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budget accomodations in Zermatt walking distance to Matterhorn

budget accomodations in Zermatt walking distance to Matterhorn

Feb 10th, 2014, 09:55 AM
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budget accomodations in Zermatt walking distance to Matterhorn

My 22 year old son and I will be visiting Zermatt for just one night in mid June. Any suggestions where to stay on a budget?
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Feb 10th, 2014, 10:28 AM
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What do you mean with "walking distance to Matterhorn"?
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Feb 10th, 2014, 10:39 AM
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Since you didn't say what your budget was, I will suggest the Hotel Daniela, which we stayed at in Zermatt. We had a view of t he Matterhorn from our room, though only briefly as it was under the clouds most of the time, as it often is. You can take the Gornergrat railway to the Gornergrat for a view of the Matterhorn, if it isn't hidden by clouds. I'm not sure what you mean by "walking distance to the Matterhorn." unless you are an expert climber, I don't think you can get anywhere near the Matterhorn. While in Zermatt, be sure to visit the climbers' cemetery to see the graves of those who have died attempting to ascend the Matterhorn.

Zermatt is a lovely ski village that was fun to just walk around. be sure to visit the old part of town. we hope to return some day to spend some time there.

Zermatt is pretty out of the way in terms of the time it takes to get there and back to wherever you are going next. if you Re going primarily to Se the Matterhorn, be advised that it. Is often not visible.
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Feb 10th, 2014, 02:53 PM
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Here is the link for the Hotel Daniela.
I picked a night in June and the cheapest double was 133 CHF/night. We booked a double with a view of the Matterhorn and were upgraded to a wonderful two story family room when we arrived.The breakfast was excellent, and we purchased a fixed price 4 course dinner at the sister hotel, Hotel Julen, which was very nice but not especially great. The staff was very nice and picked us up from the train station on arrival and delivered us back on departure.

I didn't mean for my post to sound discouraging. While planning our trip to Switzerland, posters warned us about Zermatt being out of the way (we came from Montreux by train and caught the Glacier Express out) and suggested not investing our time there if the primary goal was to see the Matterhorn since it is often not visible due to clouds. But my husband had his heart set on it so we went, and even though we had only a quick glimpse of the Matterhorn and the weather was intermittently rainy and snowing (in late September), we loved the town and are glad we went.

Here some other links with information about Zermatt.

Switzerland is a wonderful place to visit and I hope you enjoy your time there with your son.
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Feb 10th, 2014, 03:16 PM
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LONG years ago we stayed at the hotel Bahnhof, and I have the iconic (for this family) picture of our 3 children looking out of the 2nd story window. I love it to this day. it is across the street from the train station (duh!), a post and timber building maybe a little more like a hostel. it is a walk up the street to the main part of Zermatt. Budget all the way.
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Feb 10th, 2014, 03:30 PM
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Assume you mean walking distance to a view of the Matterhorn - not that you are planning in climbing it. (If you are I think you're on the wrong site.)
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Feb 10th, 2014, 04:47 PM
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Can't help you with accommodation as I didn't spend the night but wanted to encourage you to go if it's something you really want to see. http://www.pbase.com/annforcier/image/151988525

It's true that it's often behind clouds. I spent six days based in Lausanne (doing day trips) watching the weather each day and on the last day the forecast was promising so I went. I took the train up to Gornergrat and hiked partway back down (you can get on or off the train at several points so you can walk as far as you want - the view in the photo was from just below the second stop from the top). I have to say it was an unbelievably incredible experience.

It was sunny when I got there but by about 2-3 pm it was clouding up. If you really want to have the best chance of seeing it I suggest you base somewhere within day trip distance and choose to go on a good day. If you are spending only one or two nights and those days are cloudy you are out of luck. I would not base in Lausanne again (boring) but there are plenty of other places within a couple hours train - and the train trip itself is pretty nice.
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