Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Apr 2014
25-34 year old female
I was born by the Black Sea coast in Burgas, Bulgaria and lived there until I was 19. Since leaving my home country to go to university in Germany, I seem to have turned into a nomad changing countries like clothes. Either studying or working, I spent some time in Sweden, Venezuela and Switzerland. Currently residing in London, who knows until when! Obviously I love travelling and exposing myself to new things like dances, customs, languages, landscapes, odours and tastes. As I was born by the sea, there is almost nothing better for me than going to the beach but I am also fascinated by mountains and a whole bunch of other things. Usually I always want to return to the Andes and the Caribbean which bear a very special place in my heart but I never miss the chance to go back home or spend time in Switzerland to visit my friends and hit the slopes in Zermatt and around.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Railways, Lookouts, Scenic Drives
Ski & Snowboard Areas
If you're skeptical about spending a fortune on a train to Zermatt, a more economic option, especially if you are traveling with friends, is to take your car on a train. (Yes, you heard right!) The shortest drive from the north is along a winding and picturesque road with amazing views on either side. Suddenly, the road simply stops and you have to load your car onto a train ('autoverlad'), which carries you to the other side of the mountain ridge through a tunnel (about twenty minutes of complete darkness). The feeling of entering the base of a tremendous mountain, with its weight above you, is quite unique.
Make sure you take this train up the mountain to catch a first glimpse of the beautiful Matterhorn. Regardless of whether or not you intend to ski, it's worth it just to get carried away by the view.
Absolutely beautiful with its massive pyramid shape and edgy peak, the Matterhorn is one the main reasons to go to Zermatt. There are great hiking routes around that can be done independently as long as you choose ones appropriate for your experience and fitness level.
Over 200 kilometers of skiing pistes that reach out to Italy certainly won't leave you any opportunity for boredom. There are numerous red and blue tracks, especially in the Gornergrat sector, that are quite wide and not that steep, and therefore very appealing to people who just started snowboarding or skiing. Meanwhile, experts might want to try the numerous exciting off-piste routes, ski tours, or even heli-skiing. Reaching the Italian side is also a great option, but plan enough time ahead for coming back — it is quite far and it might take a whole day.
Easily accessible from most of the pistes surrounding it, this place is a great spot for a break.
Do as the Swiss do: Stay at a traditional Alpine chalet! These vary from very basic, rough, and cheap to the latest in luxury accommodation trends. While there are certainly plenty of chalets in Zermatt, for a cheaper stay, check out the countless options in nearby Visp. Planning with friends to book an entire chalet is the best option!