This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Zermatt. To help you make friends with Zermatt before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Located in the southern, German-speaking canton (state) of Valais is the picturesque town of Zermatt, Switzerland. Though the town itself only has a population of about six thousand, it can receive up to three times as many tourists at any given time. Zermatt is unashamedly a tourist destination, with plenty of all the usual tourist traps abound, but do not let that deter you from visiting this magical spot. It's touristy for a reason.
Towering nearly five thousand meters above sea level is Mount Matterhorn. The legendary mountain dominates the tiny town of Zermatt; thrill seekers and novices alike flock here in herds to experience some of Europe's finest snow fields and lodgings. Depending on what you are looking for, there are two seasons in which it is ideal to visit Zermatt. May until October is mild, ski lifts are open, and hiking treks are still accessible. December through April is prefect for hard-core thrill seekers, as the temperature is below zero and the snow is plentiful.
Spending time in Zermatt can be difficult on a budget, but if you exercise some diligence you can make it happen. Supermarkets offer good-quality, ready-made meals at affordable prices and there are a small number of youth hostels in Zermatt, Switzerland, located just outside of the town's centre. Book your Zermatt, Switzerland hostel in advance, especially during peak seasons, as affordable options fill up quickly and hotels are notoriously expensive. Be aware that many hostels in Zermatt, Switzerland, have strict rules regarding reception hours and check-in/check-out times. This means that many Zermatt, Switzerland hostels do not have twenty-four-hour reception, and failure to check in or out at specified times may result in you been charged additional fees for either not turning up when you where supposed to or for checking out too late.
Zermatt is a car-free town, so motorists must park their cars in nearby Täsch and take the train the remaining five kilometres into town. Zermatt is easily accessible from either Zurich or Geneva via SBB train, which itself is a beautifully scenic journey.
Written by local enthusiast for Zermatt hostelsChloe