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  • Hiking In Zermatt

    Tiina Kivelä

    Quickly came to tell you a bit of my hiking in Zermatt week ago. For me the weekend was mainly work, but I managed to squeeze in few evening runs/walks and one big Sunday hike in the moody gloomy weather (the days working where nice though).

    There’s so much more in Zermatt than this and so many more good trails and especially elevations for even more awesome hikes, and for the biking as well. In other words, these aren’t anything suuuper amazing in the Zermatt scale (which reaches kinda high btw). But still, I would especially suggest checking the village of Z’mutt and the Schönbielhütte. Those were nice even in the bad weather of Sunday, when I did about 24km hike to the Schönbielhütte and back through the Z’mutt, and I can imagine how awesome they are when the big mountains and glaciers aren’t hiding behind clouds.

    For a combination tour of the same kind or the kind of a shorter evening run/hike I did (about 5km), I would suggest going up to the restaurant Edelweiss (maybe good for food and drinks too, I didn’t try so can’t say sure though) from the church and making a loop which again on a good weather would give a nice view to the Matterhorn. And on the Gornergrat side of the village, I just did a little evening walk on (apparently) amazing trails for biking too, which for once gave a nice view to the Matterhorn. In there, you might also give a try in the restaurants bit more higher  – to which you might also take the train – for me it was too late for a meal and walking further on before dark, so turned back and had about 7,5km hike.

    You may see all the loops I did in the map in here, two of them with the starting point by the Zermatt Kirche (in where you can fill your bottles easily with fresh water too) and the one on the right on the Gornergrat side starts and ends in the map at the Zermatt Youth Hostel.

    Oh, and say hi to the sheep and goats if you see them – Zermatt has a very special kind of creatures in addition to the special trails.

    Zermatt Sheep

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Zermatt 

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  • Biking In Zermatt

    Tiina Kivelä

    Biking (MTB) in Zermatt. Such wow.

    Although I still haven’t done any biking in Zermatt, I do think it’s a good idea of tell you about it. Because even though I didn’t have my bike with me last weekend in Zermatt, I did see many super happy looking bikers and awesome trails for biking (and many awesome bikes – the fever is high). And I simply came came to the conclusion that Zermatt truly lives to its reputation when it comes to MTB. The scenery and wild landscape – hello Matterhorn – makes a good base, on which more than ok infra, planning and car free village make it eventually a kind of a bikers paradise. Even for my kind of wannabe/beginner (not long though!).

    What’s really interesting in Zermatt is that almost all the roads and trails are open for both bikers and hikers. And on top of that, the village is car free, which makes it a good break for the daily urban bike commuters fighters too.

    In Zermatt, there are flowtrails and other paths only for biking and trails prohibited from bikers, but generally the rule goes that mtb riders are allowed to ride on all roads, unless a prohibition sign forbids it. Though this means – of course – that the highest level of consideration and peaceful playing is required on the paths in and around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa (=nearby villages).  Haters will hate but also, I only met considerate and friendly bikers on the paths and as a kind of multisport hustler myself I think we all fit on the same trails more than fine and destinations and trails can serve various modes of use at the same time.

    So go. It’s also the best season now. But please, really, be nice, make space and keep an eye for others. Both for people and animals.

    Biking in Zermatt – How And Where Exactly

    As I didn’t have the bike I don’t have many detailed tips for biking in Zermatt yet, sorry. But I saw and confirmed with the help of the ones who know better that the Gornergrat side and trails around Schwarzee / Schönbielhütte direction are more than nice. And if taking the Matterhorn direction from Zermatt village center, you can even have lunch or beer in the adorable (more than fine for badass bikers too) village of Zmutt on your way back.

    More information of biking in and around Zermatt in i.e. Supertrail guide in here – and hopefully by me once I get back there with a bike.  Oh and the weather this weekend, when I was free, was kind moody. Therefore, a bit grainy and moody pics. But you should get the point, I hope.

    Ps. (Guidelines for mountain biking in and around Zermatt, pdf)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Zermatt

    How: Take the train to Zermatt (bike comes well along with the SBB bike day pass). Book your sleep in any of the hotels, cabins, huts or maybe try the same hostel where I stayed (Zermatt Youth Hostel) in Zermatt.

    Then, get a day or two’s pass for the lifts and trains in the area, and just enjoy. 

    When: Autumn.

     

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  • Where Did Summer Go?

    Tiina Kivelä

    It was right here. Summer I mean. With the very hot and dry days, quiet cities and busy hiking routes. Where did it go? Now it’s all rain and gloomy – September came with extremely September style. Which after this record warm and dry summer is not really a bad thing.

    (Can I have more coffee, please? Yes, you can leave the whole can in the table, thank you…)

    While the changing seasons, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind with life the past weeks. I’ve been to Lapland, then back to Switzerland, enjoyed these views and done a bit of this and that.

    No big adventures or bigger than life thoughts to write down, but I hope you appreciate that I came to say hi, I’m alive. I do have some great plans though, and there should be some good content here soon again. From mountains even. I promise.

    And before that, a few snapshots from August. And Bob.

    (Go to Museum für Gestaltung, Austellungstrasse 60 Zürich, if design, especially Swiss one, is of interest. You’l find Bob and this nice view – and yes, I have a thing with big museum windows.)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where:

    Horn am Bodensee

    Museum für Gestaltung, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, Zürich

    Landesmuseum, Museumstrasse 2, Zürich