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“Incredible Views of the infamous Matterhorn from Gornergrat”
Review of Hinterdorfstrasse

Ranked #11 of 81 things to do in Zermatt
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Due to travelling around Europe in the summer of 2013, we attempted to travel through Switzerland on a "budget". With this in mind we stayed at the village of Tasch, the last stop accessible by car. Parking is available at the train station 24/7 which is also the place where you will access Zermat, a car-free zone, via the local train line. The train line runs every 20mins and is very easy to understand.

I am not a serious hiker or mountain climber but i do enjoy a decent challenge. I woke early and caught a 7am train to Zermatt and began my climb. You can pick up walking maps from many of the villages and tourism shops free of charge. It took me 3 hours to ascend, although it is sign-posted as 5 hours and i'd recommend around 4 hours to comfortably enjoy the walk. The walking paths, to my advantage, are very quiet even in the summer and was a great way to connect with the nature and enjoy the tranquillity. My partner took the train to the top 2 hours after me and we simultaneously made it to the top of Gornergrat where there are 2 shops and a hotel. It is well worth making the extra 80m ascent to the 360 degree views above the train station.

The train ticket cost around £35 each way and is a great reason to walk down. This also took 3 hours, the same as my solo ascent. Remember to take plenty of water as this is costly but there are 4 places (stations and restaurants) on the route which you can enjoy a beer (£5.50) with great views of the Matterhorn. Other train tickets allow you to take the train to all the other stations, giving great flexibility on the amount of walking you would like to do.

Zermat is an expensive town flourishing with rich European and Asian tourists. There is a supermarket near the train station at the back of a small shopping complex. This is the only one in Zermat and the best place to stock up on snacks, ice creams and drinks.

Our journey was a very short one due to the cost of being in this area, however, we will return as this is one of the most beautiful sceneries I have ever seen and certainly the most incredible mountain I am yet to see.

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Reviewed 25 April 2013

There are plenty of restaurants to go to in the evening from Japanese to traditional Swiss. There is a fantastic cinema and cocktail bar called Vernissage something which should not be missed.

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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Take the Kliene Matterhorn cable car to first stage, and & go the to hotel, especially lunchtime, 12 - 2, for a great live music group. For Country Rock & 60/70s fans it is a must do, 3 great musicians, happy to talk to guests and play requests. Not loud,
just super sound - we stayed to the end of the session, great. In sunny weather they play on the terrace, ior snow/cold, an indoor stage. Good food & prices too! Go early as it gets packed, very popular.

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Reviewed 17 January 2013

We have skied extensively in North America. We were told we had to try Zermatt. Frankly, it was not worth the cost and inconvenience. The skiing is no better, maybe not as good, as Vail, Tahoe, Beaver Creek, etc. The scenery is nice and very unique. However, most disappointing was the apres ski and other activities in Zermatt. Other than expensive restaurants and shopping, there is little to do post-ski, particularly for kids. And the notion that Zermatt is a quaint little town with no cars allowed is false- the streets are routinely clogged with mini-taxis, service vehicles and buses. You have to stay alert- they will not slow down, and since the streets are very narrow, you have to duck and dodge! Overall, this was not worth the 23 hours of travel each way and a 50% premium in cost over what we can do in North America.

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Reviewed 3 January 2013

It is a great resort surrounded by high mountains, the air is incredible, the weather was great (31 dec- 3 jan 2013), nice chalets and hotels all over. Except the fact that everything is more expensive , i find no fault to Zermatt.
Major plus is that the slopes doesnt look crowded and you dont need to queu.
One minus: i expected from this marvelous resort to have more Winter lights over the town, on windows, balconies etc Really few buidings had lights and a nice chalet on the hill. Pitty. With more Christmas type lights this resort would have look absolutely magical.

1  Thank Maia0909
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