Zermatt is one of the most famous destinations in Switzerland. With the Zermatt Tourist Office claiming that the resort is offers the ‘Best of the Alps’, the resort has a huge amount to live up to, but as soon as you arrive at a holiday apartment in Zermatt, you may well agree. Hiding in the shadows of the imposing peaks of the Matterhorn, lodges in Zermatt are wonderfully picturesque all year round, but it is in winter that the majority of visitors decide to take self catering Zermatt accommodation to tackle the fearsome slopes the resort is famous for.
Skiing from Zermatt accommodation is a real treat. There are three main skiing areas here, all protected from the wind by the huge mountains which surround the village. As the Zermatt tourist office will take great pride in telling you, Zermatt actually has the longest ski season in the whole of the Alps, and the snow conditions are almost always exemplary. A Zermatt lift pass gives you access to over 300km of downhill pistes, from the pleasant, meandering beginner slopes to the formidable black runs. The region is wonderfully accessible, with 74 lifts and cable cars open to anyone holding a Zermatt lift pass. There is also huge scope for off-piste skiing from a holiday apartment in Zermatt, offering outstanding skiing through virgin snow. Heli-skiing with local guides is a simply unbeatable experience, and tourist information is readily available from the Zermatt tourist office.
During the summer months, lodges at Zermatt are still in high demand, mainly from walkers, hikers and climbers. There are over 400km of marked walking and hiking trails around Zermatt accommodation. The thick forests and ice capped peaks make walking from a holiday apartment in Zermatt really special, and the 18 ski lifts which remain open during the summer mean that the mountains are still easily accessible. The iconic peak of the Matterhorn is a huge draw for mountain climbers who flock to Zermatt accommodation to tackle one of the most recognised peaks in the world. There are 80 registered mountain guides in Zermatt, just ask at the Zermatt tourist office for information. If the peaks seem too far one morning, why not try your swing at the Matterhorn Golf Club?
There are a huge number of places to visit from a holiday apartment in Zermatt. Lift passes can take you a long way into the mountains, and the resorts of Crans Montana, and the Saas Fee Valley are both easily accessible and filled with world-class sporting options as well as Alpine villages of such charm that it is hard to leave at the end of the day.
Winter is of course a cold time to be staying in Zermatt accommodation. Monthly temperatures average around 0?C from the end of December until late February, but then spring arrives. With spring, temperatures soar, and by May, you can be relaxing in daily temperatures of around 20?C. During July and August, temperatures can reach almost 30?C in the heat of the day, making walking, climbing or mountain biking an even greater pleasure.
Reaching a holiday apartment in Zermatt from the UK is easy. There are regular flights to Zurich Airport (ZRH) from London, Birmingham (BHX) and Manchester (MAN), provided by Swiss International Airlines. From the airport, there is a train that runs directly from Zurich Airport to Zermatt taking little over an hour.