Blogs from Zermatt, South-West, Switzerland, Europe - page 4


Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt June 14th 2010

Scott and I set out for a long weekend in Switzerland from City Airport - very convenient but a little run down. We arrived into a muggy Zurich Banhof late Friday night. Just as the local youth were getting ready for a night on the town, preparing by drinking boxes of beers in the local squares. After a short sleep we were up and back at the train station zooming towards Liechtenstein along Zurich See (Lake). Arriving into Sangans we had a bit of time before a connecting train so decided to pick up our tickets for the Glacier Express. Lucky for us there was a really helpful lady at the counter as it appeared we only had a reservation and in fact needed to buy a ticket as well. She worked some magic and we ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt October 15th 2009

Managed a solid six hours of boarding which is a good effort considering the size of the mountains.. Hard on the old legs. Had a go on the half pipe and im pretty sure i have a brocken arm and maybe a few brocken ribs..nah abit of r&r and it should be sweet! Also played the "how many asian tourists you can spray when they fall over game" lucky for me a whole Asian tour group was on the mountain got a personal best of fifteen!..ummm its time for me to make like a tree, Switzerland is way too expensive, because i heaps want to pay fifteen australian dollars for a cheese sandwich from the supermarket..incase you cant tell i am being sarcastic..anyway i have decided to go west to the coast and wait until the ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt October 14th 2009

The Matterhorn is still closed. The wind isnt as strong as yesterday but the temperature at the peak is minus fifteen degrees. Instead of going to Interlaken I am going to stay here until I am able to snowboard this stupid mountain. The train to Interlaken is a budget crunching 80Franks so its probably a good idea i dont go. I also found out that with Eurail, one country isnt one day, you can go as far as you can in that date on any train service which is bloody good! i dont know what im going to do today. Just chill at the hostel bar I guess..... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt October 13th 2009

It was snowing really heavily in the village yesterday which was the coolest thing ever, i felt like a three year old kid when you first see snow. But today it has completely cleared up. The Matterhorn is closed because of the strong winds on the the peak, around 46kph. So because of the visibilty I went hiking with two other Australians (Matt and Andrew), also staying at the Matterhorn Hostel. We climbed to the top of Dufourspitze which is 4634 metres above sea level. It gave a 360 degree view of the Alps and the Matterhorn and across the boarder to the Italian Alps. That was honestly the most amaxing thing i have ever seen in my life. Hands down i have never been so amazed. Also, just for you dad, these two guys brought ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 9th 2009

Trip to Gornergrat It was nice sunny September's day. We were camping 2 nights in Zermatt (Camping Matterhorn) and on the 1st day we made a trip to Gornergrat(3100m). Our trip started at 7.30 AM, we went trough whole Zermatt and by the first tourist sign we turn left to the wood. The steep path trough deep forest was poling by cog-railway, from which tourist were waving over us. After an hour, when we walked out the forest, we could see the nice scenery of Matterhorn. And from this moment, Matterhorn was our "guide" all the way. Our way followed through meadows and forests to Riffelalp(2211m). There is a complex of small hotels and here we met first tourists. We followed them by steep dusty path from which we could see nice views of Zermatt valley. ... read more
Zermatt valley
Above Riffelalp

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt July 30th 2009

Well here we are in lovely Switzerland! At the moment we are having a lazy day, catching up on a bit of reading, napping and blogging. Half the reason for this is because our feet are quite sore and the other half is due to the weather. We have rain and thunder today so it’s quite nice being wrapped up in the van while watching the rain hit the glaciers above us. We are currently staying near a little village called Randa which is about 15 minutes drive away from Zermatt Village. We have spent the last couple of days doing loads of walking around the Zermatt area and have been blown away by the ease of Swiss travel. We could get quite used to this place! Our campsite is fantastic. There are no set pitches. ... read more
Hiking above Zermatt. Check out the Matterhorn in the background.
Go the Matterhorn!
Taking a breather..

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt June 24th 2009

On the 7th July we fly to Geneva to begin the Walkers Haute Route. The world famous skiers Haute Route (High Level Route) was turned into a high altitude trek years ago and is 180km between Mont Blanc (Chamonix) and the Matterhorn (Zermatt). It should, hopefuly, take us 13 days and we'll post some pictures and a trip report (excitement) here before we head off to Canada on 27th July. I have put a few photos on but haven't written a trip report as that would be a tad heavy at this stage. More to follow. ... read more
Above the clouds at Col de Torrent
Art, Cabane de Mont Fort
Le Grand Desert, nr Prafleuri

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt April 7th 2009

Morning spent wandering around Lugano, before a stop at a swiss chocolate shop for a second breakfast. Then back into Italy and onto Lake Maggiore. A short boat trip to visit the island of Isola Bella, a magnificently located palace and garden island. Lunch on the island before a visit of the palace, where both Napolean and Mussolini had been famous visitors. Then back into Switzerland and up through the Simplon Pass, into the snow and Alps again. Overnight at Tasch, as cars can't go any further towards Zermatt.... read more
Isola Bella
Isola Bella
Isola Bella

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 29th 2008

Uno de los paseos mas bonitos que hicimos un Suiza fue a Zermatt, un hermoso y pintoresco pueblito ubicado al pie de una de las montañas mas famosas del mundo: el Matterhorn. Para llegar allí hay que ir a url=äsch y luego tomar el tren Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn que tarda unos 20 minutos en subir hasta el pueblo. Salimos temprano de la casa de los tíos sabiendo que íbamos a tener casi 2 horas de viaje hasta url=äsch. La tía Cristiane vino con no... read more
Jugando con la tia en el auto

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 10th 2008

Hmm... it's been a while since I posted. I think I've been having too much fun climbing mountains. I guess I should go back and fill in some details from the last couple weeks, since my last update didn't contain much. The bad news... I don't have photos to include. Again. Well, I HAVE photos, I just can't add them. This computer keeps crashing every time I try. Bah! I promise a truly outrageous number of photos in about a week when I'm home! Including many many mountains and some cookies! Sunday the, uh... 31st of August, I think? I went for a hike near Innsbruck, Austria. There's a series of cable cars starting right in the city that take you up a nearby mountain (ski area in the winter). I rode 3/4 of the way ... read more

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