In the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn, this ski resort in the German-speaking region of Switzerland delivers excellent slopes, superb food and drink and excellent luxury accommodation – very gemutlich! Both on and off the slopes, you’ll discover much to see and do in this stunning, snowy wonderland.
Where to go
You’re in Zermatt – ski and snowboard to your heart’s content. There’s both downhill slopes and cross-country trails easily accessible for all levels. Zermatt is known for its moguls, which experienced skiers will love. Catch the gondolas and funicular railways to get to the Sunnega, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee and admire the astounding views of the mountains. Off the slopes, shop in the town’s fashion boutiques and speciality stores. To learn more about the history of the region, head on over to the Matterhorn Museum, with its displays of life at the top of the world.
Food & Drink
The Swiss are lucky – their cuisine combines the best of French, Italian and, yes, German cuisine. Expect lots of pork and beef, noodles and delicious, heavy and rich sauces and stews. In Zermatt, for good local food and lashings of atmosphere, try the Schwyzer Stuebli (Bahnhofstrasse 5). A great option for families with kids. For some refined, indulgent dining, head to Omnia (Auf dem Fels) for ultra-modern cooking that matches the stylish, sleek décor.
Ski resorts are always hubs for nightlife. Zermatt is no exception. The Hexenbar (Main Street) is a traditional Swiss bar, perfect for lounging in over a couple of hours. For sophisticated sipping, try the Vernissage Lounge Bar (Hotel Posi).
Where to stay
Our pick for Zermatt is the Hotel Bellerive
, family-run and owned, and thus, very family-friendly. Everyone is is
looked after here. Kids will like the variety of nearby activities, such as ice-skating, while parents will love the spa, warm, inviting atmosphere and impeccable, personal service provided by the staff. How to get there
In season, fly to Sion and either hire a car or catch a train to Zermatt. Alternatively, fly to Zurich or Geneva, then catch a train to Zermatt. Multiple airlines fly daily from London to Zurich or Switzerland.