An Enchanting Encounter with Zermatt and the Matterhorn

///An Enchanting Encounter with Zermatt and the Matterhorn

An Enchanting Encounter with Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Get ready to cross this mountain off your bucket list!  A trip to Zermatt and the Matterhorn will exceed your wildest expectations.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve been enjoying my series on Switzerland as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.  We are now in the home stretch with the last two locations… Zermatt and the Matterhorn and Lausanne.   The pictures from Zermatt and the Matterhorn just might be the most captivating of the whole trip, so I hope you enjoy it.  If you are just joining me, check out the rest of my trip including my Switzerland Travel Guide! —>

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Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Zermatt and the Matterhorn was not something on my initial itinerary for Switzerland.  Even though it’s the most famous mountain in the country, my travel book said it was out of the way to reach, super touristy and there was a good chance that when I got there that the peak would be covered in clouds.  The book suggested visiting Murren the Berner Oberland instead.

So yes… all those things I read about Zermatt and the Matterhorn were true.  It was out of the way, super touristy and when we arrived there were clouds and rain in the forecast for days and the peak looked like this.  With the rainy forecast we decided to be thankful we got to see it at all.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

So my travel partner, the Hubs and I decided to make the best of it by taking as many pictures of the Matterhorn as possible from our room and then heading out to explore Zermatt.  It was much more commercialized and touristy than Murren, but still charming and cute.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

It was quintessentially Swiss with flower boxes in all of the windows.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

We had a low key night eating pizza and having a drink on the square.

We even splurged for some Swiss ice cream.  Each restaurant has these spectacular picture menus with different combinations and I could not resist ordering the largest one.  I should have known it was going to be ridiculous when the waitress laughed at me.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

We were fully expecting to have a rain day, but the next morning we woke up to this view!  It could not have been more perfect.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

So we spoke to the kind folks at our hotel and asked about the best option to get closer to the Matterhorn to take photos and if there were any not too challenging hikes to add to our day.

And while there are several trains to the top of mountains in Zermatt, including one that goes much closer to the Matterhorn, she said the Gornergrat had the best views for photos and an option to add a hike.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

So we bought our tickets and were on our way!  The Gornergrat is actually the highest open-air cog train in Europe and the ride up was awe-inspiring.  It took us to nearly 10,000 feet above sea level.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

Once we got to the top we climbed to the highest area around and looked back to see this….

… and this….

… and this.

So yes… Zermatt and the Matterhorn might be out of the way… but it was ohhhhhh soooo worth it.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

After exploring the top we decided to hike down to the Riffelberg train station.  Our hotel told us it would give us clear, closer views of the Matterhorn and we’d even pass some lakes.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

As we started climbing down the crowds started to clear and we got even closer to the prettiest mountain I’ve ever seen.

Even in early June spring flowers and grass were just starting to grow at this elevation.

We kept climbing down and then JACKPOT!  Our lake photo.

After this lake, most tourists got back on the train back to Zermatt but we kept going.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

Going the extra distance gave us the trail nearly to ourselves.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

It almost felt like we had a third friend on the hike… the Matterhorn.  This mountain is that big of a presence along these paths.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

In the last section of the hike the Hubs climbed down a steep hill to find another pond and just the shot we’ve been dreaming of…

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

I was dreaming of photos like this and Zermatt and the Matterhorn delivered.  We soon arrived to our train station and boarded to go down the rest of the mountain like everyone else.  It was a little more effort to walk down, but it was totally worth it.

I’ve also never been so glad for both the weather forecast and a tour book to be so wrong.

For dinner that night I was craving something different for dinner.  After days of more traditional swiss food, I found Z’ART online.  The meal was spectacular and a total change of pace from what we had been eating!

Octopus Carpaccio

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

Mediterranean Salad

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

Piri Piri Shrimp

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

Dessert…

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

After dinner we went back to the hotel bar where the Hubs made friends with the hotel owner.  We can’t recommend Hotel Europe enough.  They even brew their own beer.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

The next day we woke up to those cloudy skies.  We decided to do some shopping and just embrace the touristy nature of Zermatt.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

We bought some souvenirs, drank Swiss beer and did some relaxing in town.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

Zermatt is the epitome of a tourist town…

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

… but if you look past all that it’s still very charming.

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

For dinner we had one last traditional Swiss meal of fondue at Stockhorn.  After that I was happy but fondued out!

Visiting Zermatt and the Matterhorn/ Running in a Skirt

In the morning we packed up to head to the French side of Switzerland in Lausanne.  I left with a melancholy heart because in a short few days Zermatt and the Matterhorn had totally won me over.  I was delightfully in love.

Thoughts about Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Zermatt and the Matterhorn is out of the way.  But I’ve never been so glad that I ignored a tour book’s advice.  This destination is simply enchanting and the Matterhorn’s commanding presence is something travel dreams are made of.  If you ever have a chance… just go.

Also check out the rest of my trip including my Switzerland Travel Guide! —>

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  2. Kristy from Southern In Law August 6, 2017 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Those views!!! ?

    Wow!
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  3. Andrea on Vacation August 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Yep this looks totally amazing! Sometimes you just have to do what you what you want to do. And it totally paid off- so pretty!
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  4. Annmarie August 3, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning pics! Love the lake photos – I really really want to go to Switzerland now!

  5. Blane Sherer August 2, 2017 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Now those are some beautiful pictures !
    I like the nice sampling of various different
    things for the pictures that you selected to share..

  6. Emily August 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Ok. Wow. So thankful that God opened the clouds up so mercifully and provided such an awesome clear day to see such a beautiful mountain. Matterhorn would be one of my dream destinations to see, and I love that you kept hiking farther up to get that incredible awesome beautiful shot. Switzerland is like a little paradise for the mountain lovers and hikers. And the quintessential Swiss towns make my heart skip a beat… 🙂 Sigh… I love them.
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  7. Rachel August 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    How beautiful! I’ve always wanted to travel there and this solidifies it!

  8. Nicole @ Fitful Focus August 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I never really thought to go to Switzerland for vacation until seeing all the amazing pictures from your trip. I’m glad you ignored the tour books, too!
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  9. Marina @ Happy Healing August 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Wow! I am so jealous – this looks absolutely beautiful! And that ice cream looks so good!

  10. [email protected] August 2, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Gorgeous pictures! Looks like you guys had a fantastic trip!
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  11. You guys did have an epic trip!
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    • JulieWunder August 7, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      It’s a wonderful place and I hope you get to go there someday.

  12. All your pictures make me want to travel to Switzerland! Touristy or not, it looks so charming and beautiful!
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    • JulieWunder August 7, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      It’s a wonderful place and I hope you get to go there someday.

  13. Emily @ Pizza @ Pull-ups August 2, 2017 at 7:42 am - Reply

    How beautiful! I have enjoyed your Switzerland posts so much.
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  14. Susie @ Suzlyfe August 2, 2017 at 7:41 am - Reply

    And once again, you guys win! You did it right–I love that you threw out the book!
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    • JulieWunder August 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Susie! There’s one thing I know how to do well- travel. 🙂

  15. heather @Lunging Through Life August 2, 2017 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Oh my g osh that ice cream! I gave up most dairy right now and all I want is a big ol bowl of ice cream! What a beautiful little town. I’m so glad you got to experience it!
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    • JulieWunder August 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Oh man no ice cream! That and the cheese stands between me and no dairy- lol.

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