Weekend in Zermatt

Share on email
Share on whatsapp
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin

Zermatt, being one of the most famous ski resorts in Switzerland is also a great place to just get away for a weekend and enjoy the town and its surroundings. Apart from skiing and sledging, one can go for long walks and hikes, relax in the local restaurants, cafes and bars as well as get to the highest viewing points and admire the best views on the iconic mountain Matterhorn.

Here are my weekend highlights:

  • Discover the town: Zermatt is not as small as it may appear; it is worth having a walk though the whole town. The cute houses, chalets, luxurious hotels, shops and fresh air will not disappoint you. For a short break and a drink I tried Chalet Hotel Schönegg (on the terrace overlooking Matterhorn during the sunset, with comfy lounge sofas), restaurant Grampis (great for a drink after dinner), Seilerhaus (for a cup of coffee on the fresh air), Brasserie Lusi (champagne, good music and just in the center of the town).
  • Gornergrat is a must while in Zermatt! It is an amazing place, around 4000m above sea level with the best views on Matterhorn and 29 other alpine peaks. You can get there by the Gornergrat railway, the second highest railway in Europe!
  • Scenic light hike down the hill: step off the train from Gornergrat to Zermatt at the station Riffelalp and walk towards the town. Beautiful forests, ski slopes, chalets, and Matterhorn will follow you along the way. Try traditional regional “Walliser Platte” (local cheese and meet plate) at the Restaurant Chämi-Hitta and relax on the sunny patio.

I stayed in the hotel Walliserhof that has been hosting guests since 1896 and is located just on the main street of the town. I liked the traditional Swiss flair of the place, typical regional interior and furniture and reasonable prices.

Hotel Walliserhof
Hotel Walliserhof
Hotel Walliserhof
Hotel Walliserhof
Hotel Walliserhof
Hotel Walliserhof
Hotel Walliserhof
Hotel Walliserhof
Hotel Walliserhof
Hotel Walliserhof
Gornergrat
Gornergrat
Gornergrat
Gornergrat
Gornergrat
Gornergrat
Gornergrat
Gornergrat

Related articles

It was interesting to discover the high level of Swiss engineering by taking the Schwyz-Stoos funicular railway, opened in 2017 after 14 years of construction. 110° is the maximum incline…

In the beautiful glacier village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland region there is one thing one should not miss – the flying adventure “First Flyer”. Take the gondola from…

Discovering the mountain region of the canton of Bern, Bernese Highlands, we visited and admired the following places: Beatenberg. It is quiet and easy to discover by car. The Dorint…

Dear readers, let me share with you my most recent Swiss discovery - mount Stanserhorn, a beautiful hiking spot, situated in the canton of Niedwalden, not far from Lucerne canton.…