Zermatt Journals

Zermatt - You won't want to leave!

A January 2005 trip to Zermatt by LetsGoThere

Hotel Cima Photo, Zermatt, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Zermatt is one the greatest winter destination I’ve ever visited. The views of the Matterhorn are breathtaking, the skiing is incredible, and the nightlife and people in the village rival both the skiing and scenery as the most memorable aspect. Can’t recommend this place enough!

Zermatt - You won't want to leave!

Overview

Downtown Zermatt Photo, Zermatt, Switzerland
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On my first morning in Zermatt, I opened the patio doors and walked into a scene that would be at home on any Christmas card. The Matterhorn dominated the skyline and looked down on the most charming villiage I have ever seen. Dozens of cabins and chalets with snow capped roofs, friendly people smiling and waving, I felt like I was trapped in a scene from "The Sound of Music!" And it only got better from there, the villiage has great shopping but it's a little high-end for my taste (Rolex, Armani etc.). Evrything is within walking distance, and there is a large selection of restaurants, cafes and bars (I recommend Grampis, Paperla, Gaby's restaurants). The skiing is world class, and I've never m...Read More

Hotel Cima

Hotel

Hotel Cima Photo, Zermatt, Switzerland
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The Hotel Cima is a clean, comfortable, and affordable place to stay ($30-$70 a night). The exterior is a very attractive Swiss chalet. The owners are very pleasant and can help you find whatever you need to make your trip comfortable. It’s conveniently located about two blocks from the train station and about a five-minute walk to downtown Zermatt. The rooms are nothing fancy, and the beds are small, but comfortable. The good news is that you really only use these rooms to sleep... which you probably won’t be doing much of! You want to talk about an awesome view from your patio? Check out my photo. The continental breakfast in the dining room is very nice, with a large selection of cheeses, meats, br...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 30, 2005

Hotel Cima
Seilerwiesenstrasse 5
Zermatt, Switzerland
(027) 967-2337

Skiing

Story/Tip

View From The Top Photo, Zermatt, Switzerland
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The skiing here is great, but the selection of terrain is a bit overwhelming. I skied all over the place, and still feel like I only saw a third of what was available. The runs are long and vary from easy to psycho. There wasn’t much new snow for the time I was there, so the runs were getting a bit icy by the time I left. My biggest regret was that I had to leave without skiing into Italy (I just wanted to say I skied from Switzerland to Italy).There are an abundance of novice skiers, so be careful on the easier runs. There are a lot of languages spoken on this mountain. Apparently phrases like "watch where the - you’re going moron!" don’t translate well to most skiers ther...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 30, 2005

Paperla Pub

Attraction

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Paperla Pub is a cultural phenomenon... let me elaborate. Imagine a beautiful Swiss village closely situated to Italy and France and easily accessible from the rest of Europe. Throw in some of Europe’s best skiing, and it’s easy to see why Zermatt is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts and a melting pot of cultures and languages. A common factor that ties skiers together is the love of having a few drinks at the end of the day and telling stories about feats of greatness or stupidity. In Zermatt, the first stop for everyone (cool) is Paperla Pub! The beer is cold, the chocolate is hot, and the eye-candy is abundant. Every night, we stopped in for a couple of hours and met dozens of Swedes, Norwegia...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2005

Paperla Pub
Downtown at the base of the mountain
Zermatt, Switzerland