Many people can agree that winter is not their favorite season. The cold winds, hassle of snow, and darker skies can make winter bland and gloomy. But why be miserable all season when you can plan a getaway to somewhere that will make you fall in love with winter? Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has found the perfect destination that will make everyone enjoy the winter weather as if they were a kid again.
Along the border with Italy in the Swiss Alps lies a small town called Zermatt. Zermatt has a population of about 5,800 people with an economy that thrives on tourism. The mountain and ski resort village is a great destination that features an array of activities in a winter wonderland atmosphere.
As a town that is surrounded almost entirely by the Pennine Alps, there are great mountains and trails for skiing. The town itself is located on the southern end of Matter Valley. The alps’ peaks include Monte Rosa, Dom, Liskamm, Weisshorn, and the Matterhorn, the main peak. These peaks reach up to over 15,000 feet high. Skiing down the Matterhorn trails is the most popular of attractions for tourists. Ski lifts, cable cars, and chairlifts are available to get to the top of the mountain to start your skiing adventure. For the more extreme adventurists, Zermatt even has its own snowpark to try out freestyle tricks.
If you are not thrilled about skiing, there are other outdoor activities to participate in that will allow you to still see the beauty of the mountains. Snowshoeing and hiking are very popular. There are different levels of hiking trails from easy to medium so anyone can go. The hiking trails not only offer a fun way to get outdoors, but they also give views of the mountain peaks and historic insight. Snowshoeing trails are offered on different levels too. When you choose to snowshoe on Gornergrat, you will be able to take in the best view in town, the Matterhorn.
The view alone is not always enough. Make sure to visit the Matterhorn Museum to learn about the history behind the mountain and the development of Zermatt itself. The town was developed in the 19thcentury as a farming village. The museum takes you through what old houses looked like and climbing equipment from the first ascent of the mountain.
Zermatt has an Old Village section that is great for visitors to walk through. There are barns, stores, stables, and houses in the village. When you’re strolling these narrow streets, you will truly feel like you have been taken back in time. Making this back-in-time “feel” come to life even more, Zermatt is also known for not having any cars in the town. Although they do have electric buses and taxis, they do not allow cars due to pollution they may bring. Zermatt keeps their air free of pollution in order to make sure their sights of the peaks don’t disappear or become clouded.
Zermatt is one of Rubinsohn Travel’s (215) 886-5200 favorite destinations. This wintery paradise is one to visit! Call us now to book your vacation here.