Zermatt and Matterhorn- When you are that famous, you make your own rules

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When you are that famous, you make your own rules. And Zermatt municipality does exactly that. Since 1947, Zermatt has been car free.

Now… not all cars are born equal. Apparently, electric cars are not considered cars in Zermatt. Take that, Chevy Volt…you are not really a car. There are plenty of electric taxis more than happy to drive you around. And if your hotel does not offer pickup, might be a good move to take one. Zermatt is steep.

How to get to Zermatt?

If you have a car, you’ll need to leave it in Tasch, and then take the train to Zermatt. The ticket was about $15 for a return trip. Add another $15 for the parking in the train station. The train starts from Tasch every 20 minutes, and is a 15 minute very scenic ride.

What to do in Zermatt?

Matterhorn

Obviously, you first see Matterhorn. You can choose to just see it from the quaint village, or see it closer. We did the Gornegrat train trip, the highest open air rail system in Europe. It seems that each train you take in Switzerland is “the highest”…two years ago we took the Jungfraujoch train, the highest ride in Europe. That one is mostly through a tunnel bore through the face of Eiger, and is indeed the highest railroad station in Europe. This one is “open air”, even is there are some small tunnels. I imagined for a second how is to be the marketing guy for the Zermatt – Gornegrat train system: we are not the highest…we are however quite high…but we don’t have that many tunnels. So, we will be “he highest open air rail system in Europe”.

Highest or not, and marketing positioning aside, this is a great ride. The almost 6 miles of steep climb took a bit over 30 minutes, and put us  Gornegrat summit at 10,266 feet (3,100m).

Some pictures atached.

Gornegrat Station (3100m)