Zermatt is Europe’s highest ski resort and it’s spectacular snowy village is situated near one of one of the world’s most photographed mountains – the Matterhorn which is the famous mountain that inspired the triangular shape and the logo for Toblerone! Tucked deep in the Swiss Alps and often overlooked by other bigger cities such as Geneva, the village is not a place to be missed, full of character and offers a range of luxurious hotels and spas, Zermatt has hit the spot of one of our favourite trips to date!
Saving Money Tips | Zermatt
You have been warned, switzerland is expensive, expect high prices for transport, food and everything in between. There are some ways to reduce the price but if you are on a tight budget, switzerland may not be for you.
- Supermarket – You will find supermarkets better value than eating out but they are still expensive in comparison to other parts of europe however if you have your own kitchen you can cook in your apartment which will save you a lot more money than eating out, you can expect to pay 70 euro for two people for a meal out with a drink.
- Backpack food- Bring sandwiches and snacks in your backpack along you hike, also switzerland has the one of the most fresh cleaning drink water so you can keep filling up your water bottles!
- Hotels- The hotels are expensive but it is worth the magical experience here if you get the view of the matterhorn and the hotels provide top class service, the only way to save here is to try and book in advance and look for the best deal you can find using tripadvisor.
- Book travel in advance– If you are travelling via train then book in advance, travelling is expensive in switzerland. If there is the option to travel via flixbus then this is much cheaper and sometimes quicker than the trains but they do not operate everywhere in switzerland.
Top Things to do | Zermatt
Paragliding with FLYZermatt– FLYZermatt is the most popular paragliding business in Zermatt especially for the best views of the village and the famous Matterhorn. If you ever wanted to go Paragliding, Zermatt is as good as it gets!
Visit Schwarzsee Lake – A nice day trip is to take the Schwarzee gondola to Scwartzee Lake also known as the ‘Black Lake’ which is the final point of the climbers who have made it to the Matterhorn’s Peak.
Take a train ride – We experienced the most scenic and breathtaking train journey to Zermatt from Geneva. This is the only way to travel to Zermatt with its breathtaking scenery, there is no better way to travel!
Take a walk around the village – Full of character everywhere you look, the houses, cafes and restaurants will fill you with joy from this truly special mountain village. What is also special is the village is a car free zone, so no busy traffic or beeping noises around, just a peaceful environment.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise– The ‘Matterhorn Glacier Paradise’ is the peak nearest to the village and the mountain, Matterhorn. It is also the highest cable car station in the world and it will take you around 15 -20 minutes to walk to the Glacier Paradise cable car station, costing around 90CHF per Adult. There is a couple of stops you can choose where to get off, the Trockener Steg is halfway point which you can then take the tramway from there. This is a place to admire mother nature and take in the breathtaking views, a vision you will never forget.
Where to eat | Zermatt
Fuchs Bistro and Bakery $$ – Comfortable, friendly and delicious! Perfectly baked homemade sandwiches, snacks, pastries and desserts with the most exceptional service. The quiche and traditional swiss apple pastry is a must try here and you can also buy some delicious goodies to take home with you including their own chocolate spread which we highly recommend. A beautiful place to come enjoy in winter or summer with decking and chairs outside.
Restaurant Whymper-Stube $$$ – In the centre of the idyllic atmosphere of Zermatt village is this authentic swiss cuisine in a homely, warming environment. The menu offers various house specials cheese fondue, we went for the ham cheese fondue which was the perfect way to end our hiking day trip with a glass of wine and fondue. This is the perfect way to experience traditional food in Switzerland.
Findlerhof $$$$ – To get to this restaurant it takes a 25 minute hike down to reach the restaurant by foot from Sunnegga station and once you get here you can admire great food, service with view of the Matterhorn. A romantic, peaceful and beautiful setting to enjoy your meal.
Where to stay | Zermatt
Recommended Hotel – Parkhotel Beau Site Zermatt $$$$ – A stunning hotel, full of character, luxurious food and a relaxing spa, a stay not to be missed with the most spectacular view of the Matterhorn. This was one of the most luxurious and well serviced hotels we have experienced on our travels. The hotel room offers tea/coffee machine, spacious bathroom and view out to the mountains, huge balcony with a seating area and the most breathtaking view of the Matterhorn, traditional interior throughout and a comfortable night’s sleep in a king size bed. The breakfast has plenty to offer, all freshly made ingredients and you can find a cook on hand for hot food such as omelettes. During the afternoon you can enjoy some snack with tea and coffee from 4pm-6pm downstairs in the stunning reception area and in the evening, music is provided on the piano. The outside seating area overlooking the Matterhorn is a view you will never forget and if you wish to dine here you can enjoy the delicious food also. On the days you wish to relax, the spa is perfect to do so, offering a sauna, steam room, indoor pool, hot tub and relaxing sun loungers. Perfect for your skiing escape or a romantic getaway.
Bella Vista Hotel $$$ – Bella Vista is situated in downtown Zermatt offering a peaceful environment and a view of the Matterhorn. A relaxing stay after a hike in the mountains and a beautiful stroll into the village.
Alpenlodge $$-$$$ – If you are looking for a clean hotel in a quiet location this may offer you what you need. You will find easy walk into the village and a great breakfast offering, you will find the price is reasonable for Zermatt.