It was picture-perfect panoramas featuring the Matterhorn, glaciers, and sunny meadows in Alpine villages that first seduced us into booking our flights to Zermatt. But the weather gods had other plans. We were disappointed on reading forecasts predicting zero visibility and snow storms during our weekend in Zermatt. Little did we know what lay in store.
When we got to Zermatt snow had enveloped sloped chalets, woodlands, staircases, restaurants, twigs, trees, and everything in between. Within hours the whole village was transformed into a giant winter wonderland, straight out of a fairy tale. Low-lying clouds suspended above snow-laden trees completed the fairy-tale effect.
We didn’t even get to see the Matterhorn up close and still we fell impossibly in love with Zermatt. As the entire village descended into snow, we couldn’t stop staring at the changed landscape with childlike awe. This tiny Alpine village is stunning, irrespective of the weather. Check out our Photo Essay of Zermatt on a foggy morning if you don’t believe us! 🙂
- Zermatt is a car free village. Switzerland is extremely well connected by train, so it is possible to take a train to Zermatt from almost every corner of the country. Expect picture-perfect landscapes from the train 🙂 More details here.
- If you (like us) are driving, park the car at the parking lot in Tasch village and take a train to Zermatt. Return Ticket cost 16 CHF/person and parking costs 24 CHF/day. Overnight parking is also possible.
Planning a trip to Zermatt? Make sure you put sleeping in an igloo on the list
Packing for Zermatt? We have a handy guide to packing for Skiing and Winter Sports which will help you !
Have you been to Zermatt or the surrounding villages? Tell us about your experiences in the comments 🙂