Zermatt, SWITZERLAND

Zermatt, the picturesque mountain village at the foot of the world-famous Matterhorn. Zermatt Town offers a fascinating and rich variety of mountain view romance all year round, everything packed into this very small town area makes you feel very special when you taking a walk through a romantic corner of the old village.

Trip in April 2011  |  €1 = MYR4.12

We supposed to take flight from Paris to Geneve, but we missed the flight. Then we had to catch a train directly to Zermatt. Sigh.., we missed the Geneve but we’re grateful got a chance to stepped our foot on Zermatt Town. Can’t describe how beautiful this town is.

Day 1 – Paris – Zermatt | 25 April 2011

Since we missed our flight which mean we wasted some money where we can’t get any refund from the airline company. It was EasyJET flight cost at €127.48 for 2 adults. We had to choose alternative transportation, high-speed train traveling from Gare de Lyon, Paris, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. Fare per person was €127.

Before we boarded the train, we takeaway packed lunch at €12 and having it on the train. The TGV train make 1 stop at Geneve to drop and pickup passenger. We arrived at Zermatt very late afternoon, around 6pm. Checked-in to the hotel and we went out to get something to eat at McDonalds and walk around this small town.

We stayed at Le Petit CHARME-INN, located in Zermatt centre, just a 7-minute walk from the ski lifts. Cost for 2 nights was CHF220 (RM720.00) for twin room. Nice hotel, cozy and the only cheapest hotel I could get in this area. Le Petit CHARME-INN offers a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the Matterhorn Mountain, a ski storage room and free WiFi.

The alpine-style rooms at the Le Petit are fitted with wooden furnishings and comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and private bathroom facilities. A scrumptious breakfast buffet is served every morning at the Hotel Le Petit CHARME-INN (included in room price) and Zermatt´s main street, with its restaurants, bars and shops, is only a few steps away. Zermatt´s train station is a 10-minute walk away.

The town of Zermatt, while dense, is geographically small. There are three main streets which run along the banks of the Matter Vispa, and numerous cross-streets, especially around the station and the church which forms the centre of Zermatt. In general anything is at most a thirty-minute walk away.

The day is getting darker, Zermatt town become a death town. Very quiet and everyone are leaving to their home. Same goes to us, nothing to do and see during night time, better to rest early for tomorrow activity.

Day 2 – Zermatt, Switzerland | 26 April 2011

Early morning we had in-house breakfast. Le Petit hotel served quite basic breakfast buffet menu but it’s delicious. Had breakfast at the hotel would save more time and cost. Switzerland is known as an expensive place, so choose hotel which include breakfast is recommended.

Zermatt is known throughout the world for its skiing. The high altitude results in consistent skiing continuously throughout the summer. Skiing in Zermatt is split up into four areas: Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee.

Today’s we heading to Gornergrat, The Gornergrat is served by the Gornergrat railway, a 29-minute ride to the Gornergrat peak (3,089 m), via Riffelalp, Rotenboden and Riffelberg, (with limited stops at Findelbach and Landtunnel just above Zermatt). We bought the Gornergrat scenic train ticket for CHF34 per person roundtrip.

The Gornergrat is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. The mountain panorama and the glorious view of the Matterhorn are unforgettable. From here you can see people skiing and snowboarding. Beautiful scenery from top of Gornergrat.

At the summit station on the Gornergrat, you can find Europe’s highest-altitude hotel: the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat. The hotel and restaurant have been refurbished and accommodate a shopping centre. Riffelalp station is linked to Riffelalp Resort by a short tramway line named Riffelalptram. We had simple lunch at the restaurant. Amazing view we had there while eating.

Day 3 – Zermatt – Milan, Italy | 27 april 2011

On the 3rd day in Zermatt was traveling day for us. We purchased one-way ticket to Milan, Italy from the train counter the day earlier. This ticket cost us CHF88 for 2 person. Journey was about 4 hours with 1 interchange at Brig, Switzerland. Thank you for reading.

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