........ luxury self-catered apartment in the heart of Zermatt
As a year-round destination Zermatt is hard to equal, impossible to beat! With it's breathtaking scenery, unlimited Alpine walking, superlative winter sports and world class collection of hotels and restaurants it is simply "the best". Don't just take our word for it. Survey after survey of top holiday resorts almost invariably have Zermatt in their Top10 list.
You may have gathered by now that we love Zermatt and are very passionate about what it has to offer, not least it's very interesting history and it's committment to excellence in everything. Our intention on this page is to give you a brief description of the main attractions in Zermatt, from our point of view. The local tourist office has a very comprehensive web site which will give you far more information about the resort than we can do here. If you need more detailed information, click below to visit their site.
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Zermatt in Winter
Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will never tire of what Zermatt has to offer. Boasting
the highest cable car in the Alps, at Klein Matterhorn (3820m), this is seriously high-altitude
skiing. You can even ski here throughout the summer.
Because of the altitude and the well-planned infrastructure, the pistes here are exceptionally
long - meaning less time going up and more time skiing down.
The whole resort is linked from Rothorn in the east, to Schwarzee in the west (right by the
Matterhorn). From Klein Matterhorn you can ski over to Italy and all the way down to the towns
of Cervinia and Valtournenche, a run of over 22km!
The range of transportation options is also interesting. Most of the high altitude lifts are cable
cars. But the Gornergrat railway will take you all the way from central Zermatt to Gornergrat at
3089m, with a degree of luxury and old-world charm. The extent and nature of the infrastructure
means that lift queues are virtually non-existent, even at the height of the season.
Most skiing guides list Zermatt as being excellent for intermediate and advanced skiers.
Beginners are less likely to make the most of the vast amount of skiing on offer - but there are plenty of slopes to suit the less experienced skier or snowboarder. The main "nursery" area is on the sunny plateau at Sunnegga - but once beginners have found their ski-legs there are plenty of long and easy blue slopes up on the glacier above Trockner Steg and between Riffelberg and Gornergrat.
An unusual and highly attractive feature of Zermatt is that, in the winter, walkers and skiers can co-exist on the same mountain. This means that a mixed party of skier/snowboarders and walkers can plan their days so that they meet at designated points for drinks or for something to eat, without having to return to the town.
More detailed piste maps can be found on the tourist office website (above) but a complete panoramic version can be downloaded from the link below.
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Zermatt in Summer (and between seasons)
Just because it's summer doesn't mean you can't ski, in Zermatt! With 20km of pistes open
all year round up on the Theodul glacier the snow addicts can just carry on as normal.
But most people might like to take a break from skiing and indulge in the many summer
activities for which Zermatt is famous.
Zermatt has it's roots firmly planted in alpine sports and mountaineering. With some 38
4000m-plus peaks nearby, even the most seasoned and experienced climber will find plenty
to keep them busy.
There are over 400km of marked hiking and walking trails in the area, to suit all abilities and
fitness levels. The mountain railways and cable cars make ascending and descending much
quicker and easier, if that is what you prefer.
For those who like to travel on 2 wheels. There are 6 designated mountain bike routes, which
total over 100km.
Even golfers are catered for. Just outside Zermatt, between Täsch and Randa there is a 9-hole course, with probably the most spectacular views of any golf course in the world. If you fancy trying a bit of "extreme golf" - you could enter the Matterhorn Eagle Cup, which is played up in the Gornergrat area (around 3000m !!!) in August each year.
Tennis is also very well catered for in Zermatt, as is paragliding, fly fishing and river rafting - the possibilities are endless.
Far more detailed information about all the summer activities can be found on the tourist office website (above).
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Not everybody wants to spend all their holiday careering down mountainsides, or hiking
Those in a more cerebral mood will find plenty to interest them in Zermatt, with its rich
culture and history.
A must for every visitor to Zermatt is the Matterhorn Museum. Located under the glass
dome of the former casino building, this underground world uses state-of-the-art technology
to present the history of a small farming village that became a world-renowned resort.
If music is your thing, try the Zermatt Festival which takes place in Autumn each year
attracting classical musicians and artists from around the world, performing concerts at
altitudes up to 2222m.
There are 12 churches and chapels in Zermatt and the Mountaineers Cemetry at the parish
church of St Mauritius is worth a visit.
Zermatt has only one cinema - but what a cinema! The "Vernissage" on Hofmattstrasse is
a masterpeice of the Zermatt artist Heinz Julen. Even if you don't want to see a film here, make
sure you visit the building - it's stunning.
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