Located at the upper end of the Matter Valley, close to some of Europe’s highest vineyards, the Swiss town of Zermatt has the world’s most famous mountain to thank for its emergence as a tourist hotspot. Little more than a farming village when climbers descended on this quiet corner of Switzerland in the mid-nineteenth century, Zermatt has since developed into a bustling year round resort town teeming with luxury hotels, exclusive retail outlets and arguably the best culinary scene in the Alps.
When English climber Edward Whymper conquered the Matterhorn in July 1865, a new era of alpine tourism was just beginning. Now, more than 150 years later, the village from which he made his memorable ascent sits at the very summit of this sector. Despite its small size, Zermatt leaves the discerning visitor spoilt for choice with its seemingly endless array of first class hotels, long list of elite bars and restaurants, and reputation for service that transcends even the expected Swiss excellence. From the timeless surroundings of Grand Hotel Zermatterhof to the contemporary design of the Cervo Mountain Resort and the minimalist alpine chic of The Omnia, Zermatt’s luxury hotels rank amongst the very finest in the world.
Similarly, its restaurants and bars do not disappoint. Seasonal menus, locally sourced ingredients and wine lists that promote producers from the Valais region and from neighbouring canton Vaud are all commonplace, with standards universally high across the entire spectrum of cuisine and budget. Four of the town’s eateries have Michelin stars - Ristorante Capri, Brasserie Uno, After Seven and Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni - with many more, both in the town centre and on the slopes and hiking trails above, listed in respected guides for their high quality food and wine, impeccable service and relaxed ambiance.
For a town of less than 6,000 permanent residents, Zermatt really does punch above its weight where gastronomy and fine wine are concerned. So whether you want a quick pit-stop to refuel after a day on the piste, a surprise six course menu served from a list of ingredients or a glass of sparkling wine with a dramatic Alpine vista, the irresistibly charming town of Zermatt has you covered!
Hofmattstrasse 4, Zermatt, 3920
Bahnhofstrasse 55, Zermatt, 3920
Kirchstrasse 38, Zermatt, 3920
Findeln, Zermatt, 3920
Kirchplatz 16, Zermatt, 3920
Findeln, Zermatt, 3920
Zum See, Zermatt, 3920
Hofmattstrasse 12, Zermatt, 3920
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