Zermatt, the wellness and skiing center of Switzerland, is a car-free village. That is correct – – there are no combustible engines allowed in this quaint, although very busy, alpine village. It is hard to believe that Zermatt, being as popular as it is as a winter and summer sports destination, could actually be free of the traffic, noise and pollution that are found in so many popular European travel destinations but it is true. Thousands of people come to Zermatt each year to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing, hiking, mountain cycling and many other outdoor activities. However, Zermatt is not only known for its sports activities.
With mountain air so crisp and clean, it is no wonder that Zermatt became known as a world-class health and spa retreat with several excellent wellness centers throughout the village that cater to the needs of both the body and the soul. Zermatt hotels are some of the best in Europe and the fine dining options in Zermatt lure tourists who desire world-class cuisine in an exquisite setting. Zermatt has just about everything you would ever want in a Swiss Alps ski village but you may wonder, “How do I get there if there are no cars?”
The best way to reach Zermatt is by train from the Täsch railway station. You can drive your private vehicle to the train station and then board a train for a 7km ride through beautiful landscapes with scenic views. Once you arrive in Zermatt, if you have already booked accommodations, you will probably find a horse-drawn carriage waiting for you to take you to your hotel. If not, there are electric taxis and a few solar powered buses that can take you to your Zermatt accommodation. You may prefer to walk, as many of the hotels in Zermatt are located near or within an easy walk of the train station. There are also areas in the train station where you can contact hotels and other accommodation choices in Zermatt to make arrangements to stay for the night and they will then come pick you up at the train station.
Because the village is car-free, you can stroll through the cobble-stoned streets to browse small boutiques or find a café to enjoy a nice hot drink while you sit and chat with others passing by. You will also find that Zermatt’s nightlife is always thriving but just by walking a few minutes away from the center of town you can find yourself another tranquil, quiet area if that is more to your liking. Many hotels have balconies where guests can enjoy their breakfast or an evening drink in peace and quiet surrounded by the beauty and grandeur of the Swiss Alps without the sounds of car horns, breaks and loud engines; however, you may hear the occasional bells of a horse drawn vehicle as it warns pedestrians that it is coming through.Google+