Famous for its breathtaking Alps, Switzerland is an ideal place to go sightseeing, mountaineering, and of course—skiing. Lying on the foot of Matterhorn (one of the tallest mountains in the Swiss Alps), you are assured of a holiday that will definitely be a memorable one.This place is packed during the icy winters but is also great during the summer, which makes it a wonderful destination at any time of the year.
This side of Switzerland used to be a simple village with a few inhabitants, that had agriculture as one of its most important attractions, but it has flourished into a booming tourist destination because of how beautiful it is and how it’s perfect for mountain activities. Below are some of the things you need to know about this wonderful place, so if you’re wondering what’s in store for visitors here or on your way to planning a Zermatt holiday, read on.
This place is car-free.
So it means that you cannot really drive here. Prepare to do a lot of walking, but don’t worry, this is not the kind of walk that you’ll hate—with the breathtaking Swiss Alps around you, it’s highly unlikely that you will complain. When was the last time you’ve been in a place where cars are almost nonexistent? Being a car-free zone, this city will definitely bring you somewhere refreshing and less busy. If you see cars or delivery cars, you’ll notice that they’re relatively silent than the regular ones found at home.
Activities in store.
Don’t be surprised when you arrive here in winter and find that you’re sharing this place with thousands of other visitors. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of space for everyone here, and having lots of visitors at this time of the year isn’t really surprising because this is one of the highest mountains in Switzerland. Some of the winter activities available here are:
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Skiing and snowboarding – these are two of the most famous activities to do here, and you don’t need to worry about the time of the year you arrive—this place is excellent for these 2 sports all year round. Some of the best ski areas in Zermatt include Blauherd/Rothorn (perfect for both beginners and experts), Stockhorn/Gornergrat (great for freeriding), and Klein Matterhorn (the biggest ski area here).
Heli-skiing – This is for experienced skiiers who are looking for a more exciting adventure. Heli-skiing is an option you may want to consider, if you’re up for an unforgettable challenge. One of the best operators is the Tour Monte Rosa, which will provide you with everything you need for this exciting, off-trail, downhill experience in a beautiful powder snow slope.
Playing in a snow park – If you’re looking for a place where you can practice tricks in smooth slides, super-pipes, and rails, head over to Zermatt‘s Gravity Park. This is perfect for a day of honing your skills, and it’s perfect for all types of riders who are looking for a fun airtime.
Dining – after an adventurous day of doing all the things mentioned above, one of the best things to do is dine at Zermatt‘s mountain restaurants. There are lots to choose from here–serving scrumptious traditional Swiss cuisine and have breathtaking mountain views while you consume them. Some of the best ones are Fluhalp, Zum See, Hotel Riffelalp, Blatten, and Chez Vrony.
Have you been on this side of Switzerland before? Share with us your experiences and perhaps share some tips and recommendations as well—we’d love to hear them!