Zermatt is home to iconic pyramidal peak, the Matterhorn! Lots of high bars here, such as the highest ski resort in Europe, snow certainty, two countries, skiing 365 days a year, a mountain so famous Toblerone* created a special chocolate bar and no cars other than cute electric mini ones. People from all over the world visit and yet, the village is able to maintain it's quaintness. It takes effort and time to get here which means that the people who visit, really want to be here. In order to get here, you either take a train for 4 hours from Geneva or Zurich, or drive several hours and park your car at Täsch (village close by) and then take the train or you can ski over from Italy, take the Cervina lift (this is the backside of the Matterhorn) or heli in a la Dicky Roper in The Night Manager.
- Toblerone is so beloved that changing the shape and packaging is an outrage!
What to do
Zermatt offers something for everyone, especially railway and outdoor enthusiasts and photographers. There are many restaurants and here a couple of our favorites. Both are a ways from town, offer incredible views, food and ambience.
Food and Drink
Zum See or Zum Blauen See Restaurant is an easy 35 minute to 1 hour hike from the town. This is one of our favorites.
Marti and Max have offered guests traditional and honest cuisine for around 30 years. Menu offers Swiss specialties as well as non-traditional fare. Regular hours are 8:30-5. Special event dinners must be planned in advance.
Sit outside (even in a parka) and enjoy the quaint atmosphere. There is also seating inside for inclement weather. Price $$-$$$
Chez Vrony is bucket list worthy! The view of the Matterhorn that will give you palpitations, the food is ambrosial and the ambiance is other worldly.
You can hike, bike or ski to Chez Vrony or take the Sunegga funicular at The Sunnegga-Rothorn valley station in Zermatt and then walk 10 minutes to the restaurant.
The restaurant serves organic home produce from livestock raised solely on alpine grass.
The ambiance is close to over the top! Sheep skins and blankets adorn oversize wooden chaise lounges that cover the sun terrace. Inside, cozy rooms filled with mountain treasures offer an intimate atmosphere. Swiss design Julen chandeliers and furniture define modern mountain chic. price $$$-$$$$
Zermatt Apartment Rentals is our top choice. Hosts, Lesley and Stuart, have Zermatt dialed in! They offer apartments and chalets with Matterhorn views, ski in/ski out and a variety of options.
Hosteling International offers no frills lodging.
Le Mazot Restaurant has a couple lodging options. We love the restaurant but haven't stayed overnight with them yet. They offer an affordable room with private bath or bargain shared climber's rooms with shared bath down the hall.