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Close to Zermatt's busiest street but far removed in time

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Most People Miss This One - and Shouildn't!

This street is hidden - right in the middle of bustling Zermatt, and winds its way down to the... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2018
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New York
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Reviewed June 17, 2018

When in Zermatt, be sure not to miss out on this little street. Even though it's just one left turn away from the "Bahnhofstrasse" and right smack in the middle of the village, you might easily miss it, since the first few meters do not look like you might picture it.

But then after a few steps the old wooden buildings will pop up. They are dated back to the 16th Century....making them around 500 years old. Mostly they are made from larch wood, containing lots of resin, which makes them very strong and also keeps away parasites.

Many of the buildings are still inhabited and used. So be respectful to the buildings and its owners and keep the noise level low. Between some buildings you even can catch a great view of the Matterhorn (on your right when walking down).

Of course there are always visitors present, but if you're just a bit patient and wait a few minutes you can get some pics without anybody on it. Most visitors rush through this place. But if possible, take your time to fully appreciate this part of Zermatt.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Bandit-One
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Reviewed June 15, 2018

There is an old part of Zermatt located behind the main church. Walk a couple of blocks pass the church and you will find yourselves among old Swiss wooden buildings as you walk along cobble stone streets. These old wooden building sitting on raised concrete slabs are 200 – 300 years old and they give you an idea what it was like living here. And if you continue walking toward the river, you can get a view of snow covered mountains including the Matterhorn.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

Hinterdorfstrasse is 'Old Town' Zermatt. It's right in the center of Zermatt and some of the log cabin type housing dates back to the 16th century. No one lives there now and there are no services right there, but one can stroll down the narrow cobblestone streets and imagine how life must have been. The houses are supported on timbers and the weight is distributed by wide flat stones, so there a crawl space under some of the homes. Some of this space is used for firewood, other areas have a space large enough for storage, or even animals that once might have wintered there.
I came away thankful for central heating and indoor plumbing.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Violette54
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Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

This was such a cute street of historic homes and architecture right in downtown Zermatt! I can’t imagine how they were still standing under all the feet of snow, but that is a testament to how well they were built!

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed March 17, 2017

Zermatt used to be a small rural village until very recently and Hinterdorfstrasse has some of the old buildings that make Zermatt so interesting.

Hinterdorfstrasse is between the Barnhofstrasse, which is the main shopping street, of modern Zermatt and the river. It is not long but it does have a lot of historic and interesting buildings showing us what Zermatt was like before skiing and climbing took over.

It is near the interesting cemetery, the museum and the church as well as many of the major hotels and restaurants

Date of experience: March 2017
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