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Zermatt in May- what can we expect in terms of "off season"

Zermatt in May- what can we expect in terms of "off season"

Feb 2nd, 2015, 08:09 PM
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Zermatt in May- what can we expect in terms of "off season"

My BF and I will be in northern Italy in mid May and we wanted to spend a couple nights in Zermatt. We wanted to ski a little (I know it is very limited), explore the town, any hiking/gondola rides, etc. I know this is the off season and I've been reading that many restaurants shops and hotels will be closed (one source said more than half). We already did hotel research and we'd stay at Unique Hotel Post, so that's sorted. But how dead is dead? Would we just not get the feel for Zermatt at all? Will the streets be totally quiet? Favorite bars shut down? I wanted to see the igloo bar but I think that will be shut. Should we just wait until we can get there during a better time? Any thoughts or experiences are appreciated. Thanks!
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Feb 2nd, 2015, 08:57 PM
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I often visit Switzerland in the off season. Too me, Most hotels and restaurants being closed means 'pleasantly quiet'.

You'd have to visit Zermatt in the height of the season to fully appreciate how nice off season really is.

As long as the attractions you want to visit are open and operating, I'd not give it a second thought.
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Feb 2nd, 2015, 09:18 PM
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Hi CJ4079,

I've visited Zermatt twice during its season, once for a week to ski and once for a day.

I have to say that I didn't enjoy it at all; it was too crowded for my enjoyment. So, I agree with Melnq8 -- you should enjoy its quiet and peace. So long as you've found a hotel you like that is open, you'll be fine.

Have fun as you plan!

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Feb 3rd, 2015, 05:46 AM
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Thank you both! In terms of restaurants and bars, will we have any trouble finding places to eat? Or will there still be a good amount open? Any reccs? Thanks!
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Feb 3rd, 2015, 08:10 AM
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Even if three quarters of all 216 restaurants in and around Zermatt would be closed, there would still remain more than 50 open. http://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Restaurants-bars-clubs

The cableways to Sunnegga - Blauherd - Unterrothorn will be closed in May; Gornergrat and Matterhorn Paradise (up to Trockener Steg/Gandegg/Furggrat) are running in May.
Trails above about 2000 metres will be snow covered or may have disppeared under the snow.
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Feb 3rd, 2015, 02:16 PM
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You won't go hungry CJ, plenty will still be open. Lots of people live in Zermatt and they need to eat!

Here's my personal favorite, open seven days a week:

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