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Day trip to Zermatt

I've been living in Switzerland for the last 5 years and I've never been to the mountains. I'm leaving for good in a month and everyone's been telling me I should go at least once.

So I'm thinking about going on a day trip to Zermatt (from Lausanne) this weekend.

I've never been up in the mountains in my life. I guess I should dress up in real winter clothes even though it's not very cold in Lausanne right now?

What are the things to see / do in Zermatt? I don't do winter sports and I don't like cold and snow. So no skiing snowboarding etc..
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Re: Day trip to Zermatt

Zermatt is a beautiful place, there is lots to do if you aren't interested in ski/snowboarding - plus my friend went last month and there wasn't enough snow to ski etc. There's a museum about the Matterhorn, there are plenty on nice hikes to do, lots of shops/bars, really friendly people. I went about 5 years ago and must go visit again soon. Have a good trip!
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Re: Day trip to Zermatt

i'm planning to go there this Sunday but is everything closed on Sundays? should I prefer saturday?
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Hiya ! Been to Zermatt a month ago for the weekend and it was great. You can't go in Zermatt with your car only electrics one are allowed. So you to park in Matterhorn terminal and catch the train to Zermatt. The centre is quite compact and there are lots of shops, bars and restaurant. I was on slopes most of the weekend so can't tell you more ..... Sorry.
Hope you have fun there
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i'm planning to go there this Sunday but is everything closed on Sundays? should I prefer saturday?
Being a tourist venue, almost everything will be open on the Sunday as well.
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Re: Day trip to Zermatt

I think you can hop on a direct train from Lausanne to Visp, then change trains to get to Zermatt. The village itself is OK, but you should really hop on the Gornergratbahn and up to the ski area to get some breathtaking views. Put aside your dislike of the snow and the cold for a couple of hours.
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Being a tourist venue, almost everything will be open on the Sunday as well.
I can confirm that, was there last weekend and most shops and all restaurants were open on Sunday.
The view of the Matterhorn from the city is just beautiful, even if you decide not to do any winter sports. Or you can take a cable car up klein matterhorn and walk around inside a glacier- was pretty cool.
A must is to try the apple struedel with vanilla sauce or ice cream. so deliscious! I would highly reccomend a trip before you leave Switzerland. I don't think you will be disapointed!
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Re: Day trip to Zermatt

Was there last weekend over one night. Forget it, horrible place:

kidding. It's paradise!

What are you interests? We went snowshoe hiking on Saturday which was a great fun. Find out about nice trails here. We started with the Challenge Trail and then continued with the Panorama Trail. Both quite easy actually and about 2 and half hour total. Of course you can also ski/snowboard as well.
On Sunday we went to the Glacier palace, and trust you me, that is so worth it!

Just remember that you'll be in 3700m high, move slowly! I nearly passed out...
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i'm planning to go there this Sunday but is everything closed on Sundays? should I prefer saturday?
No worries, Zermatt is as touristic place as they get. Everything is open.

Oh, and check this out: 1 day in Zermatt / FAQ

Have FUN!
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Just remember that you'll be in 3700m high, move slowly! I nearly passed out...
Amen to that, don't go up to Klein Matterhorn if you are suffering from a severe hangover.

Great pics Begga!
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Re: Day trip to Zermatt

great pictures and recommendations! thanks everyone!

one more question, is there a website to check the fog? i don2t want to go there on a foggy day and see nothing.
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is there a website to check the fog?
Are you confusing Zermatt with Neuchâtel ?
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Are you confusing Zermatt with Neuchâtel ?
i'm super ignorant on nature related stuff (a bit embarrassed now ) so no fog up there?
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Re: Day trip to Zermatt

We took friends from Virginia and we saw... nothing, due to fog.
At least in Neuchatel, you can just drive up a bit and be in brilliant, sunny, blue skies winter wonderland.
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Re: Day trip to Zermatt

I was only joking of course... but the forecast for Zermatt looks good for this weekend, you should be OK.

Definitely go up to the Gornergrat... the view of the Monte Rosa, the glaciers coming down from it and the Matterhorn is fantastic. Worth every penny of the train fare.
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great pictures and recommendations! thanks everyone!

one more question, is there a website to check the fog? i don2t want to go there on a foggy day and see nothing.
Get there as early as you possibly can. The mornings are usually better. Even if it does turn cloudy it is still worth the trip.
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Re: Day trip to Zermatt

Zermatt is great place. A day-trip may be to short, I recommend you go at least for a week-end.
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Zermatt is great place. A day-trip may be to short, I recommend you go at least for a week-end.
But if you can't afford the time (or hotel/hostel!) then go for a day trip rather than not go at all.

Take an early train, but spread your activities out once you arrive. If you go straight from Zermatt station to the cable car, to the gondola, up to the top of Klein Matterhorn (for the view and/or the glacier cave) expect to get some altitude problems. So ... late breakfast in Zermatt first.
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