Zermatt is best known as a year-round mountain resort in the beautiful Swiss Alps. Sitting at the base of the iconic Matterhorn and less than three miles away from the Gornergrat and its scenic cog railway, Zermatt has evolved from a sleepy little village into one of Europe’s premier ski resorts and sightseeing destinations. Close to 30 peaks soaring 13,000 feet or higher are in the immediate area, blessing Zermatt with one of the most stunning locations in all of Europe.
With less than 6,000 permanent residents, Zermatt remains a fairly small village despite its worldwide fame. Its popularity as a year-round winter sports resort does, however, mean that plenty of Zermatt hotels, shops, bars, cafés and clubs line its cobblestone pedestrianized streets. Naturally, most people visit Zermatt to witness the eye-popping Matterhorn and other nearby Alpine peaks, take a ride on the scenic Gornergrat cog railway, or ski or snowboard on some of Europe’s most beautiful slopes. And some visitors do all of those things while they’re in town. Why not?
But now Zermatt is offering something different. Something unique, that you won’t find anywhere else in Europe. It’s something created specifically for music lovers. It’s called “Zermatt Unplugged,” and it’s the only music festival of its kind on the entire continent.
Zermatt Unplugged came to life in 2007, so it hasn’t been around for all that long. It’s held only once a year, during that promising time when winter starts fading away into spring (the 2014 version of Zermatt Unplugged will be held April 8-12). It began as a singer/songwriter festival, but it has now become a focal point for performances by all types of artists. A short list of those who have performed at Zermatt Unplugged includes Chris de Burgh, Susanne Vegas, Billy Idol, Alanis Morissette, OneRepublic, Lionel Richie, Marianne Faithfull, and Mando Diao. An eclectic bunch, indeed!
Admission is free for many of the acts, but there is a charge for the marquee artists. You can even book a festival package that includes concert tickets, entry to the unique Matterhorn Museum, a glass of champagne, and your Zermatt accommodation.
Zermatt Unplugged is promoted by some top organizers of music festivals, and it’s become a pretty famous event on Europe’s festival scene. It’s a good thing that the options for Zermatt accommodation are so plentiful, because music buffs flood into the village for the festival.
Imagine hearing some of the world’s best music performed live with some of the world’s most stunning scenery as the backdrop. Zermatt hotels fill up fast during this popular event, so you’ll need to book your room fairly soon if you’re interested in attending Zermatt Unplugged.