Wow, Zermatt is swarming with
tourists. The Matterhorn is indeed impressive to see. Except
for a few high-end watch stores, the shops on bustling main street
cater primarily to tourist souvenir
buyers. Zermatt really thins
out when the day-trippers leave town in late afternoon. It's
really not that big a place.
Is this place
hopping or is it dead in the summer?
bursting with tourists--primarily Japanese wth Americans a close
second. I think it's a rite of passage for the Japanese to visit
Zermatt and the town goes out of its way to milk this with shops,
restaurants and hotels catering to their needs.
Is there a lake and/or golf course in town?
car the only option?
car-free town. Visitors park in large car parks a few miles down
the mountain in the village of Taesch and take the train into
Zermatt. On the edge of Zermatt are several car parks where residents
(with police-issued permits) can park. Train service will take
you from the valley floor town of Visp to Zermatt's city center--where
the train line ends.
Does the place feel claustrophobic?
Lots of choices
for acccomodations (hotels/ chalets) and do I have recommendations?
from one to five star hotels can be found here as well as camping.
My memories of Zermatt hotels are very negative.
Could I spend a whole summer here or would I get bored?
No way. Too many tourists and not enough places to get
away from them. A week would be my max.