Saturday, May 23, 2015

Alpine getaway

Our group explored the mountain village Zermatt at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn. We learned about the town's history, befriended local animals, and took in the spectacular views.
Hopping a train, we rode into the pristine mountain village Zermatt that is nestled in the Swiss Alps at the foot of the Matterhorn.

The mountain air is kept fresh and views breathtaking by laws that prevent people from operating motor vehicles in the area. Aside from mini electric trucks, Zermatt remains quiet and in its natural state.



Zermatt was founded at the turn of the 15th century and was mainly an agricultural village. But now it is a hot spot for tourists and adrenaline junkies.

We walked through the town admiring the old and new wooden buildings while learning about the town's history.

A fun fact we learned is that people who perish trying to climb the Matterhorn are buried in the Zermatt cemetery along with the other failed mountaineers, regardless if they are a Swiss citizen. This is the only situation that allows non-Swiss citizens to be buried in Switzerland.



We spent our time discovering the paths that encompass the town and befriending local animals. Some of the paths lead to pastures of sheep and others to panoramic views.




We also became friends with a distant relative of Goldy: the marmot. They quickly took us in like their own!