“View of Matterhorn - symbol of Switzerland”

Zermatt is surrounded by a range of fabulous mountains, among which the highest of Switzerland: Monte Rosa, but it is famous for the Matterhorn. It was one of the last alpine mountains to be conquered (in 1865), and the first expedition that reached the top ended dramatically (only 3 of the 7 climbers survived).

If you've never experienced a car-free city of any size then Zermatt could be a bit of a surprise: during the high season nearly 20,000 people living in a town with only 5 or 6 streets and more significantly almost no internal combustion vehicles except very occasional outside delivery and specialist services. This means that you can leave a noisy bar or party, and a few minutes later on foot find yourself in utter tranquility. You can sit on the hotel balcony and listen to dozens of varieties of songbirds while watching the sun set on one of the most striking mountains in the western world. Wake up with the sun in a four or five-star room or a canvas tent to the sound of the aforementioned birds, crickets, church bells, and children's laughter.

Almost all vehicles in Zermatt are battery driven and almost completely silent. Taxi drivers have a habit of assuming that pedestrians have eyes in the backs of their heads, with occasional alarming though seldom injurious consequences. Horse drawn vehicles are equipped with bells and many startled pedestrians might well wish taxis were similarly provided.

You can cycle or stroll in complete safety.

Incidentally there is a version of the standard Zermatt skimap/summer walking map in English although for some reason the lift stations only seem to hand out the German/French versions with tickets. The map is free - you can generally find it on one of the stands in the lift stations or in the Tourist Information centre.

The name "Zermatt" is a contraction of the local dialect words "zer", which means "to", and "matta", which means "field" or "meadow". Therefore: "to the field", although many of the fields have since had hotels of apartment houses built on them.

credit by wikipedia.


How to get to Zermatt:

  • by train, every hour from Visp hub, no matther how you will come from Zurich, Geneva, Bern, Basel, Davos, Chur, St.Moritz, etc.  I'd reccommend to use 'Swiss Pass'. You would be able to save Train to Gornergrat 50%.
  • by car, you have to park at Täsch, then take a train or taxi for 7 kms to Zermatt. There is a Shuttle train every 20 minutes during the day departing from the Matterhorn Terminal Tasch, which contains 2100 covered parking spaces. You can take your luggage cart directly from your car, on to the shuttle, and on to the Zermatt train station forecourt.
  • by air, you may fly from major regional airports. The nearest airport to Zermatt is Sion, but due to its very limited flight schedule, most tourists opt for Geneva, Zurich or Milan Malpensa airports.
  • by limousine/van, you may hire a private airport transfer to Zermatt directly.

Personally, I would suggest 'by train'.

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in front of the museum....beaver monument
in front of the museum....beaver monument

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near the church, Matterhorn Museum.
near the church, Matterhorn Museum.

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Zermatt Church
Zermatt Church

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GEMEINDE BIBLIOTHEK
GEMEINDE BIBLIOTHEK

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Zermatterhof Hotel
Zermatterhof Hotel

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central Zermatt
central Zermatt

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a plenty of choices
a plenty of choices

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Selierhaus, Italian Restaurant
Selierhaus, Italian Restaurant

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Victorinox similar to watch shop... you may find any place in Switzerland.
Victorinox similar to watch shop... you may find any place in Switzerland.

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Swiss souvenir.
Swiss souvenir.

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Now... 7pm, not yet buying any food, had to hurry up.
Now... 7pm, not yet buying any food, had to hurry up.

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Take a note... 8.90 CHF which was my last choice if could not find any food in the evening.
Take a note... 8.90 CHF which was my last choice if could not find any food in the evening.

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"Buccherer" seems to be the most popular shops of Asian tourists. It sell Rolex, TAG, Piaget, Chopard, TISSOT, Swatch, Carl F. Buchere, IWC, Roger Dubuis with 3-5% discount. I found a shop in Lucern, offering cheaper than Bucchere...Zenith...if I remember the name correctly, situated about 100 meters in a small lane far from Buccherer (Lucern).

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You may find a Rolex shop in all towns/cities in Switzerland, no exception even a small town - Zermatt.
You may find a Rolex shop in all towns/cities in Switzerland, no exception even a small town - Zermatt.

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watches are the most popular souvenir goods...Asian tourists say if you come to Switzerland, you must buy a watch, esp Rolex.
watches are the most popular souvenir goods...Asian tourists say if you come to Switzerland, you must buy a watch, esp Rolex.

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You may stay for a night and take a trip to Gornergrat in the early morning then back to the other town.
Since Zermatt is quite far from the other main cities, south of Switzerland, difficult for me to get here, I stayed for 2 nights here.
In the 2nd day, I partly took a survey to the southernmost so that found a good place of photo shooting at Matterhorn.

You may stay for a night and take a trip to Gornergrat in the early morning then back to the other town.
Since Zermatt is quite far from the other main cities, south of Switzerland, difficult for me to get here, I stayed for 2 nights here.
In the 2nd day, I partly took a survey to the southernmost so that found a good place of photo shooting at Matterhorn.

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I stayed here for 2 nights,
In the 1st day arriving her about 18:00 hrs, just simply walking for an hour and buying some food in COOP.
I stayed here for 2 nights, 
In the 1st day arriving her about 18:00 hrs, just simply walking for an hour and buying some food in COOP.

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Finally I arrived at Zermatt - Ski resort town on the foot hill of Matterhorn. Many tourists must fall in love with Zermmat especially during the winter season.
Find web cam of Zermatt:
http://www.zermatt.ch/th/page.cfm/service/webcams
Finally I arrived at Zermatt - Ski resort town on the foot hill of Matterhorn.  Many tourists must fall in love with Zermmat especially during the winter season.
Find web cam of Zermatt:
http://www.zermatt.ch/th/page.cfm/service/webcams

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I traveled to St.Moritz by Glacier Express, taking about 8 hours on the train i.e. the longest traveling of my Swiss trip.
I traveled to St.Moritz by Glacier Express, taking about 8 hours on the train i.e. the longest traveling of my Swiss trip.

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