The ski resort of Zermatt breaks all world records: luxury pistes, snow all year round and a comfortable cable car. Zermatt is also the perfect place in the Alps for gourmets.
The locals and vacationers get around on foot and by bicycle. Zermatt is located at an altitude of 1 620 m in a picturesque location in a small Swiss village in the canton of Valais. The resort is separated from Italy by the high Alps. The town has long been famous for its clean environment, so there has never been and never will be automobile transport. The nearest parking lot is situated 5 kilometers from Valais, where every 20 minutes local trains leave for the village. Zermatt is not accidentally recognized as one of the world’s best ski resorts. It is worth seeing at least once to keep the beauty of Matterhorn – the most photographed peak not only in Europe but also in the world – in your memory for life.
Locals and vacationers move on foot, by bicycle or by electric car. The nearest parking lot is situated 5 km away from Valais, from where the local trains leave for the village every 20 minutes. Zermatt is not accidentally recognized as one of the world’s best ski resorts. It is worth seeing at least once to keep the beauty of Matterhorn – the most photographed peak not only in Europe, but also in the world – in your memory for a lifetime.
Zermatt offers many activities for vacationers:
- Gastro tours.
The resort’s website broadcasts online about the state of the slopes and tourist spots. You can assess weather conditions in advance and prepare for your descent or hike.
Surrounded by the peaks of Monte Rosa, Dom and Matterhorn are the most stunning slopes for skiing and snowboarding. The total length of the ski slopes is 360 km.
The routes are divided by level of complexity and length:
Gornergratbahn – 3 089 м;
Riffelberg – 2 582 м;
Schwarzsee – 2 583 м;
Trockener Steg – 2 939 m;
Findel – 2 050 m;
Sunnegga – 2 288 м;
Antere Riffelalp – 2,111 m;
Riffelalp Resort – 2,222 m;
Matterhorn Glacier – 3,883 meters.
The authorities have taken care of the parents, vacationing with their children:
- Children under the age of 9 can use the elevators absolutely free;
- There are various discounts for teenagers 9-16 years old
There is no need to get bored in Zermatt. In the evening you can visit jacuzzis and saunas, swimming pools and baths, beauty salons or treat yourself to a beauty treatment.
In the resort there is a lot of nightlife, bars, discos and clubs, where popular music sounds for every taste and works the world’s leading DJs and bands. For fans of outdoor activities provides interesting entertainment, such as curling and skating.
Fans of extreme entertainment should visit the huge snow park with a view of the mountain slope. Snowpark Zermatt is suitable for both beginners and professionals.
Beginners can use the services of experienced Russian-speaking instructors in the ski school. Besides, they will prepare kids for their first skiing slope. Resorts will be pleased with unforgettable shopping. The central street is open a lot of boutiques and stores with branded goods, accessories and jewelry.
How to get there
From Sunnegga side there are:
- Three chairlifts;
- A cable car;
- Two funiculars.
To get to Schwarzsee you can:
- Five gondola elevators;
- Cable car;
- Chairlift and two rope tow lifts.
- Cable car;
- Four carriages;
To save money, you should buy the advantageous Ski passes card as soon as you arrive. It provides free transportation on the local bus and an unlimited number of climbs to the mountain peaks.
In addition to outdoor activities, it is definitely worth seeing the sights of the resort area. In Zermatt there are several excursion routes to the mountain peaks, and also worth a look at the Matterhorn Museum, located at the foot of the slope.
The resort is deservedly called gastronomic. The village is open a large number of cafes, bars and restaurants that offer dishes from different countries and peoples. Gourmets will enjoy a visit to Le Capri and After Seven, which received a Michelin star.
Travelers will find everything from standard fast food to exquisite world delicacies in the town. Tourists especially like the mountain cafes and restaurants located along the trails and elevators. Sitting in cozy lounges and on terraces, you can admire the scenic slopes at the same time.
How to get there
The distance from Malpensa to Zermatt is 191 kilometers. If you like comfort, it is advisable to book in advance the transfer from Elite Royal Cars. The trip takes 2.5 hours, on the way you will meet a few charming Swiss communes St. Niklaus, Randa and Tesch.