Zermatt: A little village with a big heart!

I always wanted to do a Zermatt post but for some reason I hadn’t come around to it until now. This is our fourth year coming and I fell in love with the village on the first visit. It’s small, picturesque and peaceful…and for me, it’s my favorite city in Switzerland. And because of its no cars ban…the views and the air are crystal clear. Everyone knows that Zermatt is the place for the world’s elite and fancy to come ski during the winter…but in the summer, the city has a completely different vibe. It’s super laidback…filled with hikers, bikers and young families coming to spend their holidays in the beautiful nature that surrounds Zermatt.
What do you do in Zermatt during the summer?? Well, you spend your days going up to the glacier, hiking scenic trails, riding your bike to the base of the Matterhorn, playing some tennis in the center of town, golfing with the mountains as your backdrop or even doing a little summer skiing (yes, it’s possible to ski here in the summer). There are countless of restaurants, lounges, bars, spas and great shopping to enjoy. Here are some pictures to give you a better feel:
And now some pictures of what makes Zermatt so beautiful…its scenery and natural surroundings:And the main star of this show is of course the legendary mountain of the Matterhorn:

If you go, I will give you two recommendations for dining. There are sooooo many amazing restaurants in Zermatt but we always like to eat at traditional Swiss food restaurants. The first restaurant is called Le Mazot. We ate a delicious fondue bourguignonne which is a large pot of boiling oil (very hot) and your plate of raw filet. You then dip your meet into the pot and allow it to cook. Your main plate comes with plenty of sauces and some little additions like cornichons and cocktail onions. This all comes with a side of french fries…probably not the healthiest thing you’ll ever eat but it sure it delicious!

Up next is probably our favorite restaurant in Zermatt, Stockhorn Grill.


It is off the main path but well worth the walk because they make an unbelievable meal. If you’re into chicken, you can go in to the restaurant either the morning of or the day before and ask for their roasted chicken…then when you come in to dinner, you’re fresh chicken is ready for you…slow roasted all day…and absolutely delicious. Last night we ate here and we ordered the Chateaubriand which is a large filet for two people, served with potatoes gratin, grilled vegetables and a salad…it’s meal for those that love to eat…which luckily for the restaurant, we do. Also, the meats are cooked in an open flame grill…so you can imagine the flavors.


And finally…where to stay. Thankfully for all of us…Zermatt is fully equipped to handle the millions of tourists they receive. There are hotels for every budget and want…but we have a favorite and it is the Firefly Hotel. It’s a boutique hotel with the luxury of any 5 star hotel you can imagine….but the thing that sets it apart is the warmth and attention to detail. We have stayed here the last 3 years and we both agree that it’s the best hotel we’ve ever stayed at. I’m afraid my pictures won’t do it justice so I urge you to check out their site and see for yourself the beauty, chicness and elegance of this hotel.


Well, that’s it for our time here…we will leave to head back to Zurich later today. As usual, we loved our time here in Zermatt. I hope you’ll get a chance to experience this village one day. If you’re ever in Switzerland, I can tell you that this is something that you should see if you can. The nature, the warmth of the people, the variety of activities…it’s all here, in this tiny city at the foot of the massive Matterhorn. Thanks for coming along and I’ll see you in the next town…




  1. July 2, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Thank you, Lisa…it really is a beautiful little village/city!! :)

  2. July 2, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Stunning photos!! So glad you are sharing your journey!

  3. July 2, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Hi Aisha! thank you…I shot them as I walked around the town and since I am not a professional photographer…I am always happy when the pictures come out looking good :)

  4. July 2, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Hi Henry, so happy to hear that this post brought you good memories. I imagine the things that have changed with Zermatt are probably the hotels and some restaurant additions but overall…I think they try very hard to maintain their special feeling and uniqueness that has always been there. :)

  5. July 2, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Thank you Kim!! :) Zermatt makes it very easy to take good pictures…the beauty is everywhere ;)

  6. kim bim
    July 2, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    awesome pictures.

  7. Henry Lackos
    July 2, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    I haven’t been to Zermatt in many years but I feel like it still is the same town from before. I agree that it has a very laidback feel. I used to spend every winter there. Thanks for sharing this post. It brought back some great memories!

  8. Aisha Dejwalah
    July 2, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Wonderful pictures!

  9. July 20, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    I love all of these pictures, it looks like a beautiful place! We have lived in Northern Italy and in Germany over the past few hockey seasons and the landscape/structures look awfully similar. Absolutely gorgeous!

    P.S. Loved the outfit you just posted, with the Tory Burch flats ;)