On the last Sunday of the year 2012 I went on a spontaneous trip to Zermatt.
My reason, how can I write a blog about hiking in Switzerland without mentioning / knowing the most iconic mountain in Switzerland? Especially me who can never for certain say this mountain ist that one when I look at a mountain panorama. Usually need a guide, an app or I do research in advance, but the Matterhorn you can’t miss it. In person it’s even better than in the pictures, really! When you arrive with the train from Visp and the train takes its last turn into the train station and you get your first sight of that mountain, it really is something else.
So the whole trip can be really expensive so when you are living in Switzerland, get a day card from municipal corporation (Gemeindehaus). Or one of the other options but a normal full price from Zurich uff too much really.
In Zermatt take the Gornergradbahn up to Gornergrat Kulm hotel at 3,089 m. the vista you have to the Matterhorn, Klein Matterhorn, Santa Rosa and Dufourspitze (highest point in Switzerland) is really something else. (here and here for more info)
How to get there by Public Transport:
from Zurich HB to Zermatt:
Time: 3 hours
From: Rotenboden to: Riffelberg
Notable Information about Zermatt:
To prevent air pollution which could obscure the town’s view of the Matterhorn, the entire town is a combustion-engine car-free zone. Almost all vehicles in Zermatt are battery driven and almost completely silent. Electric vehicles are allowed for local commerces. The Cantonal police can issue a permit which allows residents to drive and park at the northern outskirts. Some emergency (fire trucks, ambulances, etc.) and municipal (buses, garbage trucks, etc.) vehicles are also allowed to use combustion engines.
Quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zermatt#Transport