Zermatt holidays put you snugly in the heart of alpine country, with everything from chocolate shopping to mountain skiing to fill your days.

Snowy serenity

With views that scream 'wish you were here' and some of southern Switzerland's most famous peaks on its doorstep, Zermatt has options for both mountain adventures and fireside relaxation. Carve up the ice with a game of hockey at the leisure arena, hike the trails of the Matterhorn and end the day shimmying at local nightlife joints.

Magnificent Matterhorn

There's no ignoring the Matterhorn – the titanic peak that guards over the picturesque streets. Set off up the gondola and you'll arrive at the highest cable car station in Europe. With views of three countries - Italy, France and Switzerland, make sure your camera is handy. Take a high altitude stroll or stop in at the restaurant for a pit stop before heading down the valley.

Cultural winter wonderland

It's not all winter sports and spiced wine here. Delve in to a subterranean village at the Matterhorn Museum, or light a candle 3,000 metres up at the historic Bernhard von Aosta chapel. The town also offers locally sourced shopping and a couple of children's playgrounds.

Out and about

Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Zermatt:

• Cycle routes
• Guided glacier walks
• Tennis courts
• Museum
• Paragliding

At a Glance

  • Marvel at the Matterhorn mountain
  • Admire crystalline waters and rugged rock faces at Gorner Gorge
  • Follow the 5-Seenweg or 5 Lakes Walk and see the Matterhorn reflected in the water

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