Zermatt in the summer
For all those who do not like the sea and love to take refuge in the cool of the mountains during the summer months, the ideal place to spend at least two weeks of holidays is Zermatt, a charming mountain town located in the heart of the Canton of Valais in Switzerland.
This city is ideal not only to spend a white week during the winter but also to spend a relaxing holiday period between interesting excursions and participation in the different events that take place throughout the summer.
So let's start together to discover Zermatt and all the main events that characterize it.
What to do and see
The reasons that lead tourists to spend a pleasant experience in one of the most famous places in the Alps during the summer they are different and can be traced back to a variety of accommodation facilities ready to satisfy any need, to a food and wine offer of absolute importance and to a very wide range of events, manifestations and outdoor activities.
Let's start first with a necessary clarification: Zermatt fascinates tourists for the particularity of being one completely car-free city.
The circulation of private vehicles is in fact possible only in the part of the city which is located downstream about 5 km away; in reality it is a typical peculiarity of the Canton of Valais which also has other places that have roads closed to traffic.
The consequences of this feature are different and precisely a healthier and healthier environmentthanks to the circulation of taxis and buses powered by electricity, noise pollution is reduced to a minimum.
During the summer months, one of the most important events for Zermatt takes place, namely theanniversary of the climb to the Matterhorn, the natural element that dominates the city and which over the years has become its symbol.
The event is held precisely on July 14 and recalls the feat of the British climber Edward Whymepr who on the same date in 1865 carried out the ascent of the mountain together with a team of 7 men who reached the summit of 4478 meters.
This feat, however, had a tragic conclusion as during the descent, the climber and three men died following the breaking of the rope that secured them by making a flight of 1200 meters. This made the inhabitants of the city particularly sensitive to the event, which is why this anniversary is celebrated every year which has led over the years to prefer Zermatt as a destination for various climbers.
Also to celebrate the feat of the English climber, the new one was inaugurated in 2015 on the Matterhorn at about 3250 meters Hörnli refuge which allows climbers and mountain enthusiasts to make a stop where they can restore their energy and at the same time enjoy a splendid panorama of the Alps.
The refuge also has the particularity of being completely with zero environmental impact as it is powered exclusively by solar energy. To commemorate the climb of 1865, a theatrical performance is also organized that traces the events of Whymepr's enterprise and the tragic descent.
To continue to admire the landscape spectacles that the territory of Zermatt offers is essential on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise representing the example of highest cable car in the world and which allows not only to be amazed by the breathtaking views it offers, but also to experience the mountains in a completely different way.
The most romantic couples, but also families with children, cannot fail to live the unique experience that is lived by making a trip aboard the Gornergrat rack railway. It is a small train that travels on narrow-gauge tracks and which overcome very high slopes and a difference in height of over 1500 meters and which allows travelers to reach a height from which to enjoy a Breath-taking view.
But Zermatt is not just scenic beauty. In fact, to the experience carried out on board the cogwheel train it is also possible to add a gastronomic event organized by the highest hotel in Europe, the Kulmhotel Gornergrat which offers a three-course dinner to which is obviously also combined an excellent wine, the all while enjoying the enchanting panorama of the mountains.
Staying on the gastronomic theme, in the period from 12 July to 27 September it is also possible to dine at sunset with a splendid view of the Weisshorn, the Monte Rosa massif and the Matterhorn.
Over the years, gastronomic events have become an unmissable event in the summers of Zermatt and which sees the participation of several local hotels that, in groups of 4 people, allow you to savor a gourmet menu that offers typical Swiss dishes that are offered on the days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, by reservation.
Holidays in Zermatt
Who decides to organize one summer vacation in Zermatt, in the heart of the upper part of the Alps, at the foot of the wonderful setting offered by the Matterhorn, you will have no problem finding an accommodation suitable for your needs.
The possibilities are in fact different, we could define them as almost unlimited, and they are able to satisfy every need. Luxury hotel or traditional hotel, holiday home or a romantic cabin, family accommodations are ready to welcome tourists who decide to go to Zermatt to spend a relaxing and carefree holiday.
Best Hotels in Zermatt
Those who do not have special needs but still want to have an accommodation with most of the comforts available can opt for theBella Vista Hotel, a structure built in the typical Swiss brown wood which is located a few minutes outside the city center and which is managed by two sisters who make welcoming and making tourists feel at home their strong point. Precisely for this reason, in addition to breakfast, the price of the stay also includes a welcome in case of arrival at the train station as well as the use of the wellness center inside the structure.
Always in a slightly secluded position from the city center is the Bellerive, a family run hotel which is ready to welcome any type of customer. The various rooms of the hotel can in fact accommodate singles, romantic couples and families, satisfying their different needs.
The attention to the details of the stay is instead the basis of the offer ofFirefly hotel. The services offered by this structure are variable and can be traced back to the use of the indoor swimming pool, to the breakfast served in the room at the desired time, to the wellness center and much more, all to be enjoyed in the center of Zermatt.
Along the same lines are the services ofMont Cervin Palace hotel which features comfortable balconies and dormer windows with view of the city center and the summit of Mount Cervino. Guests will be welcomed by the warmth of the staff who will arrange them in one of the splendid suites that are located in the structure and which are complete with every comfort.
Those who do not have a high budget or travel together with the family can however opt for different solutions which, however, do not penalize the services offered. Each different structure will be ready to meet every customer request and support them to ensure that the holiday in Zermatt is in line with their expectations and that every day is always dedicated to an event to participate in.
Summer holidays Zermatt
If you are considering a summer holiday in Zermatt, below you can find useful links to find hotels and holiday apartments.
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The best offers in the mountains in summer, in hotels, bed and breakfasts or holiday apartments