Things to do around Matterhorn
Zermatt’s Matterhorn Glacier Paradise network of mountain lifts connects the Valais resort with the highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 metres above sea level). During the 45-minute journey by gondola then cable car, which transports you across glacial crevasses, you can listen to commentary about the engineering work, as well as take photos of famous summits such as the Matterhorn and Weisshorn – there are 38 four-thousanders in the area.
Zermatt is the highest resort in Europe and the place to come for scenic skiing – at every turn, vistas of the mountains remind you that the long journey up to the resort is worth it. Almost as soon as you arrive, the charm of the town and the Matterhorn skyline will make you warm to Zermatt. It is an all-year round ski destination thanks to the adjacent glacier and is rated one of the most snow-sure destinations. A sunny climate and the chance to ski into Italy on your daily runs are added bonuses. The area is also a renowned winter hiking destination. The town itself has plenty going on – there's a thriving gourmet restaurant scene, après-ski for young and old alike, and a welcoming atmosphere that’s as typically Swiss as they come.
It’s all in the name: Zurich burger restaurant Heidi & Tell is full of Swiss clichés, but not to embarrassing effect. Instead, there’s an edge to the Matterhorn illustration etched onto the wall and the slick wooden benches draped with fur throws. But if that sounds too twee for you, go instead for the burgers. A focus on quality over quantity means a limited menu made up of fresh vegetables, homemade bread, grilled Swiss meat and mountain cheese – all free from preservatives and flavour enhancers. It’s about as far from the greasy burger stereotype as you can get. Wash it all down with a beer from the restaurant’s vast selection. Reservations not possible.
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