Oh! The Places I’ve Been – “Z” is for ZERMATT

photo by M. Reynolds

photo by M. Reynolds

Of course I’d end up in Switzerland!

The name of Zermatt, as well as that of the Matterhorn itself, derives from the alpine meadows, or matten (in German). The name appeared first as Zur Matte (“in the meadow”) and became later Zermatt. It does not appear until 1495 on a map or 1546 in a text, but may have been employed long before.

There are no cars allowed in Zermatt. You can take a train, but once you arrive at the station, you can walk, ride in an electric car, or climb into one of the lovely-horse-drawn carriages

photo by M. Reynolds

photo by M. Reynolds

This photo, above, was snapped at Sunnegga, a ski area on the Rothorn mountain. As the name implies, there’s usually a lot of sun here. My sister, my mom, and I were here in the early 90’s.

The photo below is from Gornergrat, at 3,089 meters above sea level, March 2007. Yes, the air is thin, but look at this view!

photo by M. Reynolds

photo by M. Reynolds

Honorable mentions go to Zurich (where our dear friends Paul and Athena reside and have welcomed us), Zug, and Zweisimmen. “Z” was easy!

Thanks for following this blog during the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. I hope you enjoyed visiting some of the places that are part of my travel history.

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11 Comments

I’m impressed you had so many Z’s to choose from! I was wondering where you’d end up 🙂 Congrats on finishing the Challenge!

AJ Lauer
#atozchallenge helper minion
Twitter: @ayjaylauer

I went to Switzerland for training for 3 weeks. I was near Zurich. The country was great! I did get to ski with Azzedine. Still not a big fan of the Fondue but had some amazing chinese food !
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Never been here but did visit Bern.

I’ve never been to Switzerland, though the Dutch half of my family pass through it sometimes. An amazing looking place – thank you for sharing your photos! Must have been an astonishing visit.

I’ve loved visiting all the places A-Z. Thanks for taking us there Martha xxx

You did a great job on this. And I feel like I have been on a mini vacation to all sorts of places.

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