World-renowned Zermatt is a must-do place to see. It’s also a trendy place that people go to in order to be seen. Many celebrities and other international jet-setters hang out in Zermatt whenever they have a chance, but so do folks like you and me. Here are four big reasons why Zermatt is so popular:
Number One, Hands Down
Topping the list of things to see in Zermatt is the Matterhorn, of course. At 4,478 meters (almost 14,700 feet), this unique, craggy mountain is one of the world’s most legendary peaks. It attracts skiers and mountain climbers like a powerful magnet.
The Matterhorn towers over Zermatt and serves as a spectacular backdrop for the entire area. For skiers, its slopes provide miles and miles of ski runs (called “pistes” by those in the know) at every difficulty level. For non-skiers, the Matterhorn offers terrific snowboarding and breathtaking mountain vistas. If you’re not a skier but you think you’d like to give it a shot (or you ski but you want to improve your techniques), it’s easy to find ski and snowboarding schools in Zermatt.
The number two attraction at Zermatt is the Gornergrat open-air cog railway (called the “Gornergrat Bahn”). The Gornergrat is another spectacular peak near Zermatt and the home of the second-largest glacier in all the Alps – the Gornergletscher. The views of Zermatt and the Matterhorn from the top are enough to take your breath away!
The Gornergrat Bahn is Europe’s highest open-air cog railway. It takes you from the station in Zermatt up the side of the mountain, all the way to the top. It takes less than 30 minutes for the train to climb to the peak, but it’s probably the most scenic train ride you’ll ever take. A Zermatt hotel called the Kulmhotel Gornergrat sits atop the mountain and offers rest and refreshments. Like everything else in Switzerland, the Gornergrat Bahn is clean, safe and efficient, keeping to its schedule like clockwork.
Forest Fun Park is a perfect place to take kids with a sense of adventure. Zip lines, ropes and bridges safely transport kids of all ages through the treetops with the Matterhorn as a back drop. Courses vary in difficult from extremely easy to highly challenging. Great fun and good exercise, it’s an exhilarating experience!
The Matterhorn Museum, located in Zermatt across the square from the Monte Rosa Hotel, resembles a big glass bubble or igloo. It’s an informative, educational place that chronicles the history of Zermatt and the daring mountaineers who climbed the Matterhorn. Open only from 4 to 7 pm, the museum is a fascinating après-ski experience. The information you learn here can make your visit to Zermatt and the Matterhorn much more fulfilling.