Today is Day 3 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words and the prompt today is to Feature a map and write about a place either real or virtual.
Snuggled up in the snow, at the foot of the Matterhorn – one of the deadliest peaks in the Alps and the most photographed mountain in the world, lies a cozy little mountain village that is a dream destination for many, myself included— one that I had the good fortune to visit, many years ago! Zermatt is famed as a mountaineering and ski resort of the Swiss Alps. Its’ location at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes it one of the world’s most attractive vacation villages in the world.
The region is legendary amongst mountaineers: There are several challenging international routes meant for serious trekkers and climbers that take several days to complete. But, non-climbers need not despair. There are plenty of walking trails that can guide them on climbing through the mountainscape of Zermatt and enjoy the experience of spending some very memorable moments in one of the most picturesque places on this planet!
Apart from exceptional and awe-inspiring natural beauty of the region, Zermatt also stands out for being a car-free zone, as only electric cars have been allowed here since 1947! So, walking, cycling, mountaineering and high-Alpine tours are some of the popular activities that can be undertaken in this region. The cog railway operates between Zermatt and the 3089-metre-high Gornergrat (pic below), which offers some of the most spectacular views of the Matterhorn, the glaciers and the Monte Rosa masiff.
If you fancy a ride of a lifetime, then do not miss the highly recommended train ride aboard the Glacier Express— a train that goes through the Alps and connects Zermatt with St. Moritz, revealing some of the most breathtaking views any tourist could wish for!
The cableway, at a height of 12,000 feet, also offers a fascinating panoramic vista of the Matterhorn and the summits of the Swiss, Italian and French Alps. The Glacier Palace can be admired 15 meters beneath the ice surface. Tourists throng Zermatt from all over the world in an attempt to not only to ski, but also to walk the mountains during summer and fall. Young and old, they reach for the sky and the highest peak possible.
Zermatt bears a mix of old history and modern tourism. A visit to Matterhorn Museum under the glass dome of the former casino opens the world of old Zermatt — of the poor farmer’s village. It houses the items of equipment used during the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 which ended tragically. The Mountaineer’s Cemetery is a moving reminder of the accidents that have occurred in the mountains around Zermatt—a tranquil site and a memorial to all climbers who have lost their lives here!
The Gorner gorge seemed to me more like a hair-raising but unique experience, where a footpath across narrow bridges and steps and a fixed rope route guides visitors through a steep gorge.
I must confess I was happy to give this one a miss and instead settled for a walk through the village of Findeln – which is an original Valais settlement with a small chapel that shows you some of the most quaint houses of the region, complete with bright flowers hanging from their windows – a scene almost straight out of a picture postcard!
A trip to Zermatt can best be summed up as a dream,— one that needs to be experienced. I can assure you no travel brochure can ever do justice to what you see and experience with your naked eyes.
Fortunately, throughout our stay, we had glorious weather, as we enjoyed the sun and breathed the crystal-clear air, against the backdrop of a breathtaking mountain panorama. It was an amazing experience to treat ourselves to the culinary highlights in some of the finest mountain restaurants and experience an idyll at the heart of nature, leaving us with memories to cherish forever.
Every amazing trip helps us to relive our moments multiple times over. For me, this was one of those. Which was that one memorable trip YOU had last time, that you cherish forever?And what did you cherish most about the trip? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Wow! Seems like a beautiful Place. Awesome photos 🙂
Thank you, Keerthi. It is a must-see place for everyone.
ya… ended up in my bucket list as soon as i read your post 🙂
I didn’t have the chance to visit Zermatt when I was in Switzerland. It looks impl breathtaking…as most of the Alps do actually. Hopefully get to visit it someday
Oh you must visit them next time, Mahak. You will simply love it out there. 😊
This place surely looks like a dream. I would have also loved to walk down the winding roads with the mountain in the backdrop.
Nothing comes to my mind when you ask me of my recent memorable travel experience. Holidays in UK seem to be a long time back now. But if I have to choose one among them, then it would be Lake District.
That was like Wow! Never heard these names before. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Zermatt, I must remember this wondrous place if ever I get a chance to go nearabouts. Have never heard of this place in any of the tourist itineraries. Your description of the place is mind-blowing and the pictures mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing this gem.
Ooh, Zermatt has just gone on my bucket list. I want to walk across Gorner gorge, with my eyes shut, screaming all the while. 😂
Matterhorn reminds me of Toblerone, always 😉
This place looks like a dream!
This is wow! I have heard of this place before. Thank you for sharing this and the pics, Esha 🙂
Such a lovely place…I think you went in 2006 when A was quite small..tai na??
Ah.. the description makes me want to visit the place. It sounds beautiful. I am surprised they banned cars since 1947. Wish our country does something similar in some of the eco-sensitive zones.
I experienced the funicular at Lake Como and can only imagine how btreathtaking your trip to Zermatt must have been . As far as memorable trips go , all my holidays are unforgettable either because they’ve gone well or they were disasters! So your unforgettable trip is only as memorable till your next one
Today, I’m traveling through everybody’s photos and experiences. 🙂 Thank you for taking me with your post to the Alps.
The names of each place are interesting, but The Mountaineer’s Cemetery sounds like a gentle, yet very ominous reminder!