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“Spectacular, beautiful, breathtaking.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hinterdorfstrasse

Ranked #13 of 55 things to do in Zermatt
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“Spectacular, beautiful, breathtaking.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The title of my review says it all. We went for a day trip to Zermatt from Zurich. Although a 3 hour trip because of the stops along the way it was worth every minute. Before we left for our trip to Switzerland we checked the weather every day to see what day would be best to go to Zermatt. We checked before we got to the hotel, the hotel in Zurich checked to see the weather and every day it was cloudy, or partly cloudy, 60% chance of rain, and cool only 60 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 16 Celsius. But we went anyway. I do not know where the weather prediction came from, maybe someone had to much wine because we got there and it was absolutely beautiful. Sunny, mild, clear view of the Alpine range and the Matterhorn. The town is quite interesting made for the tourist trade and I had to buy a shoulder bag to carry my coat and sweat shirt that I brought because of the incorrect weather forecast. The temperature in Zermatt was at least 20 Celsius or about 68 degrees when we got there and it went up in the afternoon. We went to Sunnegga to view the Matterhorn, my friend did not want to take a cable car any higher and this is an enclosed Funicular. We had a Swiss Pass so the cost of the trip was half. However, the view of the mountain was spectacular and had great views of the glaciers. It was worth the time and the effort just for the view. It was exhilarating.

Visited June 2014
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“Zermatt is beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

We visited Zermatt and rode the Gornergrat cogwheel train to get a closer view. It is spectacular on a clear day. We hear about the clouds rolling in but that did not happen for us. It was beautiful!

Visited June 2014
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“Worth every $$$ for the views are breathtaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

We arrived by vehicle at the city of Tasch (btw the ride up has some amazing mountain views, rivers flowing off the moutain and snow resedue) to park the car and take a train up for chf 16 both ways. At the top we were at the city of Zermatt, beautiful! There are electric taxis that can drive you around the city for, I think it was chf 10, not sure or you can walk. We were traveling with a 22month old, a 5 and 7 year old and they did wonderful. You can take a stroller or a baby carrier, they both work fine, there is plenty of accessibility for a stroller if it works better. Bathrooms, public ones did not work for us so we ran to mcdonalds and it was very clean and child friendly. The trip up to Matrerhorn by train is 30 minutes each way and it is chf 84 or chf 51 after 3 pm. The only draw back to the after 3 is that it does not leave much time to see around or even seat for a cup of coffee, because you have to be mindful of when the train ends the day's journey. The views are spectacular, glacier, mountains, ALL! But you have to have a clear day to see it all. Enjoy and one step at a time to take it all in!!

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“Looking toward the Matterhorn”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

Our friends love hiking and so we choose one week in Zermatt. The surroundings are breathtaking but this comes at a price: Accommodation in Zermatt is among the most expensive in Switzerland. Zermatt is a car-free village. Therefore we choose Täsch , which has connection with Zermatt by the frequent shuttle trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway. You can be in Zermatt in only 12 minutes and can make use of all the facilities of this world-famous resort. The ideal ticket for hikers, mountain-bikers and visitors is the Zermatt Peak Pass with unlimited rides on many cable railways and on the Matterhorn Gotthard railway between Randa, Täsch and Zermatt.
The village of Zermatt, is geographically very small. There are three main streets which run along the banks of the river Vispa, and numerous cross-streets, especially around the station and the church which forms the center of the village. In general anything is at most a twenty minutes walk away. During the summer there are roads and hiking trails leading up to a number of year-round restaurants in the direction of the Matterhorn. In the summer,a herd of Blackneck goats passes through the Bahnhofstrasse each morning and evening. This is the so-called “Geissenkehr”. Thousands of guests stand in rows to see and photograph these black and white goats.
There are more than a few average, but overpriced restaurants, specializing in lamb dishes.Other restaurants offers very good traditional Swiss dishes like fondue or raclette and all kinds of international cuisine . We recommend Arvenstube – Dorfplatz (Swiss specialities like roestis, fondues, apple strudel ) or Lanna Thai restaurant (experience an exotic breeze in the middle of Zermatt). We, however, prefer a pub, where the locals go. One such pub we found in Täsch near the church on the street Alte Kantonstrasse.
Zermatt is not just all about winter and summer sports. It's also well-known for its relaxed and friendly shopping in the pedestrianised .The streets in Zermatt are lined with numerous stores, bars, hotels and restaurants. We were not surprised by the number of watch shops,but there are also clothing stores, bookstores all along the major stress, a number of brand-name stores ,traditional Matterhorn Sport store, gift shops and souvenirs, the sweet Gourmet bistro Le Petit Royal, the front window is full of huge slabs of all different varieties of Swiss chocolate,Some shops are amazing. It's mainly for gifts of all sorts, There is beautiful handcrafted jewellery…Do not forget to ask the tax free form to get a VAT refund when you’re leaving Switzerland .
Hinterdorf is the oldest part of Zermatt where you can still find a few of the old wooden houses dating back to the 17th and even 16th century. Among them are warehouses and storage buildings for sausages, bread and dried meat. Most of the wooden houses were built on supporting posts to keep mice and rats away.
Zermatt is surrounded by a range of fabulous mountains, among which the highest of Switzerland: Monte Rosa, but it is famous for the Matterhorn. The stark, jagged silhouette of the Matterhorn, standing alone at the head of the valley,is the symbol of Zermatt. Through its shape and its unique solitary position, it is considered to be the epitome of a mountain and the most beautiful and most photographed mountain in the world. Years ago when we climb to Belaja Kaja in the Caucasus, theky told us that it was Caucasian Matterhorn. You can enjoy a wonderful view of the Matterhorn from the attractive places above Zermatt, which are easily reached by cable car or mountain train. For example : from the top of Mount Gornergrat (Gornergrat Railway),from the summit of the Klein Matterhorn (3883m), presenting the highest scenic outlook platform in Europe (series of cable cars),from Unter Rothorn (underground funicular railwas to Sunnega,than by cable cars to Blauherd and to Unter Rothorn).
With more than 400 km of marked hiking and walking trails, Zermatt, Täsch and Randa offer a wide range of options to hiking fans.Our beautiful tours: the hiking to the Hörnlihütte which is the start of the normal route via the Hörnli ridge to Matterhorn and hiking to Täschhütte from Täschalp/Ottavan.
Zermatt offer a wide range of fun activities. There were plenty of actions and exciting attractions as summer skiing,hiking,climbing, glacier palace at the Klein Matterhorn, mountain bike, a visit to the Matterhorn Museum, downhill trailscooter, helicopter sightseeing flights, Gorner Gorge( the unique wonder of Nature only 15 minutes from Zermatt ), Forest Fun Park, Nordic Walking routes ….

Zermatt completely fulfilled our expectations and Matterhorn is a memory of a my lifetime

Visited August 2013
14 Thank Antonín M
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Incredible Views of the infamous Matterhorn from Gornergrat”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2013
7 Thank mwilkinson209
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