First glimpses of the Matterhorn – welcome to Zermatt
Whether you arrive by helicopter, train or car; there’s an undeniable sense of awe created from the mountains towering around the valley. As you approach Zermatt’s historic village, the Matterhorn boldly shadows above.
It’s the world’s most photographed mountain, and you can quickly see why for people wanting to experience a Swiss chalet Zermatt is their top choice. Situated in the German-speaking part of the canton of Valais and right on the Italian border, you’ll see a mix of culture in every direction. With so many things to do in Zermatt it’s a resort that suits all ages and holiday styles.
Rich history and mountain culture
The first hotel, the Monte Rosa, was opened in 1854 and is still in operation today. Soon after in 1865 British climber Edward Whymper successfully ascended the Matterhorn and mountaineers have followed in droves ever since. Becoming a popular tourist location in the mid 1900’s, Zermatt has experienced constant growth, developing into one of the world’s most revered summer and winter resorts.
The balance between old and new gives Zermatt a distinctive charm. To learn more about the rich local history, add the Matterhorn Museum to your list of things to do in Zermatt; offering an interesting historical overview of how this beautiful alpine resort came to be. Having now achieved high status among tourists, skiers, hikers and ‘amazing view enthusiasts’ alike; Zermatt provides great options for everyone.