During the Christmas holidays, I always spend a few days in Zermatt. I just arrived today and I am always impressed by the number of Asian tourists who are here. I know that Zermatt is very well known all over the world. That it is the image that people have of Switzerland but the most impressive is that some people cross half of the globe to see the Matterhorn whereas I have it at less then three hours drive.

Car-free

You cannot use a "normal" car to drive in Zermatt and you cannot reach Zermatt by car.

Only locals and companies can drive to Zermatt. Otherwise everyone has to take the train and leave the car in the nearest village in the valley.

Zermatt is famous for being a car-free resort, this has been the case since the 1970s. Small electric carts that are built locally are allowed to drive in Zermatt and  up to 20km / h. Only the police can drive faster for obvious reasons.

Statistics

Zermatt is the highest and largest all-round ski area in the world with guaranteed snow 365 days of the year. There is also the possibility of skiing in two different countries from one resort, Switzerland and Italy. This is something that is doesn't exist elsewhere.

Zermatt is a closed village, which means that non-Swiss nationals are not allowed to buy property within the area.

Matterhorn

The Matterhorn is one of the highest peaks in Europe. To be exact, the 12th. It is 4,478 meters (14,692 feet) high and one of the 49 peaks  that are 4000 meters or higher in Switzerland.

It has a pyramidal shape. Each side of the pyramid shows in a cardinal direction.

It is estimated that over 500 alpinists have died on the Matterhorn since the first climb in 1865, making it one of the deadliest peaks in the world.

I will enjoy my trip and redo a post if I find more interesting stuff.