ADD TO LISTHome to the Matterhorn and some serious alpine skiing, Zermatt is a quaint Swiss town located at the base of Alps near the border of Italy. It is also the starting point for many mountaineering expeditions in the nearby summits, as well as popular hiking trails such as the Haute Route. Access to Zermatt is primarily via train. For a treat, (on certain days only) it's possible to take a very early cable car ride to watch the sunrise over the Matterhorn via a lookout point on the Klein Matterhorn.
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Visit the highest ice pavilion in the world at an altitude of 3810 m. above sea-level.
Admission free. Open from 09:00 to 15:45.
Experience the mystical world below the perpetual ice with its ice sculptures and exhibition about glaciers, geology and the rescue service in Zermatt.
There is also an icebar in the grotto and a lot of icesculptures. Don't miss it if you plan to go to "Klein Matterhorn".
But remember take warm clothes with you the grotto at an altitute of 3810m. High altitude precautions:Don't forget to acclimatize before going on up to the Klein Matterhorn (3'800m). Please bear in mind that you need plenty of fluids and time to acclimatize when you are at an altitude of over 9,840 feet / 3,000 meters.
You will avoid headaches or dizzy feelings.
Warm clothing, a windproof jacket and solid footwear are a must, whatever the time of year. And, of course, don’t forget your sunglasses, sun cream and your cap/hat at these high altitudes. Transportation:Electric vans and taxis Because cars are not allowed in Zermatt, only electric vehicles are allowed on the streets. The downside to this is, these electric carts are silent. Drivers generally look out for pedestrians and will ring an attached bell to warn those around them, but keep an eye on your surroundings just in case. It could save you from scrambling down a stairwell or embankment to avoid being run down!
Avalanche hazard: If you're going skiing/surfing off-piste or climbing. Please respect the local regulations and read the avalanche bullettins.
Keep in mind that nature is always stronger than humans, so keep humble.
Slippery Streets: Most certainly winter brings a lot of snow and ice to Zermatt, which makes walking around kind of troublesome. First of all, it has some pretty steep roads, with signs showing the angles and saying "be careful" in German. With all of that ice it can get pretty slippery. I couldn't tell you how many times we fell going up or down steps and on those steep streets, where you can slide for quite a distance before stopping!
Der Gornergrat ist ein Berggrat auf einer Höhe von Er befindet sich rund drei Kilometer östlich von Zermatt im Schweizer Kanton Wallis. Der Gornergrat befindet sich zwischen dem Gornergletscher und dem Findelgletscher und bietet eine Sicht auf mehr als 20 Viertausender, darunter der Monte Rosa, das Matterhorn und der Lyskamm.
Er stellt die Endstation der 1898 eröffneten Gornergratbahn dar, die über Riffelalp und Riffelberg führt und dabei eine Höhendifferenz von fast 1500 Metern überwindet. An der Endstation ( ) auf der südwestlichen Spitze des Grates befindet sich ein Berghotel. Mit einer neuen Gondelbahn, die von Furi aus zum Riffelberg führt, ist das Skigebiet Gornergrat mit dem Skigebiet Klein Matterhorn verbunden.
For the nightlife there's a little bar behind the Mont Cervin, a 5*Hotel in the heart of Zermatt (near the post office). You have to go the street next to this Hotel (it's next to the shop Bucherer) until you see the sign: Apèro & Rendevous) It calls z'alt hischi. The drinks there is nothing for someone who can't drink, because they're really tough. Or for people who like dancing, there are a few option. First the broken (it's by the hotel post), it looks more like a celery but it's always fun there. You can dance on a barrel ;-) Next one calls Schneewittchen (Snow white) it's under the famous aprés-ski bar Papperla-pub. They have a lot of special party's like beachparty, nurse and doctorparty and and and... You see even in the nightlife a lot things to do ;-) Actually I should write about the ski paradies, but the only problem is there, I was never up to the mountain, except once when I went sledging. That was much fun, but the route is really fast and difficult. It's from Rotenboden to Riffelalp, short but cool. If you there, you should'nt missing the Klein Matterhorn. There's a little ice sculpture garden and a restaurant. And you at the highest point in Zermatt, that you can reach with the train. visit: http://www.zermatt.ch
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