Schnee Eule or Snow Owl, is located in the fairy tale village of Grächen. This vacation retreat is located in the Matterhorn Valley on the way to Zermatt. Grächen, known for plenty of sunshine, with ideal conditions for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, winter hiking trails, and hiking and mountain biking in the summer. Two ski lifts are within walking distance. A sport center with tennis and mini-golf is nearby. Grächen has excellent restaurants serving local specialties and fine Valais wines. Some restaurants have music in the evenings and weekends. You can hike to see a real glacier in less than two hours. The town center has an extensive event calendar with many activities like making cheese or arts and crafts.
Grächen (St. Niklaas) is a quaint, fairy-tale village nestled on a plateau high above the train stop town of St. Niklaus in the valley below. Trains from all over Switzerland will get you to this scenic train stop. If you continue with the train up the valley, you end in Zermatt and the Matterhorn.
This charming chalet is nestled in the Matterhorn valley with breathtaking mountain views of the Weisshorn, the Berner Alps and from certain locations the Matterhorn as well. The chalet offers a south-facing terrace and garden area that is warm and sunny with beautiful mountain valley views. The charming little village is great for families or for a romantic get-away. The chalet is a 5-minute walk of the village center, where a variety of shops, bakeries, incredible restaurants, hotels, and grocers are available. Grächen has excellent public transit and a renting a car is not needed. The village is extremely child friendly with many playgrounds and fun things to do.
Grächen is ideal for snow skiing and snowboarding in the winter. This car-free ski village offers slopes that are within walking distance of the chalet. The world-class ski slopes in Zermatt are about a 30 minute drive or by car or with the train. In Zermatt, you can even ski into Italy! Daily bus and train services are available to and from Zermatt and Grächen. Ski schools are very friendly and easy to find.
In the summer, Grächen offers some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world, all clearly marked with the classic Swiss signs showing the direction and distance to your next destination.
Forested trails are located throughout the hilly landscape with many glacier fed water streams to follow. There is a fishing lake above the chalet where you can dine at a cafe shop right on the water and fish for trout. For high alpine trails, there are rugged rocky trails that will challenge you and provide a range of opportunities for all interests. Behind the train station in St. Niklaus, a small tram takes you up to the other side of the valley for additional hiking opportunities. The tram is not for the faint-of-heart as it is small and exciting as it goes straight up the mountain as shown in one of the on-line pictures.
The chalet sleeps four people, with two bedrooms and a couch opens up into a bed for extra sleeping accommodations if required. The chalet offers a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. The views from the kitchen are spectacular as shown in one of the on-line pictures. It is ideal for families, children or a romantic getaway.
Why the Owner Chose Grächen:
I used to visit this small mountain village as a child with my family every winter and summer. We spent so many happy times in the beautiful place. We would visit Zermatt, and hike all day. This place is very special to me and to my family, and that is why we bought the house.
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I was born and raised in Switzerland and have been to Grachen many, many times as a child and as an adult. I received a business degree from a school in Olten and loved to learn languages. I lived in Lausanne for 2 years to learn French, I learned Italian and German in school an then decided to visit America to learn English. I was homesick and when I called my mom, she said, 'Don't come home until you learn English.' Then a met a cute guy that likes to sail by the ocean. We got married and I have two college age kids, one boy Marco and a girl named Martina that both speak Swiss-German. Needless to say, my English is perfect after 28 years married and living in near Santa Cruz, California. Thanks for visiting my website and I hope you can rent our storybook house in Grachen, Switzerland. You will not regret it...
My mom and dad took our whole family up to Grachen every winter and summer. We skiied in the winter and hiked the mountains in the summer. My brother bought the upper unit and he asked me if I wanted to buy the lower unit, so we did. This little chalet is all you need to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty and activites. It makes you feel like stepping back in time when life was simpler, people were nicer, and yet it has all the conveniences of modern life. Banks, TV, fine restaurants, music on week-ends, open trails to everywhere. You feel at peace here, and the Matterhon and Zermatt are nearby to visit and enjoy! Grachen is such a charming place!
From the Chalet in Grachen you feel like you are on top of the world. The mighty Alps surround the Chalet and most of the high peaks are snow covered year around. The air if pure and fresh and in the surroundings you can still see some cows or sheep grazing in the hills with an occasional encounter with a ram or mountain goat along the trails. A glacier is nearby and can be reached in less than 2 hours. This is the perfect place to relax and rediscover inner peace.