Prices rise along with popularity. This holds true for popular Swiss resorts as well. Some preparation helps to save a lot of money.
Popular tourist towns such as St. Moritz, Zermatt and Wengen can be very expensive for the following reasons:
- hotels and chalets are expensive;
- the cheap supermarkets are often not available;
- the tourist tax ("Kurtax"), which varies in Switzerland from CHF 1 to CHF 3 p.p.p.d., is high. You have to pay Kurtax on top of the price of your accommodation.
If you do like these towns, you may want to choose a less popular town nearby. Some examples are:
Make sure your resort is located centrally, so that you don’t have to travel large distances every time you want to go out for a day trip. If, however, you use a rail pass, you can limit the costs of travelling.