Zermatt travel guide

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You're Going to Love Zermatt

The highest ski resort in Switzerland and one of the world's most famous winter sports centers and a picturesque base for hikers, cyclists, and climbers during the summer, Zermatt is a city for all seasons.

The magnificent Matterhorn background and the chocolate box chalets and houses all add to its appeal. Plus, the town is car-free so it's the ideal choice for a back-to-nature vacation.

Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy Zermatt's chic chalets and hotels, its fine restaurants, famous bars, and designer boutiques. Whether you're planning a summer or winter trip, there are a lot of good reasons to take a closer look at Zermatt.

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When to Visit Zermatt

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Zermatt is expensive over the Christmas and New Year period. For the best ski conditions visit from February onwards. Although pass and accommodation rates are higher, the Stockhorn slopes are open and the pistes are at their best. For a more affordable getaway try the period just before Christmas. Prices are lower but the horse-drawn sleighs are already out, and shops are preparing for the festive season. If you're planning a summer vacation, the best time is from June to August.

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How to Get to Zermatt

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Where to Stay in Zermatt

Zermatt is known for its chic chalets and luxurious hotels. For a truly special vacation try the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, the Omnia, Mont Cervin Palace, or Riffelalp Resort. More affordable options include Matterhorn Lodge Hotel and Apartments, Hotel Hemizeus, and Hotel Plateau Rosa or choose a hotel where you can ski right in or out like Hotel Silvana.

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Shopping Streets

Shop for sportswear or designer clothing and accessories on Bahnhofstrasse, Zermatt's elegant main shopping street. Try the Wega bookshop opposite the Post Office or the Zap bookstore in Hofmattstrasse for books on mountaineering, the Alps and Zermatt, or for cards and stationery. There are also dozens of gift shops all over town for those who want Swiss souvenirs, chocolate, and cowbells.

Groceries and Other

The upmarket delicatessens and pharmacies are expensive. Shop at the Coop by the station or in Migros supermarkets for affordable food and basics. Müller pharmacies are good for toiletries and baby care. Expect to pay CHF8 for a dozen eggs and CHF1.66 for a quart of milk.

Where to Eat in Zermatt

Zermatt has over 50 restaurants including several with Michelin stars like the Omnia, Ristorante Capri, and After Seven. Try local dishes like cheese fondue, potato rosti, and raclette at Cafe du Pont or enjoy dinner in an authentic setting at Chez Heini. For mountain dining, try Chez Vrony or the adjacent Findlerhof. Dinner for two in an elegant restaurant costs from CHF115, while lunch in a mountain lodge is CHF65.