A Ro­man­tic City

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If I have to de­scribe Zer­matt in one word it will be sim­ply “heav­enly”.

The mo­ment I set foot in Zer­matt, the city listed among my most favourite and ro­man­tic in the world, it re­minded me of a novel that my mom used to read to me when I was a lit­tle girl: Heidi, which I am sure many of you are fa­mil­iar with. In the book there are some pic­turesque im­ages of a city where Heidi lives, and Zer­matt re­minds me of that.

As Zer­matt is a car-free city, vis­i­tors must take the train to reach it, which I con­sider a bless­ing. As the train slowly climbed the moun­tain to­wards the city, our eyes were treated by views over the seem­ingly sky-scrap­ing snowy moun­tains. And it only got bet­ter the mo­ment we ar­rived at the city.

Zer­matt lies at the foot of the Mat­ter­horn. The town’s tourist de­vel­op­ment is closely linked to what is most prob­a­bly the world’s most fa­mous moun­tain. The Mat­ter­horn is the moun­tain shown on Toblerone choco­late wrap­pings. The city has pre­served its orig­i­nal char­ac­ter and of­fers nearly un­lim­ited pos­si­bil­i­ties as far as ex­cur­sions are con­cerned. The lo­ca­tion of Zer­matt at the foot of the Mat­ter­horn and in the mid­dle of an enor­mous hik­ing and ski re­gion makes it one of the world’s most at­trac­tive va­ca­tion vil­lages.

Al­most all ve­hi­cles in Zer­matt are bat­tery-driven and vir­tu­ally silent. Trans­port around the vil­lage is ei­ther on horse-and-car­riage, or via elec­tric taxis. The whole city is ut­terly tran­quil. You can hear the sound of birds singing and church bells ring­ing. Not only when you breathe do you re­ally sense the fresh air.

In the moun­tains of Zer­matt, some amaz­ing prospects will await you. Over 400 km of hik­ing trails will lead you through an en­chant­ing world of na­ture. En­joy the sun, crys­tal-clear air and breath­tak­ing moun­tain panorama with friends and fam­ily. I have never felt so close to heaven as when I was in the moun­tains. It feels as though you can reach out and touch the sky.

While in town, visit Mat­ter­horn Mu­seum, hous­ing equip­ment used dur­ing the first as­cent of the Mat­ter­horn in 1865, which ended trag­i­cally. The mu­seum also shows ev­ery­day life in Zer­matt dur­ing the early years.

Make sure to get to the top of a moun­tain: Zer­matt of­fers the plea­sures of the Gorner­grat, a cog rail­way that winds its way up the moun­tain to an al­ti­tude of 3089 me­tres. At first, I thought noth­ing could match the view we had on the train on our way to Zer­matt but, boy, could I be so wrong!: The view on the Gorner­grat is far bet­ter, a mag­nif­i­cent panorama.

The fab­u­lous view, fresh clean air, the tran­quil­ity: They all added to the ut­terly ro­man­tic am­bi­ence of the city, mak­ing it the per­fect place for your hon­ey­moon or sim­ply to spend time with your loved ones.

Photo Cour­tesy of Zer­matt Tourism

Photo Cour­tesy of Zer­matt Tourism

Photo by Ika Da­ma­janti

Photo by Ika Da­ma­janti

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