Zermatt is typically associated with the Matterhorn, the signature icon that draws visitors since the 1860s.  The Zermatt village is a gorgeous place free of cars and decorated with traditional chalets and alleys.  Be assured that horse-driven cabs and electric vehicles are available for local transportation.  Skiing is usually active through the early summer until weather gets warmer.  By then, hiking becomes a more popular option.

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Pure Alps ~ Mountain Matterhorn and reflections on the smooth water of Lake Leisee at Sunnegga, Zermatt, Switzerland (Copyright: CHEN MIN CHUN)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – JUNE 24,2010: Unidentified woman and her daughter on trail in mountains nearby Matterhorn peak in Switzerland (JanHetman / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – AUGUST 12: View of Zermatt in Switzerland on August 12, 2014. Zermatt is the car free famous ski resort town in the Swiss Alps at the base of the Matterhorn (Milosz_M / Shutterstock)

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Traditional wooden houses in Zermatt, Switzerland. (city100 / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – FEBRUARY 05, 2016: The Matterhorn seen from Zermatt in winter season. (cornfield / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – FEBRUARY 05, 2016: The Matterhorn seen from Zermatt in winter season. (cornfield / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – FEBRUARY 05, 2016: The Matterhorn seen from Zermatt in winter season. (cornfield / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – MARCH 03, 2009: View to the horse carriage waiting for passengers in front of the Zermatt railway station in Zermatt, Switzerland. (Dmitry Chulov / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – FEBRUARY 05, 2016: Matterhorn Express lift station in Zermatt. (cornfield / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – MARCH 04, 2009: Unidentified tourists enter Gornergratbahn train station in Zermatt. Zermatt is one of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland. (Dmitry Chulov / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – MARCH 03, 2009: Exterior of the electric police car parked at the street in Zermatt, Switzerland. Zermatt is a famous car-free ski resort in Switzerland. (Dmitry Chulov / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – 17 AUGUST 2011: Urban scenery with famous swiss city Zermatt and wooden chalets in European Alps center of alpine sports.  (Emi Cristea / Shutterstock)

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Zermatt, Switzerland – May 24, 2015 – A Gonergratbahn Riffelberg station in the famous touristic place under Matterhorn. (Ugis Riba / Shutterstock)

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Gornergrat Train Station – July 16 2015 at The Matterhorn – Zermatt, Switzerland (Tranakritta saetang / Shutterstock)

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Gornergrat Train Station – July 16 2015 at The Matterhorn – Zermatt, Switzerland (Tranakritta saetang / Shutterstock)

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Switzerland, Zermatt – May 27, 2015, Glacier Express – the worlds slowest express train. (Ugis Riba / Shutterstock)

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SWITZERLAND – JUN 28: Interior of Glacier Express train on June 28, 2011 in Switzerland. This train travels from Zermatt to Davos or St. Moritz. and being the slowest express train in the world. (Narongsak Nagadhana / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND- SEPT 1, 2013: Cable car to Matterhorn mountain on Sept 1, 2013 in Zermatt , Switzerland. It is one of the most popular mountain resorts in Switzerland. (mary416 / Shutterstock)

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Zermatt, Switzerland – January 25, 2016: Cable car to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at Zermatt, Switzerland (GlennV / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT – JUN 27: Gornergrat Observatory with Mt.Matterhorn as background on Jun 27, 2011 in Zermatt, Switzerland. It can be reached by Gornergrat rack railway, the highest open-air railway in Europe. (Narongsak Nagadhana / Shutterstock)

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MATTERHORN, SWITZERLAND – DECEMBER 12: Tourist taking view of Matterhorn in winter at outside restaurant on December 12, 2015 at Gornergatt in Zermatt, Switzerland. The most beautiful Swiss Alps. (GypsyGraphy / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – MARCH 04, 2009: Exterior of the Matterhorn museum entrance in Zermatt, Switzerland.(Dmitry Chulov / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – MARCH 04, 2009: Unidentified people walk by the street of Zermatt, Switzerland. Zermatt is one of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland. (Dmitry Chulov / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – AUGUST 14: Swiss musicians play in Zermatt streets on August 14, 2011 during the 2011 Folklore Summer Festival where more than 50 groups and 1200 Swiss dancers took part. (VICTOR TORRES / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – AUGUST 14: Swiss musicians play in Zermatt streets on August 14, 2011 during the 2011 Folklore Summer Festival where more than 50 groups and 1200 Swiss dancers took part. (VICTOR TORRES / Shutterstock)

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CIRCA AUGUST 2009 – ZERMATT: the Matterhorn mountain, Kanton Wallis, Zermatt, Switzerland. (360b / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND – FEBRUARY 05, 2016: The Matterhorn seen from Zermatt in winter season. (cornfield / Shutterstock)

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A man and woman ski trekking above Zermatt in Switzerland.  (Copyright: cornfield)

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Zermatt/Switzerland-Dec22 : Abandoned house in Zermatt village on Dec22,2015 in Zermatt/Switzerland (PiakPPP / Shutterstock)

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Saas Fee, Switzerland – Dec 24 : the resort Saas Fee pictured on December 24th, 2014, in Saas Fee, Switzerland. One of the most popular ski resort of Switzerland, it is now celebrating its 30 years. (Cedric Weber / Shutterstock)

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ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND-JUN 28: Dawn at Mt.Matterhorn seen from street of Zermatt on Jun 28, 2011 in Zermatt, Switzerland. Matterhorn is 4,478 m. high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps (Narongsak Nagadhana / Shutterstock)

 

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Zermatt, the Eternal Alpine Snow, and a Peek at Switzerland
By Joy Cagil

Mont Blanc stands proud as the highest Alp. Yet one of the most photographically reproduced is Matterhorn with the village of Zermatt at its feet.

When I first saw Matterhorn from the ground up, I felt as if I was looking at a solidified ardent flame. A native who saw me look at it with awe said: “You can climb it,” as if it were nothing. I laughed…not at him but at me. I wouldn’t dare think of trying that.

In Zermatt, as well as other places, locals show off their skill by the number of times they have climbed the Matterhorn; although, many fall numerous times. A local had climbed it more than 300 times. His wife shrugged: “Useless to say how many times,” she said. “The mountain is going nowhere. It stays there and only the workless (also meaning worthless) do the climbing.”

There are no cars in Zermatt. Transportation is possible by using the cog train and horse-drawn sleighs. Sitting in a horse drawn sleigh with a lap robe, which is a folded small blanket, with an eternal snow around is one of the most romantic things.

Zermatt has narrow streets, hotels and inns with a relaxed air of history, sports shops, boutiques, jewelry stores and rows and cases of world’s finest watches. One wonderful thing in Zermatt is the food. No matter how big, small, cheap, or expensive the cafe or restaurant we stopped in, the place was spotless. Everything was spic and span clean with flowers at each table. The food was of very high quality and some Swiss wines were at least at par with that of the French. Most lunchtime fare among the natives consisted of soup, salad, sausages and potatoes and of course “Bier” in long thick mugs topped with thick foam.

Unlike the other little towns I knew from earlier visits, Zermatt has a large tourist population year-round, with a good number of young people. You have to be young and agile like a mountain goat to dare climb anything.

People in Switzerland are not only mountain climbers. They also enjoy Alpine Festivals, William Tell plays, yodeling, Swiss wrestling, beer sausages, but they conduct direct democracy with 25 sovereign states and enjoy great diversity from village to village. In some places in Switzerland the language is French as there are places where the language is German. In one Canton around the Italian Alps they speak Italian, too. Not to worry though, most of the Swiss know several languages and quite a few of them are fluent in English.

The winter in Switzerland is a fairy tale, especially at nights. The falling snow flakes blur any other light while they accumulate everywhere, even on steep roofs. Everything is softer, magical, and gentle.

Like the snow blanketing mountains, rocks, boulders, ridges, and crags, maybe people too need to deal and work with hard things, sharp things, puzzling things, to soften the edginess inside themselves, especially when a mountain’s magnetic draw pulls them deeper and deeper, and forces them to create something, anything for a feeling of elation and a pride of accomplishment.

That is why the Swiss women must have created such fine laces and embroidered clothing while their mates took to clock making in Switzerland as they counted time while snowed under. Somebody had to count something in the whitened solitude of the Alpine nights.

Joy Cagil is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Love Poetry.Her education is in foreign languages and linguistics. She has trained in psychology, humanities, mental health, women’s issues, and visual arts. She has also traveled to various places in and out of the country. Her portfolio can be found at http://www.Writing.Com/authors/joycag

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