Zermatt, in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking. The town, at an elevation of around 1,600 metres above sea level, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak – the symbol for Switzerland. Zermatt’s main street Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants and also has a lively après-ski scene.
Until the mid-19th century, Zermatt was predominantly an agricultural community. The first and tragic ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 was followed by a rush on the mountains surrounding the village, leading to the construction of many tourist facilities. The name of Zermatt, as well as that of the Matterhorn itself, derives from the alpine meadows, or “Matten” (in German), in the valley. The name appeared first as “Zur Matte” (“at the meadow”) and became later Zermatt. The year-round population is approx. 6,000 though there may be several times as many tourists in Zermatt at any one time.
The Gornergrat is your excursion destination in Zermatt The cogwheel railway takes you up from the village to 3,100 metres above sea level. Even the journey is a great experience with a constant view of the Matterhorn. You can’t get enough of the panorama at the top – mountains and glaciers as far as the eye can see.
The 5-lakes trail is the hiking trail of superlatives in the Zermatt mountains: The Matterhorn is reflected in three of these mountain lakes. The view of the many mountain giants is unique and the hiking route highly varied. This is the hiking tour, we made (hiking time only takes about two and a half hours): “Blauherd – Stellisee – Grindjisee – Grünsee – Moosjisee – Leisee – Sunnegga” whereas Blauherd and Sunnegga both are cable car mountain stations. These mountain lakes are not easily forgotten. Different in shape, color, character and size, there is something completely different to discover at each lake. At Leisee, it’s all about swimming and fun for the kids. At Grünsee, the landscape shows its barren side, where stone pines hold their ground despite scree and sand. Rare flowers grow at Grindji Lake. And so on. Who discovers more?
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Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge.
The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.
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