Zermatt priorities, strike and love!

Zermatt priorities, strike and love!

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Debora
Debora
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Apr 30, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Hello dears! Cheers from Rio de Janeiro!

First of all, congratulations for the kindness, patience and dedication to this website and forums. You are amazing! I've been reading a lot in preparation fot my trip to Switzerland!

We will arrive on May 18th and leave via Air Swiss heading to Nice, France, on the 25th late night.

I have a GEX trip from Chur to Zermatt. Since I was not able to book sits earlier, we leave on the 14:26 train. At the time, we get to Zermatt we will have only time to walk trough the village. We have 2 nights there.

Questions:

-> If we are lucky and the weather is amazing on the first hole day in Zermatt, do you recommend me to go to Gornergrat or Matterhorn? (I have the swiss pass)

-> On the last day in Zermatt, we leave to Lausanne by train arround 4 pm. if we are that lucky and get the weather good again, I believe we should have enough time to go up to the other mountain with no rush, correct?

-> I'm familiar with snow in other places in South America and New Zealand, but I was wondering if during this time of the year I can get away in Zermatt and Titls wearing a tick jeans on the bottom half.

-> Is there any chance Swiss Air is impacted any how by the transportation strikes on France? 😨

Many thanks in advance!

Already in love with you guys and Switzerland!πŸ’Ÿ

Chantal
Chantal
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Apr 30, 2018 - 4:59 PM in reply to Debora

Hi Debora, and welcome to MySwissAlps,

  1. You can't visit the Matterhorn. You can see if from Gornergrat. Have a look at our Zermatt page to find out what else you can do. And yes, when the weather is good, go up.
  2. You will have enough time to do some other activities.
  3. I don't know what tick jeans are (even not after googling), but a pair of jeans will do. Average temperature during the day is 4 degrees Celsius.
  4. SWISS is not impacted by the current transportation strikes.
Debora
Debora
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Apr 30, 2018 - 7:17 PM in reply to Chantal

Hey Chantal! Many thanks! 😘 For question 1 and 2, what I meant was which should be the priority with a good weather on the only entire day we will have at Zermatt: to go up to Gornergrat or to the Klein Matterhorn? (Forgot the Klein word😁). The most amazing of the 2? The other one I would go, if weather and time allows, on the following day, when I leave Zermatt in the afternoon.

😣Another typo, a thicker jeans, I meant, a harder pair of jeans.πŸ˜™

Thank you very much again and sorry for the misunderstood!

Chantal
Chantal
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Apr 30, 2018 - 7:31 PM in reply to Debora

Hi Debora, I would do the Gornergrat. Aha, thicker jeans, well that works.

Enjoy your trip.

cam223
cam223
66 posts
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May 1, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Definitely do the Gornergrat--I've done both and liked the train better.

Debora
Debora
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May 2, 2018 - 1:04 PM in reply to cam223

πŸ‘

madduris2000
madduris2000
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May 2, 2018 - 6:32 PM in reply to Debora

You can do a hike from Riffelalp to Zermatt too while coming back from the mountains around Zermatt

1960man
1960man
377 posts
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May 2, 2018 - 11:34 PM

I would do both if the weather stays good.

I frequently champion the Gornergrat on this forum, but the distant view of other mountains from Klein Matterhorn is superb too. In fact on a good day you can see mountains as far away as those not far from Nice!

I know from skiing visits that you can get up to both quite early if necessary so you should be able to make a trip even if you have to leave at 4pm. In both cases it depends where your accomodation is. If you can tell me the name I can advise the quickest routes up to the montains

Debora
Debora
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May 3, 2018 - 12:41 AM in reply to madduris2000

πŸ‘πŸƒβ„

Debora
Debora
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May 3, 2018 - 12:52 AM in reply to 1960man

Many thanks!

That's my goal, to go up to both!

Hope the weather stays great for that, but with plenty of snow up there!

We will be close to the Matterhorn group restaurant.

☺

1960man
1960man
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May 4, 2018 - 11:52 PM

There was snow at gornergrat on May 18 2017 (it was snowing...)

Your stated location doesn't help as the 'Matterhorn Group' a conglomerate group of establishments all over Zermatt.

Zermatt is divided into several districts - do you know if you are at the north or south end?

If your accomodation is further out of the centre it might not be a quick journey to the MGB station on your departure day

Last modified on May 4, 2018 - 11:54 PM by 1960man
Debora
Debora
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May 5, 2018 - 3:48 AM in reply to 1960man

Hi! We will be close to the Ibex Fountain!

1960man
1960man
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May 6, 2018 - 12:44 AM in reply to Debora

Aha - that I do know! That's the fabulous part of old Zermatt. I stayed a few times in an apartment block in Hinterdorfstrasse, on one occasion the hotel opposite was being demolished to be replaced by what is now the Hotel MatterhornLodge. Hinterdorfstrasse is a cobbled lane with original animal barns still in use (right next to appartments with all mod cons!)

So you will be about 10 minutes walk from the main railway station. A longer 15 - 20 minute walk to the Klein Matterhorn departure point.

Many accomodation providers in Zermatt have their own electric buggy and will transport you and/or your luggage to and from the station. otherwise there is a public electric minibus service.

Debora
Debora
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May 6, 2018 - 6:51 AM in reply to 1960man

That's was what I was counting on! Any other tips (ie restaurants, day spas- why not, whatever swiss interests) are more than welcomed! Many thanks! Counting down!

Debora
Debora
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May 7, 2018 - 12:59 AM in reply to Chantal

Hi Chantal!

I would like some help with an issue I just had when buying the swiss travel pass at the sbb web site. At the end of the transaction, the sbb site said that was no conexion with the credit card payment system, that I should try later but at the same time we got an sms by the credit card saying the purchuse was completed and the charge had been done.

Would you please help me with this, since I sbb did not get back to me yet?

Many thanks in advance.

Arno
Arno
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May 7, 2018 - 5:13 AM in reply to Debora

Hi Debora,

If you want to buy from SBB you better not use their domestic website. Just use that site to search for train schedules, and buy your passes from their tourist webshop at https://www.swissrailw ays.com/en/ or any of the other retailers listed at www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/price. The domestic site is more complicated and payment issues with foreign credit cards are common. Your transaction probably failed but you'd best contact your credit card company to make sure. If it didn't fail you should receive the passes through e-mail within hours.

Last modified on May 17, 2018 - 5:29 PM by Arno
1960man
1960man
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May 9, 2018 - 12:21 AM in reply to Debora

Restaurant Walliserkanne in the main street is very 'Swiss' and not too pretentious

Debora
Debora
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May 15, 2018 - 1:39 PM in reply to 1960man

Thank you very much!

How about Chez Vrony?! Is really worthed?! At this time of the year do I need a reservation? As per what I was reading it is a little complicated to get there. Do you agree it is?

Is there any other bar or restaurant where I could enjoy the same view (attached)?

Many thanks!

Debora
Debora
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May 15, 2018 - 1:44 PM

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cam223
cam223
66 posts
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May 15, 2018 - 2:19 PM

In November we enjoyed Old Zermatt for fondue and racalette. Wonderful dinners at the Omnia, Post Stubli and Puro Cervo. We also grabbed a quick lunch at the Brown Cow in the Post Hotel. There are so many good choices. Although we were disappointed that several places weren't open yet, there were lots of good alternatives even though we had a vegetarian and a pescatarian in our group. Enjoy! the food and wine were excellent.

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