Don't go by its size. Zermatt might not be popular and mighty like Zurich or Geneva, but this small, snow-clad city at the hills of the Matterhorn peak has much adventure and pleasure to boast of. Plus, its a nice way to approach the country-side charm of Switzerland before moving on.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Zermatt is from February to April and from September to October
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
While the Matterhorn Museum looks like a modern architectural marvel from the outside, its dark and somewhat depressing interiors tell stories of the brave souls who lost their lives while ascending the Matterhorn. It also provides visitors an insight into the history of Zermatt and the daily lives of the simple townsfolk. Make sure you take a good look at the disreputable rope that broke in 1865 and turned what could have been a splendid conquest of the mountain into a tragic tale. Also take some time out to read Teddy Roosevelt's letters to his sister, documenting his experiences with the Matterhorn, the Grim Reaper of a mountain that claims up to twelve lives each year. You have to be very experienced, fit and brave to climb this giant. The entry to the museum which is open from 11am to 6pm is around 15 Swiss Francs with an audio-guide and tickets are available at the main entrance.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Europe's highest altitude cable car gets you to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at 3883 metres and grants you with the most alluring views of around 40 mountain peaks and a dozen glaciers. If in case you decide to skip Gornergratbahn, Europe's highest cogwheel railway that allows you to gaze at Matterhorn at 3000 metres, the Glacier Paradise should make up for the guilt. Apart from being a Mecca for ski-lovers, both children and adults are kept busy by virtue of an ice-palace and an ice slide. This place will make you realize that paradise can really be expensive as the tickets for the 40 minute cable car ride from the Valley Station in Zermatt come for about 80 Swiss Francs. Everything shuts by 4 in the evening so do keep track of your time and check the weather before departing.
I always feel that the best way to travel is by train, which gives us the opportunity to enjoy the fascinating scenery along the way when the train slowly moves forward. I tried the old green train in China, I also took the high speed train, but the fresh memory is the experience I had on Gornergrat Bahn Mountain Railway in Zermatt of Switzerland. It is said that Wallis, where Zermatt is located, is the driest and the most possible place for fine weather. It has more than 300 sunny days in one year. However, the promising good weather yesterday nightfall was just deceptive. When I got up in the morning, it was not only cloudy, but also was raining heavily. Since the price for all sorts of tickets in Switzerland is fairly high, taking cable car, or train to the observatory deck in this kind of weather is just a waste of money. So we took our time to get up, ate breakfast and waited for the weather to clear up. But, things didn’t go the way we wished for. It’s still rainy and cloudy when we went outside to take a look. Anyway, we decided to take a stroll when we saw various outdoor supply shops along the street.