Ski aficionados know that a trip to Zermatt, Switzerland should be on every skier’s bucket list. Just hearing the words “I’m going on a ski trip to Zermatt” is enough to send most enthusiasts into paroxysms of envy. To skiers and sightseers alike, Zermatt is a place that’s full of magic – for many, a trip there is like a fairy-tale come to life.
Zermatt sits high in the Swiss Alps, tucked into the rugged terrain at the base of the legendary Matterhorn. Being the closest village to that mountain’s awe-inspiring majesty, Zermatt is rich in mountaineering history. Its location also makes Zermatt a terrific place from which to photograph the Matterhorn, a jagged peak which is probably Europe’s most iconic mountain. Every year, thousands of visitors come to Zermatt just for the area’s spectacular sightseeing. That’s one of the reasons you’ll have so many options when it’s time to book your Zermatt accommodation.
Another reason, of course, is the fabulous skiing at Zermatt and the other resorts in the surrounding region. The skiing is almost as legendary as the Matterhorn itself. And every year, thousands of skiers book rooms in Zermatt hotels. They’re all understandably eager to test the area’s celebrated slopes. If you join them, you’ll find 72 lifts serving over 150 miles of groomed ski runs and trails.
While you’re there, you’ll be able to stroll along the pedestrianized streets and lanes of the village safely – no cars are allowed. There are plenty of shops, cafés, restaurants and clubs to check out if you don’t feel like spending the entire day on the slopes. Plus, the après-ski and night scene at Zermatt positively rock. Dozens of Zermatt hotels and ski chalets have cozy lounges and lively pubs and bars, along with some of the best restaurants in Switzerland.
During the annual “Zermatt Unplugged” music festival (held every April), you can ski in the morning and enjoy live performances in the afternoon. Founded in 2007 as a singer-songwriter music festival, Zermatt Unplugged’s previous artists include Chris de Burgh, Alanis Morissette, Suzanne Vegas and Reamonn. Because of the festival’s popularity, it’s especially important to book your Zermatt accommodation well in advance if you’ll be traveling there any time during April.
There are plenty of reasons to visit this picturesque Alpine village. If you’re interested in taking in some of the world’s most spectacular sightseeing or some of the world’s best skiing, you really need to add Zermatt to your bucket list.Google+