Over 2,200 years ago, Roman legions marched over the saddle of the Matterhorn home to Italy. Today skiers follow their route in ways unknown to the Romans and faster than they ever dreamed. However, in Zermatt you still get around like the Romans – á piède. In this historically rustic resort, the fastest moving vehicle is a horse drawn sleigh! That does not mean the comforts of modern life never made it up here – quite the contrary. There are wonderful hotels, shops, restaurants, spas, bars, a panoply of sports facilities, and cafés to enjoy while taking in the very cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Do your exercises though before coming to Zermatt–its world famous skiing tests everyone’s mettle. Major construction and ongoing lift redevelopment have resulted in a highly integrated, efficient, and up-to-the minute system. With Italy’s Cervinia, 74 lifts, from underground trains to a 150-person cable car and high-speed chairs, whisk you to 240 miles of trails and extensive offpiste powder. The three interconnected areas are Sunnegga (with a new funicular in 2013/14), Gornergrat, and Klein Matterhorn and all accessible with the free ski bus. A 125-passenger cable car links Sunnegga and Gornergrat and another between Riffelberg and Furi. In spring, the most fearless try the Tiefbach or, on an April day’s end, do the 35-mile ski marathon with a 31,000-foot vertical. One family bonus is children nine under ski free. For those of us enjoying life at a slightly slower pace, relief from hunger and fatigue is never too far away: Zermatt has 56 mountain restaurants, many gourmet, giving you an inkling of how European skiers savor their mountain lunch!

  • Train in Zermatt with Matterhorn in distance.
  • Downtown Zermatt.
  • Matterhorn behind Zermatt.

Gateway City: Zürich
Transfer Time: 3.5 hours
Via: 1st & 2nd Class Rail


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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
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Hotels in Zermatt

  • Exterior of Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Bar and lounge in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Spa in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Bath in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Room in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Room with Matterhorn view in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.
  • Room with Matterhorn at dusk in Hotel Bellerive in Zermatt.


  • Superior

The Bellerive’s entry circles around an open fireplace with a wood paneled bar just steps away. The Notis’ hotel offers breakfast, has large south facing deluxe rooms and north facing standards. All 25 have Bang & Olufsen TVs, iPod docking stations, free wifi, terry bathrobes, and cozy sheepskin covered chairs on their balconies. This summer Katja and Mario Noti renovated eight rooms and two suites. For those wanting a night in, dinner is possible at about $40.00/person. Topping things off there’s a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. No wonder the Bellerive, a member of Small Elegant Hotels, was rated the second best small hotel in Switzerland.

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  • Exterior of Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Restaurant in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Bar in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Spa in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Sauna in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Bathroom in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.
  • Room and bath in Europe Hotel & Spa at Zermatt.


Nestled on a side street, the Europe Hotel & Spa is a four star and no longer a hidden hideaway. Marianne and Ruedi Julen keep a watchful eye over their Matterhorn-view gem. In 2010 they added 16 rooms for a total of 40, plus a new whirlpool, Finnish and organic herbal saunas, steam bath, and spa with more than ten types of treatments. Guests will still be greeted by a welcoming staff, enjoy the beautifully wood-paneled bar, lounge, and in the dining room your dinners are prepared by their new chef Hauke Pohl. You have a choice of traditional or the new contemporary bedrooms; all have the appeal and amenities to fill our needs. Around the hotel and in your bedroom, you may note a sheep theme – the family is Zermatt’s most renowned shepherds.

Guests will receive a free haybath treatment



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  • Exterior of Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Lounge at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Bar Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Bar II Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Restaurant at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Restaurant III at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Room at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Room II at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Room III at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.
  • Room IV at Hotel Mirabeau at Zermatt.


  • Superior

Rose and Sepp Julen’s 44 room hotel is designed with an eye to ecology as well as our creature comforts. Their rooms are in light honey and smoked-oak woods, earth-tone woolens, with flat screen TVs, and granite baths. The pool makeover compliments the Zen-like spa offering herbal and aromatherapy, a Tepidarium, steam bath, natural body treatments, and facilities for couples and families. Above the spa, the Alpine Residence has 17 luxurious junior suites. Joined by daughter Marie, the extended family has just the right personal touch with a warm welcome, sink-yourself-into chairs around the fireplace, Josef’s Wine Bar (the best in town), fresh flowers brightening the day, and their fine kitchen serving culinary treats – all reasons again this year the Mirabeau was selected one of Switzerland’s 50 best!


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  • Superior

The Zermatterhof’s five star doors have been open since 1879. Over the past 137 years it has continually upgraded amenities, raising overall hotel standards for Zermatt. It blends history with our modern day: crystal chandeliers, ceiling parquetry, paneled fireplace suites, canopy beds, and elegant dining. Their Prato Borni, one of three restaurants, is top rated by Michelin. Raphael Biner’s hotel has 77 rooms and suites offering eight different types of accommodations – each with a basket of fresh fruit to welcome you. The extensive spa facilities include several types of saunas, a whirlpool, hot tub, ice bath, and a glass enclosed infinity pool under the watchful eye of the Matterhorn. So experience the Zermatterhof – one of Condé Nast Traveler ‘s top 50 hotels in the world!

For reservations received by October 16: You’d get either a 10% discount or stay 4 nights, pay for 3



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