Tales from Europe: Zermatt

Seeing the Matterhorn was one of the things that I told myself I HAD to do before I left Europe. It was one of those bucket list items and I visited Zermatt, Switzerland just to see that big rock.

The town of Zermatt is an amazingly quiet ski resort town. I didn’t really know this going in to that, but there admittedly isn’t that much to do other than ski. The town is tucked away deep in the valley of the Swiss Alps and the train ride from Visp to Zermatt had some of the best views I have ever seen. Those Facebook videos of Switzerland don’t do it justice.

Milan train station

My journey started in Pordenone, Italy. I decided to be a little more adventurous than usual and take a train from Italy to Zermatt. From Pordenone, I had stops at Venice, Milan, and Visp.

The Milan train station was HUGE. One of the biggest that I can remember visiting while in Europe. The best part of taking the train all that way were marveling at the views outside the window!

Once you get to Zermatt, it feels like the perfect Christmas town. It has the perfect atmosphere for anyone wanting a quiet getaway in the mountains for the holidays. I wish I was there right now, sipping on a hot cup of coffee while the sun rises over the peaks.

The first night I was there, I walked around the town and went on a short hike where I got some good views of Zermatt from a little bit higher of an elevation. The next day I took the special train up to the top of the mountain where the ski slopes were. There was a shop at the top and amazing views of the Matterhorn from there.

The rest of the time in Zermatt was spent moseying around the shops where I bought some family members Swiss army knives and other souvenirs. There was also an outdoor ice skating rink in the middle of the town where I watched kids play hockey for a little while.

All of the architecture of Zermatt was so beautiful and cozy. It really is the perfect place to step out onto your balcony and drink some coffee as the little town wakes up.

After the weekend in Zermatt, it was time to head back to Visp to catch the train back to Italy.

This was a short blog for a short trip, but it was such a beautiful place to visit that I had to share my experience. Though, I didn’t do much in the town, most of that is my fault as I just winged it for this trip and didn’t really plan anything out.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next blog!

Published by Jacob Fite

My name is Jacob, I'm 29 years old and currently serving in the USAF. Born in Sheridan, Arkansas, USA. I love writing poetry and stories. I published my first novella, The Drip, on Amazon and am currently working on a number of other stories. Follow me on my Twitter for updates! @FiteWrites

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