Nestled under the formidable & imposing Matterhorn mountain – the shape was the inspiration for Toblerone (!) – Zermatt is one of those ‘must visit’ mountain resorts.
At a Glance
- Top 5 things to do:
- Treat yourself to a slap up mountain lunch.
- Ski to Cervinia for the day and do as the Italians do, drink espresso in the sun under the moniker of 'skiing'!
- Visit the 'Vernisage' bar/cinema. Designed by local boy Hans Erni, a sophisticated night out is certainly on offer here
- Hold on for dear life when riding in an 'electro'
- Visit the local cemetery to remember those who didn't return for 'après-ski'...
- Getting there:
Fly to Geneva and take the train or fly to Sion and we will arrange your transfer although the regional airports do not generally feature Sion
Between 29 January 2011 and 19th March 2011, the train journey will be even more fun with on-board entertainment included - see Swiss train
- Airport Name:
- Geneva Airport is approximately 3 hours away by car or train. Zurich Airport is approximately 2.5 hours away by train. Sion airport is approximately 2 hours away by car or train.
- Blue Runs:
- Local currency:
- Time Difference from UK:
- + 1 hr
- Black Runs:
- Internet access:
- Yes - WIFI
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Ski Holidays in Zermatt
Zermatt conjures up images of chocolate box houses, great snow, fantastic scenery and of course the towering Matterhorn looking down on you at all times. Well, all of the above is pretty much true, however Zermatt has so much more to offer too.
Coming to Zermatt for a winter holiday is unique - if you are expecting a 'ski in/ski out' kind of resort...this place isn't for you. If you want to experience a 'real' mountain experience though, this is pretty much right up your street.
The resort is car free and upon your arrival at the railway station you will immediately feel that you are somewhere quite special. Either take one of the 'Electro' taxi's or the electric bus to your accommodation, get settled in, then kick back and get ready to experience a winter holiday like no other. In 2013 it was voted "most sutainable winter destination in Switzerland" - for the second time!
The resort is high, with the village at 1620m above sea level, so the skiing is even higher. The 350km of piste skiing is split into 3 main areas, Klein Matterhorn, the Gonergrat and the Sunnegga/Rothorn area with it's new funicular. All areas offer great conditions, with slopes of varying directions and degrees of difficulty, so whatever the conditions, you're sure to find a slope to suit. The off piste in Zermatt is legendary, however, don't forget you are in a high mountain environment, so you should never venture off piste without a guide. For a change of scene & if you have strong mountain legs, consider a day out in Cervinia too, lovely, forgiving wide cruise-y runs.
You could stay in Cervinia too - see Ski Resort of Cervina
The Zermatt ski area caters for everyone - if you are a boarder, the board park and half pipe on the Gornergrat area are where you should head for, and if moguls are your preference, head over to the Triftji part of the mountain.
After a hard mornings activity, wherever you are, you can be assured of fantastic mountain food to warm you up. Zermatt area boasts over 56 different mountain restaurants where you can rest your legs and take in some sustenance. Most restaurants aren't cheap, but do offer amazing options.
Doing more in the Ski resort of Zermatt
Zermatt also offers much to the non-skiers in your party. There are many winter walking paths available and tickets to the mountain restaurants can be purchased either on a day basis or a weekly unlimited 'pedestrian' pass. Additionally, many hours can be idled away walking along the main 'Bahnhof Strasse' either people watching or taking in some of the fantastic shops. For those who wish to experience the heights of Zermatt, take a trip up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, where you can visit the newly renovated glacier palace (built into the glacier), or make the most of the highest viewing platform in Europe, with it's 360 degree panorama.
After a hard day of activity, there is no time for sleep, whilst this is not a night life hot spot, there are 173 bars, restaurants and places to dance in until the small hours, however, do watch your noise levels, after 10pm, the 'shhh' police will be out, so come home quietly!
What's new in Zermatt?
New Chairlift. In the Schwarzsee area, there is a completely new six seater chairlift, which replaces the previous Hornli lift. This makes it possible for skiers to experience the magic of the Matterhorn on new, challenging piste kilometres at the foot of the legendary mountain's north face!
Zermatt is a great resort to access without having to fly - no need to worry about baggage charges or long check in times - head to Ashford or St Pancras and get the train via Paris to Geneva and then on....ideal - details coming soon - if you would like us to email you rates for 15/16 as soon as we have them - email us your details and requirements.
Accommodation in Zermatt
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Doing More … Design your holiday to suit you.
Doing More in Zermatt
All of these options are available for holidays in Zermatt. Prices may depend upon your chosen accommodation. You can add and change these items at any point once you have booked your holiday.
Design your holiday to suit you.
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Keeping the family happy
Short Breaks in Zermatt
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