May 15, 2022 - 5:30 PM
This is my first post. I beg your pardon if I don't know any better.
I found planning a trip to ride Bernina Express or to see Matterhorn rather difficult, from family hotel booking perspective, especially in the Summer.
Zermatt hotels are expensive and most have unforgiving cancellation policy (require 5 days to a month advance cancellation). Seeing Matterhorn (let alone riding Gornergrat) is at the whim of the weather on the day of travel. While most people seem to trivialize this uncertainy by mentioning a Swiss train pass and checking the webcam in the morning, how do you even plan where to stay ahead of time? We ain't all backpackers. I am not interested to see the in-town cemetary during a vacation when it rains neither when paying $$$$$ when staying overnight.
It seems to me the most valued way to visit Zermatt and see Matterhorn is if you are a skier, and travel during ski season. Then seeing Matterhorn is just icing on the top.
Bernina Express, even worst, if you are not going one-way. This may appeal to some, but I am definitely not interested in an 8+ hours roundtrip on a single day. That means booking a hotel somewhere, like St Moritz, which is expensive and have similar unforgiving advance cancellation policy like at Zermatt. I cannot possibly check every webcams on the route in the morning, to see if the ride would not be impacted by cloud cover. The advanced seat booking does not help in any way neither. I also read people getting baked inside the inadequate air-conditioned first class.
Like Zermatt, I feel Bernina Express is less risky to book during snow season. No worry about bare landscape (dang Global Warning!!!) and no concern about inadequate/broken A/C, while one could experience outdoor hotub at certain hotels.
So, any suggestion on the proper way to book hotels in the summer, without spending hundreds of dollars visiting a local coffee shop or a small scale musuem or keep reading on a book for days due to bad weather?
P.S. I apologize if this site is supposed to promote travel to Swiss Alps instead of posting less-than-positive views