The Glacier Express deposited us in Zermatt, which is all about the Matterhorn. A truly beautiful mountain. We were lucky to have clear weather and it made for some spectacular views.
We stayed at Le Petit Hotel with a beautiful view of the Matterhorn. The rooms were tiny (hence ‘le petit’) and the decor very 70s, but it hit our requirements, clean, central, good breakfast and had a very friendly host. I definitely recommend it as reasonably priced rooms are very hard to find in Zermatt.
We went out in search of dinner, and found Zermatt to be a touristy ski-resort (duh) and didn’t feel much different from Whistler. Lots of overpriced restaurants, fancy schmancy boutiques and kitchy souvenir shops selling mostly the same stuff. We found a restaurant, that did not have a 2-person minimum on the cheese fondue! This was very good, as since Steve is allergic to dairy 2-person cheese fondue was a non-starter for us. I was glad I got to try it, but wasn’t a big fan and won’t need to repeat it. I am just not into strong cheese.
I’ll cover our trip up to the Kline Matterhorn peak in the next blog post.
So, in short, if (on a summer Swiss holiday) you want to see the Matterhorn do go, pray for good weather, and make a surgical strike to Zermatt for one night only, but don’t linger – there are much more enjoyable places to spend your time in Switzerland than in Zermatt village. (For a report on Zermatt in winter our friends Alan and Megan went to ski and loved it.)