No matter how much I like active holidays, sometimes it is more than nice to just be as comfortable as possible. And indeed that was the case last week in Zermatt, in the home of the fluffy black nosed sheep and long haired blackneck goats (in the pics).
The previous time I went to Zermatt though, I said the next time I come with my bike. Yet again, no bike with me. For the pure joy (and need) to take it as comfortable as possible. A pure wellness holiday by the famous
Surprisingly for late August (the second best time of the year) I managed to secure exceptionally good deal for – in almost exactly the kind of small hotel I would run if I would run a hotel – Matthiol Boutique Hotel. Which sits a bit further away from the bit too crowded cute streets of Zermatt town centre (no worries, transfers are on the house). And has the official swiss bike hotel label.
The deal came with excellent breakfast (though the coffee wasn’t so great but there were many cheese, pancakes and dry prosecco to compensate), good service and the smallest of details gotten right (pure new luxury!).
For me though the best there was their gem of an wellness area and especially the Finnish sauna there. Which I got all to myself on both evenings there (Finns seem to like it hotter than most people, which goes more than fine with me), to take care of the mediation and ultimate self care needed.
And yes, I spent hours in there just eating and sweating in sauna. But, I also did some light hikes and pure tourist activities. (Just so I could eat more and because the weather was already that great early autumn sunny and fresh).
First, I added a hike on the 5 Lakes Hike trail (5 Seenweg Hike) with a little detour to the Gourmetweg (Gourmet Path) for lunch in Chez Vrony by the path. (Got the restaurant tip from passing bikers who asked the right trail to there, which was later proved to serve one of the best (vegan) mountain lunches I have enjoyed. With views to Matterhorn.)
Then the next day, for the real tourist experience (which I rarely do) and for the lack of time, I took the train up to Gornergrat to check out some never before seen with my own eyes glaciers and mountain tops. And after just 20minutes up there– taking pictures and admiring the amazing views to the glaciers, Matterhorn and the majestic mountain tops of the Monte Rosa massif – I simply took the train down and headed home.
It was a brief visit again – too brief considering all the amazing outdoor adventures Zermatt can provide on foot, bike and skis – yet very lovely and enchanting.
Next time though, I really bring my bike.
Where: Zermatt | Matthiol Boutique Hotel | 5 Lakes Hike | Gornergrat
How: Being totally car free village, Zermatt is easiest to reach by train (station Zermatt). Further on, to the Gornergrat top station in 3135m, you may take the Gornergratbahn next to main train station (about 30minutes ride). & the 5 Lakes Hike starting point you reach by taking the funicular to Sunnegga and from there gondola to Blauherd (if you prefer uphills like me, I can also recommend starting the hike from Sunnegga and then taking the gondola down from Blauherd). From Sunnegga, you can also easily reach the Gourmetweg and the restaurants by that trail.
For train and lift tickets, check the day passes (especially if moving on skis or bike), single rides and occasional combine offers, and compare them to eventually find the best deal.