Zermatt town, Switzerland

Zermatt town, Switzerland
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And now we’re heading for Zermatt, Switzerland
– one of the most beautiful towns in the Alps, surrounded by 15,000-foot-high mountain
peaks. For a very long time Switzerland and the Alps
have been among the most beautiful regions, sought by millions of tourists from all parts
of the world. They display the greatest mountains and valleys
in their grandest form and have a special charm that is most seductive. The village has a relaxed atmosphere due to
its small size and perhaps its southern location. Zermatt is quite close to Italy. You can see in this Google Earth image how
Zermatt is in a valley surrounded by huge mountains, the biggest collection of the tall
mountains in all of Europe. It is a spectacular setting. You know, the famous mountain, the Matterhorn. But there are 29 other gigantic peaks all
around the city. We will take you up several by cable car and
rack railway, and we will take you hiking, plus of course we will show you the charming
town of Zermatt. It's a village with no cars set in the midst
of all these wonderful mountains. We'll take you up several of those big mountains
in our other movies about Zermatt. In this show we’re going to focus on Zermatt
town itself. The best way to reach Zermatt is by train,
because cars are not allowed in the village anyway. There's nice scenery out of both sides of
the train, as the train snakes its way up this long valley to Zermatt. It's a wonderful train journey to Zermatt
located in the heart of the Alps in the southern part of Switzerland. The train trip brings you up through a spectacular
series of mountains along the river valley. If you are driving a car, you can park it
a few miles away and take the train in for the last leg to get into the village. And then the train station is right in the
middle of town. So it's easy access. In fact, you can walk to most hotels in the
village within 10 to 15 minutes. It's quite easy. You see the road is well-paved so you can
walk it, no problem. You'll find during your visit that everything
in Zermatt is easy walking distance. If you have luggage that you don't want to
drag with you, you can arrange baggage delivery by then station porters and many hotels have
porter service that will meet you at the station with their small electric truck and will take
your baggage and perhaps yourself directly to the hotel, and bring the luggage right
to your room. Just be sure to let your hotel know ahead
of time what train you're arriving on. Those little electric buggies are about the
only wheeled vehicles in town along with some horse carriages. We’re staying at the delightful Hotel Butterfly,
just a couple of blocks from the train station, so it's easy for us to walk on over while
our baggage is hauled for us – nice comfortable rooms, beautiful hotel. Three hotels stand at the top rank in Zermatt. Five-star deluxe Hotel Zermatterhof, Mont
Cervin Palace and Monte Rosa. If you can afford to stay there, you can have
a meal or have a drink at the bar. Later in the program will show you a few of
the other 130 hotels in Zermatt. After the train journey we're a little hungry. We're ready for wurst, the national dish of
the country – and how convenient at this sidewalk stand. It's quick and inexpensive, and we’re on
our way to explore the village. Or you could sit at an outdoor table and watch
the town go by. The pedestrian streets are narrow and lined
with shops, restaurants, hotels and inns near the rail station. Homes and houses are scattered throughout,
some perched on the lower edge of the mountains. The main church in town is St. Mauritius,
built in the 1920s, but the first historical record of a church here goes back to the year
1285. Watch out for the horse carriages. You could take a ride in one, or if you're
staying in a fancy hotel you might be delivered from the rail station in a horse carriage. Some of the main stores that you'll see here
are the shops for Swiss watches, including many affordable models and some at the highest
end such as that the Patek Philippe branded store. You'll find the quality of display is really
eye-catching. After all they want to stop you in your tracks
as you're walking by the storefront, and while you can buy Swiss Army knives all over the
world it's very nice to purchase them here in the homeland, the authentic models from
it clothing boutiques and souvenir shops with everything from the Swiss brass bell to Lacey
hundred shifts porosity crystal figurines jewelry o'clock You’ll also find clothing
boutiques and souvenir shops with everything from the Swiss brass bell to lacey handkerchiefs,
Swarovski crystal figurines, jewelry, cuckoo clock, Goebel hummels. You can get music boxes and fine porcelain
dolls. Bakeries are everywhere, and you'll find gourmet
food stores. The best buys on chocolate bars are probably
in the grocery stores. 16a Some of the main stores you'll see here
are the shops first watches including many affordable models and some of the highest
in such as that the party Felipe rented store you'll find the quality of display is really
eye-catching after all they want to stop you in your tracks as you're walking by the storefront
and while you can buy Swiss Army knives all over the world it's very nice to purchase
them here in the homeland the authentic models from Victorinox. How many different models? Well in their catalog they'll offer you 1200
different kinds. You’ll also find clothing boutiques and
souvenir shops with everything from the Swiss brass bell to lacey handkerchiefs, Swarovski
crystal figurines, jewelry, cuckoo clocks. Don't worry about needing to pack things in
your suitcase because with typical Swiss efficiency they will ship it home for you, and that way
you can avoid the sales tax. Goebel Hummels, you can get music boxes and
fine porcelain dolls. Bakeries are everywhere and they usually sell
sandwiches for take-out so that can make an inexpensive picnic lunch, and you'll find
gourmet food stores. The best buys on chocolate bars are probably
in the grocery stores. Maybe consider fabrics for easy packable items
or tempted by Tissot, an excellent mid-priced watch. Of course, there are many shops that sell
clothing and accessories for hiking and skiing. And most of these stores also rent skiing
equipment, and the people who work in the stores can certainly help you choose the best
equipment for the day if you're heading for the slopes. If you're looking for backpacks or hiking
shoes, walking clothing, this little village is a great place to shop. While most of the merchandise is not made
in Switzerland, it is selected by the Swiss merchants to be the very best. A lot of it's made in Germany. The quality is superb and you can't go wrong
buying items in these shops, and the price is generally no higher than what you find
in a big city. You probably already have a backpack but you
could just admire the amazing variety and the modern technology of all these items on
display. You'll be tempted to upgrade your equipment. Being a small village in the south of the
country, many stores close for lunch, perhaps from noon till 2 PM. Then they reopen and close again about 6 PM. On Sunday it's better to shop in the morning
because a lot of the shops close Sunday afternoon. You might think up here in the mountains,
it's going to be cloudy a lot, but on the contrary, Zermatt is the sunniest part of
Switzerland. A study has shown there is an average duration
of 62% sunshine. It's number one in the country, compared to
number two, the Ticino in the south, with 55%. Turns out the surrounding mountains keep the
clouds away so Zermatt is blessed with a very special climate. Took a look into typical local restaurant,
the Haus Darioli. It's got that taverna style with the rustic
wooden benches, no tablecloth, simple menu, good prices, good food, and it's also a hotel. It gets 3 1/2 stars out of four rating on
Trip Advisor. So this is a pretty good place to consider. Another excellent restaurant is in the Walliserhof
Hotel. It's the Stubli Restaurant – quite rustic
and typical Swiss feeling – comfortable wooden furniture and a varied cuisine ranging
from steaks and salads to pastas Italian style. It's part of the Hotel Walliserhof, which
is one of the oldest in Zermatt. It's a family operated hotel. It first opened in 1898, located right on
the main street, but most of the rooms are set back. It's got thirty-four rooms, each one of them
different. There are just three main streets which run
along parallel to the River Matter Vispa, and numerous cross streets, little lanes,
especially around the station and behind the church, which forms the center of Zermatt
village. In general anything is at most a thirty-minute
walk away. And during the summer there are roads and
hiking trails leading up to a number of year-round restaurants. Warning: it seems peaceful in town, but they
do have some wild animals on the loose, sniffing their way around, trespassing, climbing through
fences. Beware the house cat. Well, it just shows how peaceful things can
get when you stroll a mere block away from the main street. Things calm down right away. In the old village, beside the Grand Hotel
Zermatterhof, about thirty ancient buildings show the traditional style of the original
Walser residents. There's barns and grain stores that are up
to 500 years old. That's a piece of living history that reveals
how the mountain farmers of Zermatt once lived. Notice the rocks that are placed at intervals
underneath the buildings, those flat round rocks. Those are guards to keep out the rodents and
the insects from the grain storage areas. The roofs of these typically valet style buildings
are covered with shingles made of flat stone slabs. Their sun-beaten wooden walls are made of
larch wood and stand up on stilts for storage space down below. Sometimes there's firewood stacked up down
there. Sometimes animals were kept in a barn underneath
the house to keep everybody warm, the animals and the people living upstairs. This section of town is called Hinterdorf
and it's the oldest surviving village center. There were barns where people would thresh
the grain and storehouses where they would dry their meat, slaughter their animals and
store their treasures from the land away in chests. The larch wood they are made of is a kind
of symbol of the Valais, as 29% of the trees in the area are larches. The larch is the heaviest and hardest of the
indigenous conifers. The wood is highly resinous which makes it
very durable and weather-resistant. And this, combined with the dark color of
the wood means that the house will heat up during the day when it's exposed to the sun,
producing energy. And the people who live in these houses don't
need much heating in the daytime in winter, at least in the rooms that face the sunny
side. The preservation of these buildings is of
growing importance to the local communities and the Swiss Heritage Society, and fortunately,
to the owners themselves. These buildings symbolize the customs, the
traditions, and farming culture at the highest altitudes in this Alpine region. Throughout the country, there are about 50,000
of these agricultural buildings still in existence. Outside the village throughout this Zermatt
region, there are an estimated 720 of these so-called Hofstetan-type buildings. The old town is just around the corner from
the main street – takes less than a minute to walk there, but it's easily overlooked
because it's not obvious. Bicycles are allowed in town, but on the main
street here you are only allowed to walk them, not to ride them. You could get a big ticket from the local
police for peddling your bicycle down the main lane. During the day the town is quite busy, year-round,
but something special happens in the early evening. It gets much quieter. The shops have closed down, the daytrippers
are gone, the bus tour groups are back on their trains and out of here, and it's just
left to the people who are spending the evening, and the locals. It's the perfect time to take a leisurely
stroll from one end of town to the other – it's only about a kilometer so it's a very easy
walk. They have a lovely public tennis court with
clay courts and lights in the evening. It is mostly for locals because tourists are
going to bring their tennis rackets. So it's a nice amenity for people live here. Switzerland has one of the world's highest
qualities of life and they really do take care of their people. They don't allow any cars here but they’ve
got horse and buggy. You can rent a bicycle, there's little electric
vehicles to take your baggage from the hotel to the train station and of course you can
walk, it's a great place for walking. That's right. It's an automobile free zone. And there is pedestrians. And even though it's busy with tourists they
have really managed to retain the charm and this Alpine character. There's wonderful nature hikes all around
the town, ranging from very easy half-hour strolls on a level gradient paved pathway
up to some serious mountain hiking and rock climbing. And there's skiing in the summertime all year
round you’ve got skiing here in Zermatt. It has the largest all year-round skiing terrain
in the entire Alpine area. So it makes for a fascinating place. There's tremendous mountains all around it
and of course the most famous mountain in all of Switzerland, the Matterhorn, one of
the most famous mountains in the entire world. The Matterhorn is the most vertical steep
mountains that you can find any place on the planet. The fun continues with further walking in
the village of Zermatt. Right down the main lane, you see it is lined
with all sorts of interesting shops, restaurants, buildings and fascinating people to watch
always. Got a love the variety of eateries here in
town from the simple sidewalk sausage stand to these nice outdoor restaurants. You can sit on the terrace and you are right
on the main lane here and watch the people go by. Of course Zermatt is a year-round holiday
resort town, great in the summer for hiking and walking and just being this beautiful
village, and the winter it's a tremendous ski resort. There are places where you can actually ski
all summer long at the top of the Klein Matterhorn – it's the largest summer ski slopes in
all of Europe, but mostly summer activities are relaxing in the town, and taking a walk
out in the countryside, and riding up to those beautiful mountain heights for the views. As you can see it's a lot of fun just to walk
along on the main lane of the village. You can go back and forth, it's just about
a mile or a kilometer and a half from one end to the other, and there's some little
side lanes you can explore as well. While this is pretty town can easily keep
you occupied for a couple of days with its attractions and shops and things, you certainly
want to get out of town up into the hills. That's the main reason for coming to Zermatt
and we will show you that in two other movies where we take you up various mountains all
around the town to the Klein Matterhorn, Gornergrat and Sunnegga. Look for that in our series. Unfortunately, there are visitors who only
stay in town and don't go up to the mountains but don't make that mistake. We happened to be in Zermatt during a very
special time of the year to see the goats parade. This happens during the summer time from late
June until the middle of August, and the goats come walking through the village two times:
at 9 o'clock in the morning they are walking out from the town to the pasture, and 5 PM
in the evening they return to the village every day, but only in the summer for about
six weeks. These are Valais black neck goats and they
are herd of about 50 animals who are the stars of Zermatt summertime. The goat herders are youngsters who live in
the area and each day three different children get the honor of walking the goats. Summer’s a fine time to be here – the
temperatures are pleasant. It does not usually get very hot in Zermatt. The town elevation is about 1600 m or about
5000 feet. So it's a pleasant summer environment, or
come in the spring and fall. It's a year-round destination. You might want to reserve your hotel well
ahead of time, though, because it is limited accommodations. There our 130 small hotels, but it is so popular
you better reserve in advance. You can also look at AirB&B and similar services. After all, Switzerland has been in the business
of guest houses for over a century. Notice the musicians at the top. At the end of the program will bring you a
little concert in the restaurant. We mentioned our hotel at the top of the program. It's the Hotel Butterfly and it's a lovely
spot. It's only a couple blocks from the train station,
no problem walking over here, and they have got balconies, they’ve terraces, rustic
wooden architecture. The hotel interior continues that Alpine motif
with a lot of wood counters and tables, the stone floor, carpeted lounge with comfortable
furnishings. Typical of most Swiss hotels, there is a very
nice breakfast that’s included with your room rate. You'll have the eggs and breads fruits and
cheeses and tomatoes and hams and cold cuts, a very satisfying breakfast. You could also take dinner here, if you like,
with an Italian accent to the cuisine. And it is set a couple blocks away from the
main street, really up on the hillside, and up on the hill you’ve got sheep grazing
– a very quiet spot. It's located 150 meters from the main train
station and even closer to the main street, so within a few minutes of stepping outside
the door you are right in the middle of things. We've also stayed at the Schloss Hotel, which
is perhaps the most conveniently located in the entire town. It's right across the street from the train
station. It's been owned and operated by the Perrin
family for the past 30 years. We enjoyed dinner and breakfast at the hotel. You'll have good value and quality in this
town when you include the hotel’s dinner offer in your room rate. The hotel underwent a huge transformation
in the year 2012 and really upgraded the luxury quality, including a spa and indoor swimming
pool. Right at the train station, there's a nice
Bahnhof buffet restaurant. They offer a typical Swiss cuisine with an
interior that looks like you're inside a train, and there's also a very inexpensive Bahnhof
Hotel, very basic almost a hostel – and they do not include breakfast but you save
a lot of money there. With 130 hotels to pick from, you'll find
a wide range of price and quality in Zermatt, but at the upper end there are several hotels
that really stand out above all the others. The Mont Cervin Palace is one of the top five-star
hotels in all Switzerland, founded originally by the Siller family over 150 years ago and
you can take a ride through town in their horse carriage. One of the great hotels of the world is located
here in Zermatt. It's the five-star super deluxe Zermatterhof
Hotel. They've got a garden restaurant. You can sit outdoors or sit indoors, and you
can have afternoon tea or a complete meal here. The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is constantly
being upgraded and improved, and the guests are pampered. Zermatt is considered Switzerland's most popular
visitor destination getting about 2 million visitors a year. So depending on the time of day or the season,
this village could get pretty crowded. You might want to come in the shoulder season. Month of May is perfect, if it's late May,
especially. Early May you might run into snow on the trails
and that gets in the way of your hiking. Late May and early September are pretty much
the perfect times to be here. Zermatt is well-equipped to handle a large
number of visitors they get, with 130 hotels in the main village area, not to mention bed-and-breakfasts
and other hotels in nearby towns. Many people just come for the day, you can
arrive by train in the morning, walk around, although that's not recommended. There's so much to see and do in Zermatt you
really want to spend a couple of nights – at least two or even three nights would be very
nice. They have got 70 ski lifts if you're a skier,
especially in the wintertime they're all functioning. In the summer as we have seen up on the Klein
Matterhorn you can ski all year round. And naturally this is heaven for serious rock
climbers there. You'll see people with their ropes and spikes
in pickaxes walking down the main lane heading for the hills. We will be taking you outside the village
to surrounding mountains for some amazing views hiking and mountain railway experiences. In our other programs about Zermatt. Zermatt has Chinese restaurant, steakhouses,
sushi bars, noodle houses, hot dog stands, and one special restaurant that really stands
out above others. It's the Stübli at the Hotel Schweitzerhof
– very good traditional food and music, and the price is very reasonable. Salads, desserts, fish, chicken, meat, it's
a full-service menu including a rather unusual item – it some kind of a Swiss Army stew
and it's served in this canteen can – looks like it's right out of the Army rations, but
of course, it was quite delicious. The restaurant is located right on the main
street in the very heart of town, you can't miss it. It's part of the Hotel Schweitzerhof, but
it's got its own separate entrance, only a few blocks from the main train station. And it is about the only restaurant in town
where you can hear the traditional Swiss music performed by a live quartet. You can come in the early evening if you just
want a drink, say, 5 PM. The music is generally going at that hour. My friend Hans got so friendly with the waitress
that she came over and asked him to dance, and away they go. The restaurant is a showcase for many different
bands from throughout the region supporting the local traditional musicians. It really says a lot about how friendly this
small village of Zermatt is. The people who live and work here really have
a nice relaxed attitude. While this delightful music plays will share
with you a few more scenes of Zermatt. We have presented a whole series of movies
about this beautiful Swiss village. For now we're just kind of winding down our
visit with this stroll through town and show you some of the beautiful sights. [music plays]
We have a big series of movies about Switzerland taking you to most of the great places. We will bring you to Lucerne and up to Mount
Titlis, Mount Rigi, over to Interlaken, up to the Jungfrau. We will see the Shilthorn, Lauterbrunnen Valley,
Trummelbach Falls, Grindelwald, Bern, then on to Zermatt, the Matterhorn, yes we will
have a look at the Gornergrat, up the Sunnegga, do some hiking, show you the village then
on down to Lugano and Locarno in the southern part of Switzerland, the Ticino we also take
you to the great city of Zürich. Look for them in our Swiss collection.



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Zermatt, Switzerland – one of the most beautiful towns in the Alps, surrounded by 15,000-foot-high mountain peaks. In this show we’re going to focus on Zermatt town itself.
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The pedestrian streets are narrow and lined with shops, restaurants, hotels and inns near the rail station. Homes and houses are scattered throughout, some perched on the lower edge of the mountains.
For a very long time Switzerland and the Alps have been among the most beautiful regions, sought by millions of tourists from all parts of the world. They display the greatest mountains and valleys in their grandest form and have a special charm that is most seductive.
Zermatt is considered Switzerland’s most popular visitor destination getting about 2 million visitors a year. So depending on the time of day or the season, this village could get pretty crowded. You might want to come in the shoulder season. Month of May is perfect, if it’s late May, especially. Early May you might run into snow on the trails and that gets in the way of your hiking. Late May and early September are pretty much the perfect times to be here.
Zermatt is well-equipped to handle a large number of visitors they get, with 130 hotels in the main village area, not to mention bed-and-breakfasts and other hotels in nearby towns. Many people just come for the day, you can arrive by train in the morning, walk around, although that’s not recommended. There’s so much to see and do in Zermatt you really want to spend a couple of nights – at least two or even three nights would be very nice. They have got 70 ski lifts if you’re a skier, especially in the wintertime they’re all functioning. In the summer as we have seen up on the Klein Matterhorn you can ski all year round. And naturally this is heaven for serious rock climbers there. You’ll see people with their ropes and spikes in pickaxes walking down the main lane heading for the hills.

26 Replies to “Zermatt town, Switzerland”

  1. Dennis, hello and thank you for your videos', we are happy to see a slightly different layout in the newer videos', much more to see and do, you have allot of info in your videos' , well done, and of-course, please continue!

  2. This video made me book a holiday to Zermatt – going in August, can't wait.

    I have a question, how common is altitude sickness? Were your tour group ill at all or was everyone okay?

  3. Hi Dennis,your videos are the best and most informative here on youtube. I have a question about taking babies under 2 on Glaciers? I read on Trip Advisor by one of the local Swiss Travelers that the babies under 2 are not allowed on a Jungfrau or Mount Titles. Is this true?

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