Are you considering a European vacation this year?  Maybe you’ve been to Europe before (or maybe you already live there), but you’re thinking about somewhere different instead of the same old places like Paris, Rome or Vienna?

If so, have you ever thought about taking a trip to Zermatt, Switzerland?  If you haven’t, then maybe it’s time you do.  It’s a wonderful little Alpine village, and it has a lot going for it no matter which season you’re there.  

For most people, thinking of Zermatt conjures up mental images of skiing, snowboarding, and spectacular icy-white mountain scenery.  After all, that’s where the Matterhorn is, and it’s one of the world’s most famous peaks.  Zermatt is nestled right into the Matterhorn’s base.  But the Gornergrat is nearby too, and it’s been the country’s top tourist spot for more than a hundred years.  Its location makes Zermatt the perfect launching point for some of the best skiing, mountain climbing and snowboarding on the globe. 

Sightseers also love this picturesque little Swiss village.  Almost 30 peaks higher than 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) are visible from the top of the Gornergrat.  One of them is the Dufourspitze, the highest mountain in the country.  Breathtaking views of the Gornergletscher (the second-largest glacier in the Alps) also reward travelers who make it to the top of the Gornergrat.  Don’t worry, though – you don’t need to hike or climb your way up. 

The Gornergrat cog railway will take you up the mountainside to a train station at the summit.  And guess where the station is down below?  In Zermatt, of course!  It’s an experience you won’t want to miss, especially if you’ve been looking for an Alpine sightseer’s paradise.  Views of soaring mountain peaks, pristine high-altitude lakes, forested hillsides, and Alpine meadows beautiful with wildflowers in the summer wait for those who travel to the top of the Gornergrat.

However, Zermatt has much more to offer than “just” skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing, and spectacular mountaintop vistas.  Other winter sports popular in the area include hiking on snowshoes, tobogganing, paragliding and ice skating.  Zermatt’s summers see the town’s visitors hiking, biking, paragliding, and even skiing on nearby Theodul Glacier.  And during any time of the year travelers can enjoy the town’s charming little shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and clubs.  Zermatt isn’t just a winter wonderland – it’s a terrific place to visit in any season.

Everything in Zermatt and the surrounding area has the magnificent Matterhorn and other Alpine peaks as its backdrop.  When you decide to book your trip, you’ll have plenty of choices for Zermatt accommodation.  The village offers over a hundred hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other types of accommodation in a wide range of prices.