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Zermatt and the Mt. Matterhorn

One of the most beautiful resorts in the world: the Matterhorn, the most photographed peak of Europe, invariably attracts views.

It is necessary to be prepared for the fact that the resort is rather stretched, and you will have to walk to / from the lift with skis or use the bus / taxi. Do not forget to take a ride on the slopes of Cervinia for at least one day - many of them will seem quite interesting and picturesque.

The View of Matterhorn from Zermatt

One of the most beautiful resorts in the world: the Matterhorn, the most photographed peak of Europe, invariably attracts views. It is necessary to be prepared for the fact that the resort is rather stretched, and you will have to walk to / from the lift with skis or use the bus / taxi. Do not forget to take a ride on the slopes of Cervinia for at least one day - many of them will seem quite interesting and picturesque.

The View of Matterhorn from Zermatt Photo by maxpixel.net

Zermatt: how to get there

Nearest Airport: Zurich (approx. 3.5 h), Geneva (approx. 4 h). You can get to Zermatt from Milan. Traffic is prohibited in Zermatt, the resort can only be reached by train, and the car must be parked in the parking lot in Tasch. Trains from Täsch to Zermatt depart every 20 minutes (6.00, 6.20, 6.40, etc.). The fare is CHF 8 for adults, CHF 4 for children. If you are going to ride only in Zermatt, you can get by train from Zurich and Geneva airport to the resort with one transfer. The train schedule can be viewed on the sbb.ch website .

Zermatt website - www.zermatt.ch

 

Zermatt is a rather stretched resort, you can get to the ski area from three different points: the funicular to Sunnega, the cabins to Klein Matterhorn and Trockener Steg and the train to Gernegrat (the terminus of the train is opposite the train station, across the road). The train to Gornegrat runs once every half hour, at peak times - more often, the schedule can be viewed on the resort website.

Zermatt Map

 

The View of Matterhorn from Zermatt Photo by maxpixel.net

This place is rightfully one of the most prestigious resorts in the world. The symbol of Zermatt - Matterhorn - is known far beyond the borders of Switzerland. The resort is located in the headwaters of the Visp valley, surrounded by 38 peaks higher than 4,000 meters.

 

Webcams and weather in Zermatt: http://www.zermatt.ch/ru/en/page.cfm/interactive/webcams

 

Nearest Resorts: Saas-Fee , Rideralp, Crans-Montana

 

Height of skiing: 1620 - 3899 m

 

Routes and lifts: 360 km of slopes, 61 lifts (20 cabins, 22 chairlifts, 14 ski lifts)

 

Ski-pass: International (Zermatt, Cervinia, and Valtournenche) for 6 days - CHF 423, children 9-16 years old: CHF 212 Discounts for young people (1993-1996), the elderly.

 

Zermatt ski pass (Zermatt ski area only) - 371 CHF for adults, 186 CHF for children. Surcharge for the opportunity to ride in Cervinia / Valtournenche: 41 CHF / day. There are ski passes for 6 1/2 days, for 5 out of 7, 8 out of 10 or 10 out of 13 days. When buying a ski pass for a child and teenager, you must show proof of age.

 

A special ski pass for beginners is also offered, Wolli-Pass: Sunnegga-Express, Leisee-Shuttle, Chair lift Eisfluh, Findelbahn, Wolli-Beginners' Park - 186 CHF for 6 days for adults, 93 CHF for children over 9 years old. R

 

In Zermatt, the three main ski areas are interconnected. The extensive area of Rothorn (3103 m) is suitable for skiers of any level. For beginners, it is possible to take the train to Sunnega (Sunnega), and then use a small cabin to get to a special park for children and beginners, there are several conveyor lifts. In this skating zone, you can learn the first turns, bypassing the blue and red tracks.

 

The neighboring region near Gornergrath (3100 m) is considered to be one of the best in the Alps area for skiers on an average level. For beginners in Riffelberg, there is also a small skiing area near the train and the upper station of the cabin, and for those who have already mastered the basics, blue trails are suitable. It is on the Gornegrat that one of the most picturesque trails of the resort is located, from which an unforgettable view of the Matterhorn opens. In general, the Zermatt ski areas are more suitable for those who are already good at skiing. On the Gornegrat there is a viewing platform with a magnificent view of the powerful Horner Glacier and the majestic structure of the alpine four thousand meters, including Monte Rosa (4,634 m) and the of Matterhorn (4,478 m).

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In the southern sector of the ski area, the highest in the Alps is the Klein Matterhorn station (3883 m). From here you can go down to Italy and ride along the slopes above the resort of Cervinia, enjoying the wide and sunny slopes of the neighbors. Well skiers in Zermatt - expanse, there are quite a lot of red runs. Experts will be satisfied with the tracks 1, 12, 7b, 7m, and the black 13 and 14 tracks are also quite interesting. Lovers of virgin land will be pleased with descents from Khokhtalli and Shtokhorn. Snowboarders are also not deprived of attention - there is a snow park and a half-pipe in Blauherd and Rotenboden, a half-pipe on Theodulpass, border-cross.

 

 

Zermatt has a very long ski season, summer skiing (with a short break in June). A helicopter tour around the Matterhorn will allow you to take stunning pictures of the famous Alpine summit.

In addition to skiing, you can do other kinds of outdoor activities: mountaineering, climbing, paragliding and hang-gliding, sledding, skating, playing tennis, squash and bowling.

 

 

Zermatt offers more than 160 restaurants and bars, more than 50 mountain restaurants, 9 discos, a cinema, the Matterhorn Museum, as well as indoor pools and excellent hotel spa facilities. At an altitude of 3880 meters, there is an ice palace with unusual sculptures.

Learn:

 

Swiss Ski and Snowboarding School, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2466 - for a long time it was actually a monopolist at the resort, but this hegemony was violated by a strong and progressive school of Stoked The Ski and Snowboard School, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 7020. Summit Ski & Board School, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 0001 - another school with excellent instructors. Almrausch Swiss Snow Sports School, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 0808, European Snowsport, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 6787, Independent Swiss Snowsport Instructors, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 7067, and Prato Borni, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 5115. Alpin Center, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2460, offer freeride guides, and Air Zermatt, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 8686 - heli-skiing programs.

Few resorts in the world are able to offer such a large selection of dishes in mountain restaurants and huts.

 

Chez Vrony, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2552, in Findeln offers excellent ryshti, spicy fish soup, spaghetti with shrimps and wild mushrooms. Old hut and restaurant of the same name Zum See, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2045 amazes with the refinement of the cuisine, which is not too typical for the Alps, for example, magnificent tuna carpaccio with lemon juice, Thai duck or king prawns in curry sauce. However, the score will be rather big. Blatten, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2096, located under Furi, is renowned for its excellent rshet and other local dishes. Nearby is the Simi restaurant, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2695, at reasonable prices offering grilled dishes and various dishes from the canton of Valais. Alphitta tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2114, in Riffelalp specializes in local dishes. Fluhalp, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2597, located on the road to Gant, boasts the best views of the Matterhorn and exquisite cuisine. Stafelalp, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 3062, also specializes in chops and various omelets. Pizzeria Cervino, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 1812, on Trockner Steg, may not seem too cozy, but the pizza in it deserves attention: it is prepared right in the restaurant in a real oven. Hotel Silvana in Furi, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2800 is somewhat removed from the lift, and there is almost always a place to be found. Restaurant in Hotel Schwarzsee, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2263 offers excellent fondue. In all restaurants, especially during the peak season, it is better to book in advance. but the pizza in it deserves attention: it is prepared right in the restaurant in a real oven. Hotel Silvana in Furi, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2800 is somewhat removed from the lift, and there is almost always a place to be found. Restaurant in Hotel Schwarzsee, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2263 offers excellent fondue. In all restaurants, especially during the peak season, it is better to book in advance. but the pizza in it deserves attention: it is prepared right in the restaurant in a real oven. Hotel Silvana in Furi, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2800 is somewhat removed from the lift, and there is almost always a place to be found. Restaurant in Hotel Schwarzsee, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2263 offers excellent fondue. In all restaurants, especially during the peak season, it is better to book in advance.

 

Zermatt Hotels

 

In Zermatt, two special hotels have been competing for the right to be considered the best for over 130 years - the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof and the Mont Cervin Palace. Each of them offers everything that is supposed to present "grandee" in the Alps. Those who prefer solitude and are accustomed to looking down on the world, right on the highway, at an altitude of 2222 meters, are waiting for another five-star hotel, Riffelalp Resort (a mountain train or shuttle delivers guests to Zermatt and back). For holidays with the whole family or a large company in Zermatt offers a large selection of chalets and apartments. Adherents of modern architectural solutions often choose The Omnia designer hotel: unusual and incredibly elegant, it is located above the roofs of Zermatt, at an altitude of 1649.4 meters. Passing through a tunnel in the rock, the guests take the elevator, are at the top and freeze in delight.

 

***** Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 6600, www.matterhorn-group.ch, a favorite place of Audrey Hepburn and Walt Disney - a legendary hotel with a long history, has recently been updated, the rooms are enlarged and decorated with wood. Decent spa, excellent service, the hotel is located in the heart of the resort. In 2014, an extensive renovation will end.

 

Zermatterhof Hotel, Zermatt.

 

***** Mont Cervin Palace, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 8888, www.seiler-hotels.ch, was founded in 1851, several years ago it launched a chic 3-storey spa, works on cosmetics Kanebo and Organic Pharmacy. The hotel also offers new suites and an excellent wine cellar for 10,000 bottles.

 

Mont Cervin Palace

 

***** Riffelalp Resort 2222, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 0505, www.zermatt.ch/riffelalp, is the posh and most high-mountainous "five" of Zermatt. A mini-resort is built around the hotel on the Gornegrat, with a superb view of the Matterhorn and the highest outdoor swimming pool in Europe.

 

***** The Omnia Mountain Lodge, www.the-omnia.com is one of the most stylish hotels in Zermatt, the embodiment of the best trends of modern design and the traditional style of the canton of Valais. Spa center Feel Well with heated pool, hydromassage, jacuzzi, saunas, hammam, relaxation room, fitness room and massage rooms.

 

***** Cervo, www.cervo.ch: a chalet-style design hotel is located right by the road leading from Sunnega, and an elevator allows you to be at the funicular leading to this ski area in a couple of minutes. One of the resort’s best restaurants, stylish rooms, a spa suite, a master suite and a chalet combined with excellent service: Cervo rightfully occupied a worthy place among the “fives” of Zermatt. 

 

**** Hotel Alex, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 7070, www.hotelalexzermatt.com, - exquisitely decorated rooms, combining Alpine and Byzantine styles, nice spa and pool.

 

**** Hotel Alpen Resort, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 30 00, www.alpenresort.com, can offer family rooms and suites, a spa, a swimming pool, a gym and an indoor tennis court.

 

**** Europa http://www.europe-zermatt.ch/en, one of the best "fours" of the resort, in the snowy years you can ski to the hotel. Modern spa, good food.

 **** Hotel Ambassador, tel. +44 (0) 27 966 26 11, www.ambassador-zermatt.ch - comfortable, traditional, with good service.

 

**** Hotel La Ginabelle, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 5000, www.la.ginabelle.ch well suited for families with children, there is a children's club.

 

**** Seiler Hotel Monte Rosa, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 0333 - Winston Churchill's favorite hotel and place from where Edward Umper began his ascent to the Matterhorn. Located in the center of the resort, guests can use the Mont Cervin’s spa.

 

**** Seiler Hotel Nicoletta, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 0777, www.seiler-hotels.ch, also offers to use the spa center and the swimming pool of the Mont Cervin hotel, the hotel has a kids club

 

**** Hotel Sonne, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2066, www.sonne.masch.com is a family-run chalet-style hotel with a good restaurant and wellness center.

 

*** Hotel Alpenroyal, tel. +41 (0) 027 966 60 66, www.alpenroyal.ch: the hotel is quite conveniently located, good food.

 

*** Hotel Biner, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 5666, www.hotel-biner-zermatt.ch: located at the station, recently updated with the use of only natural materials, there is a spa with a swimming pool. The hotel is literally "turned" on its environmental friendliness - from the kitchen to the materials used. To some, it may seem rather strange.

 

*** Hotel Perren, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 5200, www.hotel-perren.ch - has been receiving guests since 1937, has a cozy and informal atmosphere.

 

Chalet in Zermatt

In Zermatt a lot of high-class chalets, as well as apartments of different levels. In particular, one of the most stylish options is the new Chalet Heinz Julen Backstage Luxury Chalet  . The chalet has five double rooms, each with its own bathroom. And the main "attraction" of the chalet will be a jacuzzi on the roof. www.backstagehotel.ch

 

Chalets Zaphir and Louise, tel. +44 (0) 20 8682 5050, www.scottdunn.com - luxury apartments in a chalet style, with 10 beds each, decorated by the famous Swiss designer Heinz Julen. The chalets occupy three floors, located near the Papperla pub.

 

Chalet Zen, tel. +44 (0) 20 7384 3854, www.descent.co.uk - one of the few detached chalets in Zermatt, decorated with antique furniture and paintings

 

Hotel Butterfly, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 4166, www.hotelbutterflyzermatt.com is located near the ski lifts. Comfortable, friendly and inexpensive.

 

Dinner: Restaurants in Zermatt

 

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Chez Vrony,

tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2552, in Findeln offers excellent ryshti, spicy fish soup, spaghetti with shrimps and wild mushrooms. Old hut and restaurant of the same name Zum See, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2045 amazes with the refinement of the cuisine, which is not too typical for the Alps, for example, magnificent tuna carpaccio with lemon juice, Thai duck or king prawns in curry sauce. However, the score will be rather big. Blatten, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2096, located under Furi, is renowned for its excellent rshet and other local dishes. Nearby is the Simi restaurant, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2695, at reasonable prices offering grilled dishes and various dishes from the canton of Valais. Alphitta tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2114, in Riffelalp specializes in local dishes.

 

Fluhalp, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2597, located on the road to Gant, boasts the best views of the Matterhorn and exquisite cuisine. Stafelalp, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 3062, also specializes in chops and various omelets. Pizzeria Cervino, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 1812, on Trockner Steg, may not seem too cozy, but the pizza in it deserves attention: it is prepared right in the restaurant in a real oven. Hotel Silvana in Furi, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2800 is somewhat removed from the lift, and there is almost always a place to be found. Restaurant in Hotel Schwarzsee, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2263 offers excellent fondue. In all restaurants, especially during the peak season, it is better to book in advance. but the pizza in it deserves attention: it is prepared right in the restaurant in a real oven. Hotel Silvana in Furi, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2800 is somewhat removed from the lift, and there is almost always a place to be found. Restaurant in Hotel Schwarzsee, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2263 offers excellent fondue. In all restaurants, especially during the peak season, it is better to book in advance. but the pizza in it deserves attention: it is prepared right in the restaurant in a real oven. Hotel Silvana in Furi, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2800 is somewhat removed from the lift, and there is almost always a place to be found. Restaurant in Hotel Schwarzsee, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 2263 offers excellent fondue. In all restaurants, especially during the peak season, it is better to book in advance.

 

Le Mazot, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 0606: specializes in grilled lamb.

Le Gitan, tel. +41 (0) 27 968 1940 offers excellent kebabs and beautiful king prawns

 

Decorated in the old style Schöferstube, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 7605, at Hotel Julen prepares lamb fine

 

Rua Thai, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 6181, in Hotel Albana Real offers authentic Thai cuisine.

 

At Casa Rustica, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 4858 serves good meat fondue and typical homemade dishes. Mood's tel. +41 (0) 27 967 8484 surprises with a glass floor and pleases with a modern kitchen for gourmets. Medium, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 4525 - the best place for seafood lovers

 

Corbeau d'Or, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2660, in Hotel Mirabeau boasts good food and a selection of wines.

 

Gastronomic restaurants of Zermatt (marked by Michelin and GaultMillau guides):

Ristorante Capri

16 points Gault Millau, 1 Michelin star. Located in the hotel Le Petit Cervin, on the 4th floor.

 

Alpenhof Le Gourmet

15 points Gault Millau. Mediterranean cuisine, cigar lounge with fireplace. Located in the Alpenhof hotel.

 

Gourmetstubli

15 points Gault Millau The

restaurant at Hotel Schonegg offers traditional dishes in the creative performance of the chef. The restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Matterhorn.

 

Le Corbeau d'Or

15 points Gault Millau

The restaurant at the Hotel Mirabeau Alpine Residence delights guests with exquisite dishes from chef Alain Kuster. Specialties: lamb in alpine hay with flowers, foie gras, iberian pork.

 

Heimberg

14 points Gault Millau points, 1 star Michelin

The surprise menu includes traditional alpine products. The restaurant is located in the very center of the resort, on the way to the Omnia hotel. 

 

In Zermatt, there is where to have fun, but life cannot be called a hectic nightlife: Hennustall is an excellent bar not far from the road, on the Furi road. Papperla - one of the most popular places to end the day skiing. Elsie's Bar, near the church is often crowded, but the atmosphere allows us to consider it one of the best places for champagne and oysters. Post Hotel offers a good and not too expensive choice: Papa Caesar's bar is upstairs, downstairs is Pink with jazz music, Le Village plays house, and Le Broken has an ordinary disco. Mood's is a good place for those who love peace. Arvenstube at the Hotel Pollux is remembered for the atmosphere and real fun. Schneewittchen is another popular place. Vernissage is a good place with a nice atmosphere, a gallery, diverse music and unusual decor.

 

Entertain and teach children

 

Summit, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 0001 accepts children from 6 years, small groups. Special new-school programs for teens. Snowflakes Kids Club from Stoked Ski School, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 4340 takes children from 3 years old, combining lessons and game lessons take place at Schwarzee. Snowli Snow Club, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 2466, operated by Swiss School offers a kindergarten from 4 to 6 years old on Riffelberg. Nico Kids Club, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 0777 at Hotel Nicoletta is open on weekdays and deals with children from 2 to 8 years. Childcare from 2 years old also offers Kinderclub Pumuckel, tel. +41 (0) 27 966 5000 s in Hotel La Ginabelle (open 6 days a week). Kinderparadies, tel. +41 (0) 27 967 7252, take care of the children from 3 months, offers babysitting services until 22.00 You can also hire a nanny through the Tourist Office (located at the train station)

 

Related links:

 

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