The village of Zermatt is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of Switzerland. It is a charming village located at the base of the Matterhorn, the last mountain in the Swiss Alps that has been conquered. It is a popular ski resort and a favorite honeymoon spot for newlyweds.
Population of the village is around 6,000, but that number could easily be tripled specially during peak season, due to the influx of tourists. Zermatt hotels could accommodate more than 13,000 people at the same time. Tourists could either stay in world class Zermatt hotels, or rent a hut and experience unique Zermatt lodging. The village also has world class shops including top jewelry shops and sporting stores as well restaurants and bars.
Whole year round, tourists from all over the world come to Zermatt to breathe in the pure Swiss Alps air and to relax and unwind. There are a lot of things to do while in Zermatt. Nature lovers would be thrilled by the view of the mountain and exploring the mountain trails could lead to even more wonderful sceneries. Photographers can have their hand full taking beautiful photographs of landscapes and exciting sporting events like Zermatt Ski.
But the main crowd drawer for Zermatt is its snow covered slopes and the majestic Matterhorn itself. Zermatt and the Matterhorn is a ski paradise, with lots of snow the whole year round. Matterhorn skiing can be done not only in the winter, but in the summer as well. Even in the off season of May and June, you could still find a couple of runs open for skiers and snow sports lovers.
The Zermatt ski region encompasses 63 mountain railways, and more than 300 kilometers of amazing pistes. The most popular among the ski region is the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, which is known to be Europe’s largest and highest lying summer skiing region. It is also known as the Klein Matterhorn. For the whole year, this skiing area in the Alps operates 9 ski lifts and has over 25 kilometers of ski and snow boarding trails.
Due to the fantastic Zermatt weather, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the favorite training site of many national ski teams and professional athletes from different countries. Zermatt has the longest winter skiing season in all of Europe that usually starts in November and ends in May, but you can still ski and snowboard even in the summer months, thanks to Zermatt’s high altitude. Other popular Zermatt ski destinations are Sunnega, Gornergrat and Schwarzsee. With just a few steep slopes, Sunnega is a popular training ground for new skiers and snow boarders.
The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is also Europe’s highest location with an altitude of 3883 meters above sea level. You can reach it via the cable way. It also has a sight seeing platform where you can view nearby villages and mountains. You can also find here the Glacier Palace, a structure built from ice, where you could have some wine tasting as well as look at beautiful ice sculpture.
Aside from skiing, Zermatt has other sports facilities such as tennis courts and golf courses. Zermatt also host international competitions for these sports such as the Raiffeisen Open Zermatt which is an International tennis tournament held every June while the Matterhorn Eagle Cup is an annual international golf competition held every August.
Whether you go to Zermatt for the fame Matterhorn ski runs or just to take a break from your daily work stresses, vacationing and be near the Matterhorn and staying in Zermatt Hotels is a vacation that you will come to love and would want to come back to again and again.Google+