Switzerland is a magical destination, full of romance and history, where the past mingles with the present to create a destination unlike any other. And there’s no yodelling allowed.
I have always known about the beauty of Switzerland, but never realized the extent of its beauty that kept me oohing and aahing from the moment I arrived until I left.
If you ask me where I want to go for my honeymoon, my answer will be Switzerland. The country is blessed with natural beauty that will take your breath away, from scenic Lake Geneva to the towering Swiss Alps. There is much more to Switzerland than watches, chocolates, cheese, skiing and banks.
Some places are so beautiful that they will remain in your heart forever, and Zermatt is one of those few places. Zermatt reminds me of a novel that my mom used to read to me when I was a little girl: Heidi. The book is filled with picturesque images of the city where Heidi lives, and Zermatt reminds me of that. Zermatt is not your typical Swiss village. This is a magical destination, full of romance and history, where the past mingles with the present to create a destination unlike any other.
Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn and is surrounded by 38 four-thousand-metre peaks. The Matterhorn is Switzerland’s most famous landmark; the most beautiful mountain in the world and considered by many true mountaineers to be the peak of all peaks. Zermatt has preserved its original character and offers nearly unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned. Its location at the foot of the Matterhorn and in the middle of an enormous hiking and skiing region makes it one of the world’s most attractive vacation villages.
Later did I learn that Zermatt is an increasingly popular destination amongst Indonesians who go not only for the skiing but to take their pre-wedding pictures. Having seen the beauty of Zermatt, I can see why it is so popular. Zermatt is a city where you do not want to go to sleep because the reality is better than your dreams.
As Zermatt is a car-free city, visitors must take the train to reach it, which I consider a blessing. As the train slowly climbed the mountain towards the city, our eyes were treated by views over the seemingly sky-scraping snowy mountains. And it only got better the moment we arrived at the city. Almost all vehicles in Zermatt are battery-driven and virtually silent. Transport around the village is either on horse-and-carriage or via electric taxis. The whole city is utterly tranquil. You can hear the sound of birds singing and church bells ringing.
In the mountains of Zermatt, some amazing prospects will await you. Over 400 km of hiking trails will lead you through an enchanting world of nature. Enjoy the sun, crystal-clear air and breathtaking mountain panorama with friends and family. I have never felt so close to heaven as when I was in the mountains. It feels as though you can reach out and touch the sky.
While in town, visit Matterhorn Museum, housing equipment used during the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, which ended tragically. The museum also shows everyday life in Zermatt during the early years.
Make sure to get to the top of a mountain: Zermatt offers the pleasures of the Gornergrat, a cog railway that winds its way up the mountain to an altitude of 3089 metres. At first, I thought nothing could match the view we had on the train on our way to Zermatt but, boy, could I be so wrong!: The view on the Gornergrat is far better, a magnificent panorama.
The fabulous view, fresh clean air, the tranquility: They all added to the utterly romantic ambience of the city, making it the perfect place for your honeymoon or simply to spend time with your loved ones.
Text by Melani Semuel | Photos courtey of Zermatt Tourism and by Ika Damajanti