ZERMATT: This alpine village is might small in size but it is big on the plate. If you and your partner prefer to take pleasure of each other during a lunch in the highest possible manner, then this meal has to be described as “one of the most romantic places on earth” – organised at three top tables up in the mountains in a very close association with the local train company. Without the train there will be no romantic lunch in this alp area.
The trial of Gourmet. The Swiss way of romantic dinner or lunch is a trail of a gourmet phenomenon with tapas made of local specialities, the high quality local wine made from more than 30 grapes, White Wine Soup, exquisite seafood like crayfish and oysters and not to forget the mountain cheese. The rural Switzerland provides most of the ingredients.
This romantic lunch take place at three Michelin-star-worthy restaurants in which ambitious chefs rustle up all sorts of innovative dishes. They are all creative, confident and contemporary and they make Zermatt a gourmet destination, and this romantic lunch a road trip to the highest possible destination.
Starters with a view. Book for the Gornergrat Gourmet Experience and don’t forget your train ticket. From Gornergrat Station the train bring you up to the highest hotel in Switzerland – Kulmhotel Gornergrat at 3100 m.a.s.l. At the restaurant you are served all the starters with an unbelievable view, including the mighty Matterhorn, providing a rich variety of mountain romance 365 days a year.
Main course. After first part of the meal it’s time for the main course at Riffelberg. Hiking downhill will take you one hour, but the train is a more romantic option. At famous Riffelberg non-fish lovers can enjoy lamb and excellent beef of venison for second plate.
Sweet ompa-music. Riffelalp is the last stop on this gourmet journey. After a short walk from the train station you arrive at “Chez Freddy”. Here the host family serve their famous apple cake along with a local variation of Irish coffee – and songs from the traditional Swiss ompa-music. After a short ride with the Gornergrat train you are back in Zermatt knowing you and your partner have been on the top tables – and the highest possible road to a romantic lunch.
Inside Zermatt. This is a village where half a dozen local families run everything. At the mountain restaurants with a cosmopolitan atmosphere it is all about lunch. Zermatt is down-to-earth with a low-profile chalet scene and has some houses providing a heaven for Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Madonna. The social profile is so low-key that the biggest names can relax without being bothered by anyone.
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Touch Down: Fast, new high-capacity cable-cars and trains takes you up to the mountains.
Stay: The traditional hospitality is characterised by a personal approach and 150 years experience. In the village centre there are two outstanding hotels. Mont Cervin Palace opened in 1852 and has been renovated under the fourth generation of the Seiler family. Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is elegant and has doubles from 400 euro. Zermatt has many mid-priced hotels with pools and fitness centres.
Eat: Cooking has undergone a dramatic improvement. You will be happy at Shymper-Stube, a laid back bistro where the glam kids hang out. Have a drink at Elsie´s Bar and eat lobster at Grill Le Cervin.
Play: During the ski season a youthful elite is visiting Zermatt with more than skiing on their minds. For racy Brits, chic Italians and French, the sky is the limit.
Mini Guide: A day’s skiing should include après-ski. Hennu Stall is the right place, no matter the age. A DJ or live bands ensure that things will be rocking. Papperla Pub is a place where locals and visitors meet all year round, young and old, beer drinkers and champagne sippers. The party goes on until 2am with jagertee, mullet wine and solid food. The igloos at Iglu-Dorf on Rotenboden at 2500 m above sea level is created from glistering snow and reconstructed every year, and designed by international artists. Visit during the day and enjoy Swiss cheese fondue and breathtaking view.