Behold. Ze Matterhorn.
Sometimes, on a long weekend, people like to relax at home and recharge their batteries. And sometimes, on a long weekend, some other people like to hop a plane to Zurich and hang out in Switzerland for 48 hours. So, in search of snow, potato pancakes and high alcohol content beers, we headed to Zermatt, a tiny ski-town nestled in the Swiss Alps on the border of Italy. Sweet.
To get to Zermatt, fly into Zurich and take the high-speed rail (which is located literally underneath the airport – super easy!!) through the Swiss countryside and up into the mountains. The ride is 3 hours of relaxation and in my case, snoozin’.
The frozen tundra.
So in short, 48 hours wasn’t enough and I can’t wait to go back for longer. If you’re planning a trip to Zermatt, here are some recommendations:
Chesa Valese - Cozy and warm family-run hotel. The host Daniella was the best and even packed us a delicious lunch for our return trip.
Hotel Bristol - Basic and clean with a great heated ski storage room. Super close to the ski shuttle.
Chez Vrony - An ancient on-mountain organic restaurant with carefully prepared dishes like spiced pumpkin soup and local delight Rosti. Not to be missed.
Le Mazot - Located in town along beside a winding creek, Le Mazot is a romantic spot with amazing roast lamb and reasonably priced Swiss wines.
Caffe DuPont - Get your sausage fix at Caffe DuPont a rustic, casual restaurant in town. Local dishes and bottled beer make it an affordable option in an otherwise spendy spot.
Papperla Pub - A super popular locals après-ski spot. Spin the drink wheel for 20 euro for a chance to win 50 drinks!
Hennu Stall - Located on mountain, this après bar gets ragey with a DJ and spirited locals.
p.s. the skiing was great!