Zermatt, Switzerland Isn’t All About Skiing and Snowboarding

Zermatt for kidsOkay, let’s say you’ve already decided that your next vacation will be a trip to beautiful Zermatt, Switzerland.  You’ve worked hard and you’ve decided to treat yourself to something special.  Or maybe you’ve decided on a romantic honeymoon in the Swiss Alps.  Either way, you’ve made a great choice.

You probably already know that Zermatt is one of the world’s premier skiing and snowboarding destinations.  That’s why this historic little village has evolved into one of the foremost ski resorts in the Alps.  But you can’t spend all of your time on the slopes and ski runs at Zermatt and the surrounding area.  Even the most avid winter sports enthusiasts wouldn’t have the stamina to do that, even if they wanted to!  And if you’re not a skier or snowboarder those things wouldn’t interest you in the first place. 

So, you’re looking for information on other things you can see and do while you’re visiting Zermatt.

First off, you should know that this is a quaint historic village.  The streets in the village center have been pedestrianized, meaning no cars are allowed.  That leaves travelers free to stroll around without worrying about traffic and speeding vehicles.

The village streets are lined with colorful shops, pubs, clubs, bars, cafés and restaurants.  You won’t run into any shortage of shopping spots, whether you’re looking for a new ski jacket, après-ski wear or souvenirs from Switzerland.

Speaking of après-ski, you’ll soon discover that Zermatt has a lively nightlife.  Many people coming off the ski or snowboarding trails head straight for one of the village pubs, restaurants or cafés for a hot toddy to warm their bodies and souls.  Others dine at one of the village restaurants and then head for one (or more) of Zermatt’s nightclubs.  Still others go straight to the public areas of their Zermatt hotels, where they pull up a comfy chair and sit in front of a cozy, crackling fireplace.  While they’re enjoying their favorite beverage, they engage in some friendly conversation with other travelers and maybe a few locals.

As mentioned a little earlier, Zermatt is a historic village.  It was many centuries before the Matterhorn was successfully summited, and several hundred climbers have lost their lives trying to do it.  The Bergsteigerfriedhof (the Mountaineers’ Cemetery) and the Matterhorn Museum bear witness and memorialize these intrepid mountaineers and chronicle the first successful attempt to reach the summit.

There’s plenty more to see and do in Zermatt – mountain hiking, snowshoeing, taking the cog railway up to the top of the Gornergrat, and seeing the area’s starkly beautiful Alpine glaciers are just a few.  Staying in one of the many fine Zermatt hotels will put it all at your fingertips.

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