The beautiful alpine town of Zermatt is located in southern Switzerland is a must see place. Not because the town is beautiful and its an alpine resort like some of the other places in the area, but its also the start of many hiking routes in the mountains and also the cable cars to whisk tourists up to see the Matterhorn mountain. Most of the mountains overlooking Zermatt are over 4,000m high (13,000ft).
Now, there are three ways to get to Zermatt from the north (as there is no route by road from west/east or south). First, you can hike/cycle to the resort. Second, take the train from anywhere in Switzerland which takes you to Zermatt, and third, drive to Taesch where there is a huge multi-story car park. From here, you take the train which lasts 10 minutes and goes through the valleys past some amazing scenery before arriving in the heart of Zermatt. You see, you are not allowed to take vehicles into the resort unless you have a special permit. (You can also park the car at Visp or Brigg and take the train from there). For car park charges and train fares, check out the website at www.zermatt.ch
The town is very beautiful to walk around especially in the summer, with its chalet houses with baskets of flowers hanging from there, and there is loads of other historic buildings in the centre and also the town square which features a fountain with a statue of a marmot (looks like a beaver to me!)
If you want the cable car to Matterhorn, leave the train station, turn right and follow the road straight (past McDonald's and other tourist shops, and then over a bridge which goes over loads of river streams), and you will make the cable car station within ten minutes. It is all signposted.
This is an amazing ski resort and is worth checking out, even if its just for a day trip. I hope to return here one day as I love mountains and I want to explore more hiking routes from here.
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