Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

We had a very brief sojourn in Zermatt (about 30 minutes to be precise) a few years ago as we waited to start our trip across to St Moritz on the Glacier Express. We’d come up from Brig down in the Rhone Valley early in the morning. There was just enough time for a quick stroll up the high street and a tantalising glimpse of the iconic Matterhorn in the distance, before we had to head back to the station.

Although we were staying up in Spiez (see here) in the Bernese Oberland, we worked out we could catch a train up to Zermatt via Visp (the connecting station down in the valley) head up to Zermatt for lunch, do the trip up to see the Matterhorn from the Gornergrat viewing platform in the afternoon and still be back in Spiez by dinner time. The joys of the ultra-efficient Swiss transport system! The weather was forecasting a clear day up in the mountains with heavy rain and fog due to set in the next day, so we decided to make the most of the opportunity.

 

Alps near Zermatt - heading up the Matter Valley

Matter Valley near Zermatt

 

A seamless ride, including changing onto the small branch line at Visp, took us up into the high Alps via the scenic Matter Valley. We passed through several pretty villages with charming names such as St Niklaus, Randa and Taesch, alpine farms and smallholdings with mountain goats and sheep happily basking in the spring sunshine.

 

 

Zermatt is car-free apart from the few electric golf  buggy style vehicles that ferry goods and baggage to the shops and hotels. Cars have to be parked at Taesch (see here for details) and the journey continued by shuttle train or taxi.  Hence it is an easy and relaxing place to wander round.

 

Arriving at Zermatt - Matterhorn in background

Outside Zermatt Station – Matterhorn in background

 

It is, not surprisingly, a tourist paradise with its outstanding location and association with the Matterhorn. In the winter months it is an uber-chic ski destination for the rich and famous and in the summer months hiking opportunities abound. We were glad to be visiting in the comparatively quieter “shoulder” season in May.

 

 

Having pre-purchased our tickets for the Gornergrat Bahn, we had an hour or so to find lunch. Wandering a little way up the street we came across the Hotel Pollux and were drawn to the pretty little terrace. For some reason, despite the pleasantly mild weather, most other patrons were eating indoors so we had plenty of room to spread out and people watch!  When up in the mountains eat as the locals do. We ordered Roesti – the delicious Swiss recipe of finely diced potato pan fried with cheese topping and for good measure eggs on top, all washed down with some local white wine.

 

 

We could have lazily whiled away the afternoon enjoying drinks on the the sun dappled terrace but the trip up the Gornergrat Bahn beckoned. More to follow!

 

Hotel Pollux Terrace Zermatt

Hotel Pollux Terrace Zermatt

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Roesti In Zermatt

  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    Wow, imagine living with that mountain peeking over the roves all the time. Wonderful!

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    1. Anabel Marsh says:

      *Sigh* rooves of course. Or roofs.

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      1. Yes of course! I use “roofs” myself but apparently “rooves” is correct too. “Rooves” is the original version of the plural so both are correct 🙂

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        1. Anabel Marsh says:

          iPad doesn’t like it though! Hence corrected to roves. I was taught rooves (it tried robes that time!) at school and have noticed it changing over the years.

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          1. Yes autocorrect does funny things! Rooves is more logical and I can’t remember now what I was taught at school!! Roofs seems to be the modern version. I would always write hooves though I wonder if hoofs is creeping in?! I was showing your blog to my friend yesterday as we’re planning a trip to Alaska then the Rockies, Lake Louise and Banff next year. The scenery looks spectacularly beautiful! 🙂

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    2. Yes they must have amazing views every day! would be idyllic! 🙂

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  2. Roesti is one of my favourite things Rosemary – it looks delicious here, love the furry seat covers too. Never been to Zermatt but it looks stunning – those snowy peaks make for gorgeous pictures and car free is always a great thing I think. Seems like you picked the best time to visit as well. Another place for the list!!

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    1. Yes I loved the seat covers too Joy – it was such a nice touch and one you see a lot in the Alps 🙂 Zermatt is lovely but would definitely advise going “shoulder” season in spring or autumn if possible. It would get really packed in the skiing season and also in summer. The scenery is amazing and there are many little villages and walking trails that we didn’t have time to explore. Really anywhere in the Alps always appeals to me! 🙂

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  3. restlessjo says:

    The good life! 🙂 🙂 That first view to the snowcapped mountains is sublime, Rosemay. What a wonderful way to spend a day. Has the week been kind to you?

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    1. Yes it certainly is the good life Jo – could get used to it!! Yes that view was taken from the train as we climbed up the valley towards Zermatt. Really it’s worth it just for that stunning journey alone. It was a fantastic day out 🙂 Yes had a good week – busy as Monsieur was away and there always seems to be a long list of things to do! Weather is milder than it has been though we have the rain back today (the garden is looking very green though!). Hope things have settled down for you now and you have a good week too 🙂

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  4. effcaa says:

    Oh, this looks like a very nice place to be. I wonder how it must look like in winter season when everything is all covered in white. 🙂

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    1. It must be like a winter wonderland! There was still a lot of snow on the mountains though it was clear in Zermatt. Have more coming up on the mountains soon! 🙂

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