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Destinations » Switzerland » Zermatt Travel Guide
The beautiful town Zermatt is located on the Italian border in Switzerland in the canton Valais. It lies at the foot of the Matterhorn Mountain, which stands at a height of 4478 metres.
With about 300 sunny days a year, Zermatt is perfect for everyone who wants to enjoy a top class ski holiday in the highest area of the Alps.
Since 1947 only electric cars and buses without a combustion engine are allowed to drive in the town. This fact guarantees a clean, fresh air and the best conditions for all kinds of sports and activities.
A further highlight is the skiing facility in summer: about 20 kilometres of piste are on offer for 365 days a year!
Numerous shops are spread out around the town. Many of these specialise in sports clothing and accessories - tourists will find everything they require for their stay.
Jewellers sell the famous Swiss watches. Gift shops provide a wide range of souvenirs to take a piece of the holiday home.
This restaurant serves particularly good soups, sausages and cheese.
This restaurant has a very delightful atmosphere and also an acordion player.
This restaurant is known for its famous Café Grolla, a steaming mixture of coffee, Grappa, Cointreau and fruit.
The Vernissage is a unique venue which gives an insight into the new era of event gastronomy: a bar, lounge, restaurant, cinema - all in one! In the winter season the chef provides different tapas variations and other delicious snacks.
The restaurant Stadel is well known for their Raclette and Fondue specialties. Specially selected wines and cheeses are served alongside the food.
Zermatt has much more to offer than many other ski resorts.
Here is an overview of the different possibilities to make the most of your trip to Zermatt:
- Skiing and Snowboarding: 365 days a year!
- Different specials: Moonlight skiing, Freeride and Gravity Park, Heli Skiing…
- (Snowshoe) Hiking / Walking
- Ice climbing
- Ice skating
- Igloo village
- Mountain biking
- Forest Fun Park
- Fly fishing
- Mountaineering and Biking
- Zermatt Festival: early September
- Matterhorn Museum
- Village Guided Tours
- Folklore Festival: every second week in August
For anyone who still needs convincing: a trip to the cheese maker "Alpin dairy", a helicopter sightseeing flight or an excursion to the highest glacier palace in the world are some of the other thrilling excursion possibilities.