Looking to save, I don't know, a few thousand bucks, I book an AirBnb "just" outside of Zermatt. Yes, technically it is less than 2 miles away, but unfortunately, I didn't take into account the mountains. I literally had to carry my gear after a long train ride up an incredibly steep trail.
But honestly I don't mind. It is so quiet and peaceful up there, a kind of upscale of upscale hostel where I have a private room for $90 a night or so.
The nature surrounding is magnificent. While not quite as astounding as Barriloche Argentina, with her huge bodies of water, if you enjoy nature, this is an absolutely exquisite place to be. I am only here for two days due to my pricey Swiss Rail Pass expiring and wanting to get to Italy, but in retrospect, I wish I had stayed longer.
Below you find some photos and videos of this amazing area of the world.
Video: Why you Absolutely MUST Visit Zermatt, Switzerland
|there are a few very small (less than 100 residents) in the mountains around Zermatt|
|the trail with wildflowers around the 5 Lakes|
Video: hiking the 5 Lakes trail around the Matterhorn
|the rugged mountains- would look better in snow I am sure|
|the Swiss Alps|
|sitting by the lake on a warm Swiss afternoon|
|the blue lake (of the 5 lakes)|
Video: the Matterhorn from different angle
|a beautiful blue flower in the summer|
|an alpine stream running down the mountain|
|the glacier around Zermatt|
|a stream leads down the forested mountain to Zermatt|
|hard to be mad here, it is so beautiful|
|it's a sight to behold|
|a fast moving stream rushes down the mountain slope|
|many colorful alpine flowers lined the Alps in summer|
|rugged summer scenery|
|lots of these mountain streams. Feel free to refill your water bottle|
|on the trail to Hotel Trift- another hour + away from desolate lodgings|
|Hotel Trift- 2+ hours steep hike from Zermatt, the quietest place you'll ever stay|
|the Swiss flag up by Trift where I say my goodbyes to Switzerland|