Nov 18, 2013

Zermatt, Switzerland: The Town


Shut up, right? This place isn't real. Zermatt, Switzerland can't be this STUNNING. This MAGICAL. 

Oh, but it so is.

Every square inch of this beautiful ski-town tucked away into the commanding Swiss Alps is THAT ADORABLE. I'm ashamed it's taken me so long to blog about it! D and I took a trip to Zermatt last MLK Day weekend with the Frankfurt Ski Club and I still can't get over how amazing our time was there. It snowed buckets almost every day, making for some tough white-out ski conditions, but some seriously beautiful scenery away from the slopes. We stayed in the heart of Zermatt at the Plateau Rosa Hotel with uninhibited views of the Matterhorn. Well, alllmost uninhibited. The snow clouds hung low over the tip of the Matterhorn for 75% of our stay, but we still caught peeks of it here and there. That first photo was the view from our balcony. Surreal, right? Like a page out of a storybook, that view. 

During our 4-day winter holiday, we spent one full day skiing the Swiss Alps...right up there beside that grand 'ol Matterhorn...but I crapped-out half way through our 2nd full ski day. The snow was coming down hard and I could barely see two steps in front of myself, so I begged D to let me head back down the mountain for cocoa and some town-wandering. His legs were burning and patience wearing thin, so it didn't take too much convincing. He happily threw in his ski gloves for the day and joined me for some much needed post-ski relaxing. Don't get me wrong, though, skiing the Swiss Alps was unforgettable. I'd do it again in a heartbeat...and if you've never experienced it...GO! But when you've got a town as gorgeous as Zermatt waiting to be explored a mile below you, you've just got to come out of the clouds to take it all in. 

Stay tuned for scenes atop the Alps during our skiing adventures and our first bites of REAL Swiss fondue! 
Sigh. Can't we go back...like right now? I need more snow magic in my life.

40 comments:

  1. Switzerland is just the best - mindblowing in every corner of the country!

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  2. Gorgeous pics, Casey! Zermatt is so lovely! I was there a couple of days ago for a daytrip and quickly fell in love with the place, wish I could go back there some time ... and maybe even give skiing a try :)

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  3. I went to Zermatt too and I couldn't believe its beauty! Lovely pictures hopefully you can check out my post about Zermatt!

    xoxo S

    check out my personal/ travel blog

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  4. It reminds me a little of home! Currently, in my hometown there are several inches of snow and the storms have been wreaking havoc on the highways. I certainly don't miss that... or the shovelling! We hardly get any snow in Stavanger and for the most part, I'm ok with it!

    We're heading to Switzerland in a few weeks - we won't be in Zermatt but have found a lovely little chalet in the Alps near Interlakken - I'm so looking forward to a winter wonderland!

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  5. I love how the cafe chairs outside are draped with furs! That's so perfect!

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  6. You had me at Switzerland. I really want to move there next. So many fond memories as a young girl. Love every one of your photos and please, for love of wanderlust post more about it for me ;)

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  7. so pretty! it reminds me of pictures from postcard. gosh, i miss snow...

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  8. Absolutely stunning, amazing pictures. This must be one of the most beautiful posts I've seen in a long time.

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  9. I absolutely love Switzerland, and this town looks seriously adorable! And that curling lamp... oh. my. god. Obsessed! :D

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  10. So gorgeous! Switzerland is one of my very favourite places, & it looks especially epic with the snow & christmas lights. xx

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  11. I My God. This is too beautiful for words!!! I I so want a winter wonderland :(
    You are so luck ^_^

    www.sweetswithfreaks.blogspot.com

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  12. Wow, fairytale like is definitely the way to describe this! So beautiful! I love skiing so this is definitely someplace I want to look into :)

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  13. That is so lovely. I want to go!

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  14. These pictures are amazing, they look like they can be a postcard!

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  15. Wow - what stunning photos! Looks like a beautiful place to spend some time!

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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  16. How beautiful! I have only skied once but I think I would try again for this scenery!

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  17. I'll take snow when it looks like this. OH, but the Bernese Mountain dog!! I want to just hug him so much!

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  18. Girl. Your posts. They kill me. In a good way though! Absolutely stunning pictures every.single.time! It's so amazing that you two are able to see all this right now!! What are you ever going to do when you come back to NC!? Ha!

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  19. how gorgeous is this place??? it's, like, exactly what comes to mind when I think of Christmas and wintertime and the mountains. it looks perfect.

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  20. Ok now I want to go somewhere there is snow, but that would mean leaving the country as our snow season is over.................and can't afford to do that so I will have to make do with the photos you have shown me today

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  21. Oh man, Switzerland is a beauty. I really really want to get good enough at skiing to go on a skiing holiday, this place sounds amazing. I love all the little christmas trees on the buildings!

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  22. Holy gorgeous!! Switzerland has never been high on my list- but lately, it's right on top!

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  23. I loved Zermatt, it's so picturesque. Have you ever been to Chamonix? It's at the base of Mont Blanc and AMAZING! It is one of the few places in the world that was so beautiful that it left me completely speechless.

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  24. ok seriously, stop! this is amazing! how gorgeous! now can you imagine having a HOUSE up there? perfection. sadly i'm not too good with the whole snow sport thing (or any sport for that matter) but i wouldn't mind doing the town activities and who could turn down a massage in the ski lodge? i could fake some 'ski' soreness ; )

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  25. This place is pure winter charm! I was scrolling along, oohing and aahing over the photos and then I came to the puppy pic and shrieked like a gleeful child... Bernese Mountain Dogs are my FAVORITE! There's one that hangs out in my village (I've named him Boris) and whenever I see him I have to resist the urge to dognap him ;)

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  26. Um, amazing. It is so beautiful there! Wonderful photos!

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  27. SO SO JEALOUS! I've had Switzerland at the top of my list for a long time! Everything about this trip sounds awesome and as always your pictures just make me drool! I'm a December baby and always love visiting places at that time of year to experience snow...being a TX girl I don't exactly get the real snow experience, ha!

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  28. How lovely! I am not a huge fan of cold winter, and I still want to go with all the snow on the ground.

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  29. Oh, how I wish I could be in the Alps right now! Zermatt is such a beautiful Ski resort town!

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  30. this looks like the most ideal, magical place in the world. Visiting the Swiss Alps is on my bucket list for sure. Except I don't really love the snow … :)

    ps, thanks for linking up today with Treat Yo Self Thursday!

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  31. Oh my goodness, this looks like pure magic! So completely charming--can't wait to hear more about your adventures! And I love that curling lamp :)

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  32. This looks like the perfect vacation. Although I am not a fan of the cold I would love to be cozy inside a remote cabin like this.

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  33. what beauty!! Oh my word! I love it and i want to be there now!

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  34. So beautiful! I agree with Jay ~ it reminds me of home. Switzerland is on my list of places I want to go to and I hope to see it next year. Your photos are amazing! That puppy dog is too cute.

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  35. Zermatt is absolutely beautiful! I went there in summer and the nature was even more amazing than in winter!
    Yesterday I wrote a blog post about it, and really enjoyed remembering that time spent there!
    http://coloursbynicole.blogspot.cz/2014/11/location-zermatt-switzerland.html

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