Do you ever dream of a haven from the noise and bustle of the city? Zermatt is probably the right place for your next vacation. The town lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, Switzerland. Known for its skiing and hiking throughout the world, Zermatt offers breathtaking view of fabulous mountains.
This town is probably the only city with less air pollution in the world with almost no internal combustion vehicle. Almost all of the transportation in Zermatt use battery driven or electric power to prevent the air pollution.
Only some emergency vehicles such as fire truck, ambulances and municipal vehicles like garbage trucks are allowed to use combustion engines. Therefore, this city is very silent from the roar of combustion engines vehicles and elsewhere you can easily find horse carriage around the town. You can stroll or cycle leisure while enjoying the village’s scenery and inhale healthier air.
Skiing in Zermatt is divided into four areas: Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee. You can reach the top of little Matterhorn by cable cars or lifts. Also, you can enjoy panoramic view of Matterhorn if you are experienced mountaineers.
The glacier palace can be admired 15 metres beneath the ice surface. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise can be accessed through six ski lifts as well as a cableway. This ski area is the the highest summer ski region of the Alps on the Theodul glacier at 3850m. Moreover, Monte Rosa is very challenging to climb up which requires only for professional mountaineers with excellent skill and physical condition.
A cog railway operates between Zermatt and an altitude of 3089 metres Gornergrat provides a picturesque panorama. If you are fond of biking, Zermatt is also a great place for both mountain biking or just cycling through town. The Rothorn area is particularly good and suitable for all levels of cyclists which provides excellent routes and stunning views.
As the region of skiing, there are several events and tournaments held in Zermatt for instance from Matterhorn Ultraks Skialp, Patrouille des Glaciers, Gornergrat – Zermatt Marathon, Perskindol Swiss Epic, Matterhorn Ultraks Trail to Swiss Food Festival.
For a small city, Zermatt provides a great numbers of hotels and apartments for holidays which you should book in advance. Accommodation in Zermatt is among the most expensive in Switzerland and if you are on budget, you can try camping. There is a campsite open during the summer months.