Zermatt and Grindelwald, Switzerland
I just came back from a wonderful vacation in Zermatt and Grindelwald in the Swiss Alps (Switzerland). This was definitely on my bucketlist, I had been to Zurich but never to the Swiss alps, and it is completely worth it. The two towns or villages are amazing, breathtaking, since it was February, the weather was cold, full of snow, but in my opinion if you want to go there its better in the winter time so it couldn’t be more perfect.
First I went to Zermatt, (by car from Frankfurt, it took like 6 hours driving), and stayed in a lovely and cozy hotel called Romantik Julen Superior, it is very well located, a few steps from the center of the town, all rooms have balconies, so you get wonderful views, delicious breakfast and free mini bar. The first day I walked to see the town, and of course, every day I had fondue, food in Switzerland is my favorite food in the world, cheese fondue, meat fondue, accompanied with different sauces, bread, and sometimes chips. If you want to try a real fondue experience, I suggest having dinner in the hotel I stayed, they give you unlimited meat, and it was great.
The next day in Zermatt, I took a cable car, went up to see the Matterhorn Mountain, absolutely outstanding, If you go higher the cable car will take you to the Glacier, it is out of this world, there is a restaurant there, with splendid views, of course I had lunch there and didn’t want to leave, because I was amazed with the views.
Then I drove to Grindelwald, (two hour drive from Zermatt), of course had fondue dinners every day, went to a nice and cozy restaurant called Barrys totally recommended. In Grindelwald I stayed in a lovely hotel, called Alpenhof, with very nice views of the town.
I took a cable car and went to “First” (Top of Adventure) , there is a restaurant where you can have wonderful views, it has a lookout, you can take really nice pictures (Cover photos for sure for your social media ;). The next day, I took a train, to “Klein Scheidegg” station, and then another train to the highest mountains of Europe as they say, there you can also find a restaurant with top views, and a crystal palace, definitely recommended.
It was Valentine´s day and I had the most romantic candle light dinner with a special menu with different courses at a hotel called Kreuz and Post (definitely a must). I also hired private skiing lessons, but believe me it is not that easy, you have to carry the equipment everywhere (it is heavy) and skiing in my opinion is not so easy as it seems, but I surely enjoyed it. I should practice more.
You can also rent a sled and have a lot of fun.
The Swiss currency is Swiss Francs (not Euros).
Switzerland is extremely expensive, I was really shocked, it is by far the most expensive country I have even been too (for now).
Fondue is a must.
They speak German.
Switzerland is part of the neutral countries.
The best hotel to stay in Zermatt is called The Omnia ( but be prepared because it is reallyyyyy expensive).
There are many other beautiful towns, (if you have the chance check the rest of them).
“Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture” Ernest Hemingway