When you think of the Swiss Alps, rolling green hills and snowcapped mountains pop to mind. Well, if this is your ideal, than the picturesque snow village of Zermatt is sure to tick all the stereotypical boxes, plus tick a few you didn’t even dream of! Here are our top five reasons to visit the Swiss village we fell in love with, Zermatt.
Nothing beats the Swiss Alps in winter. Snow covered peaks surrounding you on all sides, warm cups of cocoa or mulled wine to heat your hands and heart, buzzing après ski events full of cute locals and tourists, and that overwhelming picture perfect postcard feeling that many Australians get from seeing snow, usually for the first time. Coming from the warm climate of Queensland, I couldn’t be more in love with countries that have four seasons if I tried! So winter countries have captured my heart and Zermatt did too!
Walkability is a major plus when travelling so it’s great to see a town that does not permit cars. This is mainly an environmental measure, to keep pollution low and protect the pristine nature of this village. That being said, you can easily get around town by foot or if you are hesitant to lug your luggage through the streets, you can get a ride on the electric buggies or the more traditional horse and carriage.
Switzerland being the central hub between its neighbouring European cities, makes it the perfect destination for eclectic food choices. Featuring some great restaurants, Zermatt is known for its eclectic cuisine. Although the food is great, Swiss prices are astronomical and therefore, it is best to stick to the cheaper but still delicious options. Our favourite place was a tiny hole in the wall creperie called Stephanie’s and run by Stephanie herself!
Not only will you meet an eclectic mix of people from all around the world but you will also get the chance to mingle with the locals. All the people in the village are super friendly and willing to help at any chance.
Zermatt is home to the Matterhorn, the mountain made famous on the Toblerone packaging. So to knock two must dos off your bucket list at once, Zermatt is the perfect place to do it, as you will score some great views of the Swiss Alps and will have the opportunity to see the Matterhorn or even visit it!
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