Switzerland XI – Zermatt

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.

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in the morning

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at dusk

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from our hotel room window

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.

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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.)

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