As well as the well-signed walks beginning from the resort itself, railways take tourists into the high reaches of the mountains for altitude hiking and mountain climbing. The Zermatt Alpine ... More Centre is a great resource, offering training sessions, day tours, and glacier walks.
Winter transforms the resort into a wonderland of snow and ice, and the 313 km of runs include slopes for everyone, from complete beginners to those looking for a challenge. 74 transport options transport visitors to this huge selection of runs, where skiing, snowboarding, sledding and hiking are all popular amongst the crowds.
When you feel like relaxing indoors, Zermatt also has a Casino located at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. There are also a number of galleries, showing paintings of the resort and its surroundings, exhibitions of contemporary artists, and of course, the mineral collection housed in the Zermatt schoolhouse.
Perhaps the most impressive sight though, and one that can be enjoyed year-round, is the Glacier Palace, a freezing cavern in the ice of Klein Matterhorn, at an altitude of 3820 metres. This natural hall offers tourists a unique perspective into snow and ice, and a chance to imagine what the world must have been like during the last ice age.
There are 5500 permanent residents in Zermatt, although tourists increase the population greatly all year round. Since 2000, Zermatt has had its own television station, which broadcasts images of the hiking and skiing trails, as well as showing international news, community and tourist information, and movies.
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