Blogs from Zermatt, South-West, Switzerland, Europe


Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt August 18th 2021

Een tocht om het Mont Blanc massief en vervolgens door de Penine Alps meerdere bergpassen oversteken om in Zermatt aan de voet van de Matterhorn te eindigen. Ja, dat leek me wel een leuk plan dat ik dit jaar kort voor vertrek maakte. Heerlijk met de trein richting Zwitserland om mijn eerste nacht de tent op te slaan op een camping in Champex-Lac waar de regen na het opzetten van mijn tent direct met bakken uit de hemel kwam. Dit vergezeld door bliksem en gedonder, mijn grootste angst in de bergen. Gelukkig stond ik hier veilig op de camping met hoge bergtoppen om me heen. Veel kleine trekkerstentjes op de camping, want ik was beland op de veel belopen Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), een tocht die de meesten starten in Les Houches om vervolgens tegen ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt July 26th 2020

The absolute highlight of our "Tour the Swiss Mountains" was the visit of the internationally renowned, much famous village of Zermatt. It lies on the Southern side of the Rhone valley in the canton of Wallis. This Swiss canton (State) is home to two of the four national languages of Switzerland, German and French. Zermatt is situated in the German part, although in the village you can normally hear languages from visiting tourists from all over the world. Normally..... This Covid year however everything is different. No overseas tourists to be found, and few visitors from European countries from the Shengen zone. Nevertheless the town was fully booked, with mostly guests from Switzerland itself. Everyone from the locals wanted to profit from the fact that being in Zermatt and its mountains this year you do not ... read more
Monte Rosa Glacier
View from Gornergrat
the legendary train to 3100m

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt October 29th 2019

We have travelled around the world - but we have not travelled to some places where the whole world travels to. One of these places is the Gornergrat in Zermatt. Nearly all travellers say that one has to visit this special place once. It was somehow on our bucket list, but definitely not in summer when you probably tramp on the tourists. We wanted to go there in off season when it is less crowded and cheaper. When Markus had to work on a project at the entrance of the Mattertal, the valley that leads to Zermatt, by the end of october, we checked the weatherforecast and it was a quick decision. We could organise the work on a friday, we booked a hotel room for a night and I (Nina) came with Markus. Basically, it ... read more
Markus taking in the views on Gornergrat
beautiful chapel on Moosalp
Matterhorn and Riffelsee - the instagram shot

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt August 31st 2019

I get up early as I want to have a short walk to watch the sun rise. It is a beautiful morning. I have been watching the forecast for these last few days since I started the trip. It had shown rain consistently for weeks so I was delighted when this changed a couple of days before arriving in St Moritz. Both staying this high up on the Muottas Muragl and doing the Glacier Express trip are bound to be much nicer if the weather is kind, and I have been truly lucky with the weather throughout this trip. This early walk is the only time so far that I have put on my fleece, and that is only because it is so early. I only had rain one evening in Nürnberg and the thunderstorm in ... read more
Path Obstruction
Sun hitting Piz Bernina

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt July 28th 2019

Unfortunately this morning we awoke to rain. Seeing the rain falling, I turned off the alarm and went back to bed. We actually had a morning to sleep in a bit, but our trip to Klein Matterhorn had to be postponed with hopes of doing the trip tomorrow. Instead we had a free day until our dinner with the group. After breakfast we relaxed in our room until the rain slowed down some. We finally ventured out walking back to the train station for Fred to buy a hat and then heading out toward the river. We walked along the river seeing some of the old houses of Zermatt. The road along the river eventually joined the main road to take us back to the hotel. On the way we stopped at the cemetery finding memorials ... read more
Beautiful Swiss Home
Crucifix in Zermatt

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt July 27th 2019

When we awoke this morning the fog was lifting and the sun was starting to shine through. So after breakfast we returned to the lake for a few quick pictures before continuing on our journey. Today was another travel day, traveling to Zermatt, but only part of the trip was by bus. For six hours we enjoyed the ride on the well known Glacier Express. A fun way to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary. The Glacier Express was anything but a express. We had lunch on the train consisting of rice, carrots and a goulash type dish with apple pie for dessert. We slowly made our way up and over the mountain into the town of Zermatt which allows no gas powered vehicles. Only pedestrians, bike, and electric cars are allowed on the streets. My first ... read more
Duck - St. Moritz
St. Moritz Church
Lake along the road

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt June 5th 2017

Zermatt for the weekend! We drove 3 hours from Geneva to Tasch, then caught the train up to Zermatt. Zermatt is a walking town that is at the base of the famous Matterhorn peak and 28 other peaks. The Matterhorn is the most impressive as it appears to be on its own. The weather wasn't great, the main ski season was over, but it was not quite summer weather. We spent the first day walking around Zermatt, enjoying the town, the church and paying our respects at the mountaineers cemetery. We were struck by how young many of the climbers who died were, many on their decent of the Matterhorn. As we were walking in the town the church bells rang. On the second day we caught the train up to Gornergrat. It was a cloudy ... read more
Matterhon peaking through the clouds behind the church, Day 2
Train up from Tasch
Ming and I were there too

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt March 19th 2016

We both agree that train travel is incredibly romantic. We’ve probably watched too many movies….but we’re Americans. We live in a country where railroads are something that blocks traffic at exactly the wrong time while you sit and watch tanker cars, spray painted by exuberant artists roll by while you just sit….but we know that in other countries, it is a way people actually travel…and we find this wonderful. As the train pulls out of the station we are grateful to be on such a wonderful trip. We’d heard about a famous train called “The Glacier Express” that went through the Swiss Alps and we wanted to go. This train offers grand windows and so the world seems only a touch away. This is one of those rare occasions you have a moment where you find ... read more
The Matterhorn Express
A stunning view
The snow is melting

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 18th 2015

182147SEP2015 Hallo meine Freunde! I am wiped, but I did say I need to stay on top of this blog. And stay on top of it I will! Today was my first full, and only day, in Switzerland! What a day it was...both expensive, and breathtaking! I slept in without apology today. After the long day the day prior, I was okay with that! Waking around 8 AM, I pulled out the map the hotel desk man gave me the night prior, and planned my day. I really dialed into one particular thing. Seeing as I came to Switzerland to see the Alps, and in particular the Matterhorn, I decided on taking the train up to the summit of Gornergrat. The Gornergrat Railway is the highest open-air railway in Europe. The line opened in 1898, and ... read more
Blue Skies Coming out
So Excited to be in Gornergrat
Me and the Matterhorn

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 18th 2015

221323SEP2015 So I fell very far behind on my blog. I apologize for my delay. Between traveling, Wi-Fi issues, and sheer laziness...I failed to update the blog daily. Good news is, I am at the Leonardo di Vinci Airport in Rome nearly 9 hours early. So now I have nothing but time to organize photos and update the blog. Along my drive from Zermatt to Rome I made audio notes of topics I planned on talking about. I realized I did not just want to do a day by day play by play (like the rhyming?). I decided to break it down into more. Specific observations, or places. I thought it would make my notes about my trip more dynamic. I need to backlog my adventures in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well...I have some work ... read more
Entering 19th Century Mountain Living
Search for the Truth Exhibit about the Controversial First Climb of the Matterhorn
Personal Effects of the First Ascenders of the Matterhorn

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