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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

that's not a bad price considering. Do see ChrisW's post above though - you could save, in theory.....
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Old 15.04.2008, 18:13
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my impression was lots of cheap hotels, a mcdonalds (why??) and funny electric taxis (golf carts maybe?). Went back to the gornergrat ticket office and stumped up the 54chf return fare.


I will try it again in the summer, but hope never to go there when its cold

didnt you notice that it is a car free valley? so these are no electric vehicles are golf carts. i think there are a bit too much buzzing around but its nice and convenient taht there are no cars allowed...
cheap hotels...how come, how did you get this impression? have you checked the fares? much different what most people call "cheap".

what do you expect a 4000m mountain top to be in wintertime?
id say, dress up warm and go there when you like to go skiing.
and beforehand...check the weather report. you cant rely on it much, because weather can change quick there.
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Old 15.04.2008, 18:15
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If you decide to go with a rental maybe the sixti is the economic way to do so

$49 per day when reserved with enough time in advanced.

http://www.sixti.com

But you'd have to pickup the car in Zürich and give it back there too.

When I had my parents visiting I made the whole tour of Switzerland and with a car and It was way cheaper than with train. But alas, I was driving all the time and finished the trip exhausted, but it was worth the work.
how was the km fare? i know that you only have 100km free?
maybe in total it is cheaper to rent a car for regular price at somepoint...compare!
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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

yes just like Zermatt and other car-free towns, many places use Johnny Cabs:

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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

When I was there, the Matterhorn was closed for maintenance...

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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

from the pictures I've seen, I think it looks more picturesque in the summer, thats why. I also am assuming the clientelle change from chavs in day-glo to more understated rambler types.

Not sure why I went now, it was either that or the Böögg burning...

who is going to the next cow fighting ?
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not picturesque? huh?
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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

Okay....so if I want to go this weekend from Zurich, what does everyone recommend?

Saturday AM - > Zurich to Zermatt, spend the day exploring
Sunday AM -> Glacier express to a little and then a train back to Zurich?

I'm not really sure how much time to plan for everything coming from Zurich. Should I just take a train from Zurich to Zermatt and then explore or are there some stops along the way that I should make?

Any advice is appricated...
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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

Yes, it definitely is worth the journey. I have visited summer and Autumn. See some pictures in my photo album under landscapes.

Have a good time.
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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

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totally agree, if you have a car load of people especially ones without the half fare card, I would recommend driving to Tasch. You can take the train from there or do as I did and pay 8 francs a day (I believe) to park and the guy gives you a free lift in the shuttle to Zermatt, he drops you outside of the car free zone.
We are planning our road trip so will already have a car. Just to confirm there is a free shuttle between Tasch and Zermatt and also on return??
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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

I was there last week with my parents. There are various parking options in Täsch of varying expense including a huge covered parking lot at the train station (which I used and cost 14 a day I think). I couldn't say for sure that some of the smaller parking options don't offer a shuttle up to Zermatt but given the place is car free, logic would suggest at best they may drop you quite some way from where you need to be (and presumably you have luggage too). We took the train between Täsch and Zermatt, which costs 8.40 single without a half fare. Your hotel may do a pickup from the train station in Zermatt as well in case you have lots of bags to worry about.

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We are planning our road trip so will already have a car. Just to confirm there is a free shuttle between Tasch and Zermatt and also on return??
Normally not unless you park at one of the private car parks in Tasch that offer the service (which may be included in the cost of parking at said car parks and booked in advance). The usual access from Tasch to Zermatt is by train with a payable fare just as any other train.
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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

The Matterhorn is a definite must see. My wife and I stayed in Zermatt this past winter for some skiing and taking of beautiful pictures. Even upgraded to the "Matterhorn view" room, and let me tell you, I have never woken up to such a beautiful site.

The town of Zermatt is very quaint and makes for a lovely stroll. They also do not include gas powered vehicles (besides service vehicles) so expect to see some funny e-vehicles and horse drawn carriages/sleighs.

Word of wisdom, the e-vehicles are almost silent so make sure you check your surroundings as to not get run over.
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Re: See the Matterhorn [is it worth the journey?]

Shameful plug - if you find Zermatt too expensive, similar experience can be had not so far (for east part of Suisse actually closer) - in Chamonix, France.

It doesn't have that single spikey peak that dominates the valley that we all love (albeit climbing it gives a different perception of this peak). No, it has tons of them, also highest point in western Europe (Mont Blanc), and wide glaciers running down to the valley just next to you. Indeed morning view from the bed on all this beauty is priceless.

You can get very quickly to 3840m high Aiguille du Midi, which is far superior 'high mountain' experience than anything Klein Matterhorn (or Jungfraujoch) can provide. It's also much cheaper, like everything (food, accomodation). Cars are allowed in the valley, which is a blessing and the curse at the same time for obvious reasons.

And you can easily drive to italian side of Mont Blanc via tunnel, and have 2x the mountain experience (this part of alps look so much more hardcore from Italian side!). You can take another cable car up to Punta Helbronner, or take a telecabin from Aiguille du Midi there (and back).
In Zermatt you are at the end of the valley, the only way to reach Cervinia in Italy is via skiing over Theodul pass (and back), not really usable during most of summer.

It is a unique place in this world, premiere site for of-piste skiing (Vallee Blanche!), alpinism and all those crazy activities you can do up there. To me personally, it's even prettier.
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