere you look in the town of Zermatt.
Traveling to Zermatt is only a 3.5 hour train-ride away from Zürich and the gorgeous scenery you’ll see along the way will not disappoint. Once you arrive in Zermatt and check into your accommodations, we recommend you go to the Sunnegga Express station and take a nice walk down the hill with amazing panoramic views of the charming town and surrounding mountains.
The old town village of Zermatt still has pioneer homes standing from earlier settlement of the area. As you stroll along the main street, you will see flower boxes with gorgeous blooms lining the windows of buildings, cute cafes and restaurants, and spectacular views everywhere you turn.
As you work up an appetite walking around town, be sure to drop in at one of the local cafes to try specialty foods from the area, such as the world-famous cheese Gruyere. You will also find no shortage of top-tier chocolate.
Now that you’ve found some time to relax and breathe in the crisp air of the Swiss alps, it’s time to start thinking about excursions during your stay in Zermatt. You can very easily take the Gornergrat train from Zermatt’s village centre. This train takes you up the mountain to an elevation of more than 3,050 meters (10,000 feet) above sea level with stops along the way.
You can get out and hike trails, check out natural lakes, and enjoy the beautiful scenery at any point along the way. You will also find hotel accommodations as you take the train up the mountain, so if you are looking for another place to stay, look no further than the Hotel Riffelhaus, the Riffelalp Resort, or the Kulmhotel at 3,100 meters (the highest hotel in Switzerland).
Even if you are visiting the region during the Summer months, you can still go skiing in the Swiss alps. Ski resorts operate year-round and great snow is available in the higher elevations anytime you visit.