Zermatt has something for everyone: all year round

The famous skiing resort with over 400 kilometres of pistes, as well as off-piste skiing, continues all year round on Klein Matterhorn with the highest European lift at 3820m (12,415 feet – only 2,138 ft less than the Matterhorn itself!). There are many really excellent restaurants accessible from the pistes and you can ski into Italy if you wish.

During spring and summer many of the lifts remain working and high altitude mountain walking (ride up, and ride or walk down!) and rock climbing are popular, as is mountain biking. Spring flowers are magnificent and the dry warmth is very comfortable.

All year round the shopping alternatives are plentiful, as are all types of restaurants, bars and other nightlife, for all styles, budgets and age groups. We have left a list of some of our favourites in the apartment. But you will find your own and maybe can add to the list for the benefit of us and other guests. At busy times, at least, it is worth booking a table at your chosen restaurant. By phone is fine.

There are plenty of cash point (ATM) machines in Zermatt, and credit cards can also be used.

The Coop and Migro supermarkets are a few minutes walk away and are the place to start for food supplies. There is a baker (out of apartment, turn left, and first right – it’s on the left corner onto the main street), which is often open even when other places aren’t, and apart from chocolates and bakery things, also has a small “essential groceries” area for emergencies. They also sell made up rolls / sandwiches for picnic lunches.

Zermatt is in the German speaking part of Switzerland. Locals speak principally the local Swiss-German dialect. English, however, is widely spoken, as are French and Italian.

For more information on Zermatt check out the following website: www.zermatt.ch