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  • Comfortable Getaway In Zermatt

    Goats Zermatt

    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 chocolate Matterhorn.

    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.

    Zermatt Matterhorn Village

    Matthiol Boutique Hotel Breakfast Zermatt

    Matthiol Wellness Zermatt

    Matthiol Boutique Hotel Restaurant

     

    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.)

    Chez Vrony Zermatt 2019

    Chez Vrony

    Gourmetweg

     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.

    MTB Zermatt

     

    Zermatt Trails

    Gornergratbahn Zermatt

    Five Lakes Hike Zermatt Matterhorn

    Zermatt Matterhorn Switzerland


    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.

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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.