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Backpacking Zermatt

There is a few things you should know about Zermatt hostels and the city in general. Besides comparing you the best and cheapest hostels in Zermatt, we also highlight what we have liked, disliked and things to look out for.

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.
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Things to do in Zermatt

Here is a few more tips from the community. Other travelers share their best tips on backpacking Zermatt:

It's spectacular. You can ski across the border to Italy and back for a great day out.


Broken Barrel's the best club in Zermatt.


The main reasons people come to Zermatt are for the Matterhorn and the skiing. There are great views of the Matterhorn and other mountains from the town (and better views from Kleine Matterhorn and Gornergrat) and most of the skiing is in the difficult range.


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