Zermatt, car-free village
lies at the base of the Matterhorn in the Valais Alps of southern Switzerland, at 1600m above sea level.It is ringed by mountains, including the Dent Blanche, Dom, Gabelhorn, Weisshorn and Monte Rosa.
The Mount Matterhorn towers over this sleepy resort village that becomes active only during the winters, when winter sports lovers descend on it in droves.
The Matterhorn - Pratobornum
Its original name Pratobornum dates from the year 1280 and zer Matt was first found on a map from 1495.
Until the middle of the 19th century, it was predominantly an agricultural community and its name derives from the alpine meadows, or matten, in the valley.
The village was discovered by a British mountaineer Edward Whymper, whose conquest of the Matterhorn made the village famous.
How to get to Zermatt
To reach Zermatt for your ski holiday you have to park a car or bus in one of many car parks in the nearby village Tasch and take the train or taxi to the Zermatt ski resort.
The only allowed transport are little electric shuttles which carry the visitors from the train station to their hotel, electro taxis, horse-drawn carriages and electric busses which connect the various ski-lifts stations.
Ski Holidays in Zermatt
Since the village is not too large all is within a walking distance although it may take up to about 20 minutes to walk from one side to the other. So why not walk to recover after a hard day of skiing on the slope? Walking the streets of Zermatt is especially nice in the evening and it should be a relaxing part of your ski holiday program. There are many nice restaurants, bars, little shops and markets which transfered the old village into a top modern resort with an international flavour.
However, sun-backed houses, wooden huts on supports with stone slabs and sleepy lanes and alleys can still be seen, once typical for a modest mountain village in the Valais.
Skiing in Zermatt
Zermatt is known throughout the world for its skiing, especially Triftji for its moguls. The high altitude results in consistent skiing continuously up until the summer.
Zermatt is split up into four skiing areas; Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee. There is also a connection to an Italian side of Cervinia and Valtournenche.