Switzerland’s iconic ski resort (with its majestic mountain, the Matterhorn) is a must-see-and-ski, a beautiful town ringed by 38 4000m+ peaks and a ferociously well-organized tourism industry making sure that everything runs smoothly.
Famous since the advent of mountain tourism in the 19th century, Zermatt enjoys year-round skiing and snowboarding opportunities (thanks to its glacier, with its Matterhorn Glacier Paradise) and 350km worth of pistes in winter.
The town itself is blissfully car-free (you can get to your accommodation by taking an electric shuttle), so you’ll have to leave your car at Matterhorn Terminal Täsch and take the train from there. You can also arrive in style via the Glacier Express coming all the way from Davos/St Moritz.
Zermatt bursts at the seams with places to eat: the town is a well-known dining destination throughout the country and has ( as of 2016) 17 restaurants with Gault Millau points. One of the town’s most well-known places to eat is Whymper Stube at Bahnhofstrasse 80, with quality local and Swiss specialties such as raclette and fondue. For brilliant Matterhorn views at altitude, make a reservation at famous Chez Vrony.
A truly great place to sample local produce and home cooking amid cozy surrounds and warm, courteous service is at Zumsee, a charming hamlet that’s a 40-minute walk from Zermatt (reduced to 15 minutes if you break it up with a cable car).
There’s a full calendar of events held in and around the town, and some excellent walks and excursions. The journey up to Gornergrat is an essential part of the Zermatt experience. Visit the well-run tourist information office, just outside the train station for all the info you may ever need.