Zermatt in September 2019: Part 1

The star of Zermatt is the beautiful Matterhorn mountain.
This was taken from above the town from a lovely restaurant in the mountains.
I really like the way they have arranged bottles of flowers on high ledges
 in front of this marvelleous view.

But first of all, we'll visit the town before going up into the mountains for a hike.
Switzerland is well known for its beautiful arrangements of geraniums
and they're particularly beautiful on the wooden chalets.

Here is the hotel we stayed in which is very near the small centre,
but just on the other side of the River Matter Vispa that runs through Zermatt.

A pretty garden in a side street.
You can see the dome of the museum on the upper right.

From the balcony of my hotel room
I could see the Hotel Julen in typical darkened and weathered wood
which shows off the window boxes of flowers so well.
This was taken in the early morning.

Another chalet adorned with flowers and even a pair of mountain boots.

The Zermatterhof is a beautiful hotel in classical style.
This is where my son and his bride stayed last year in August
 and it's where the wedding reception was held.
Here is the link if you would like to see it:

The church steeple of St. Mauritius.

This plaque in the main street is to honour the first man to successfully reach
the summit of the Matternhorn with two guides.
It was a dangerous ascent and the equipment was rather rudimentary.
You can read about it here:

On the second day of our stay, we took a funicular up to a station called Sunnegga.

This is the view that greeted us!
You can see the glacier on the right of the image.

We took a small path down to a little hamlet called Findeln.
The cows were still grazing at this high altitude of 2.288 metres.
Soon they will be leaving the mountains to descend down the valley
for their winter quarters.

When we arrived in Findeln, we headed for a wonderful restaurant, called Chez Vrony,
 with fabulous views and a welcoming outside terrace.
The long wooden tables and white parasols make it perfect to sit outside.

Isn't it inviting?

The view is pretty marvellous too.
This is where we had our after lunch coffee.

Inside the chalet restaurant looking out over the sunny terrace.
It must be so snug for skiers here in the winter!

Here are Vrony and Max, the lovely owners of this restaurant.
They kindly allowed me to photograph them.

Here is a typical chalet on stilts used for storing grain.
The large discs of stone prevented rats and mice from climbing into the building
to eat the stored cereal.

When we could tear ourselves away from the lovely terrace and delicious organic food,
we started our descent down the valley.

Another chalet in the same Findeln Hamlet.
The pathway down was quite steep, but the views were fabulous all the way.
If you would like to see more mountain shots,
come back at the end of September when I'll be doing the next blog entry!

I just added this colourful collage to wish you all a very happy
Autumn Equinox
on Monday 23 September!


  1. How beautiful, I can almost feel the crisp mountain air, so fresh with a bit of a chill. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. This is how I travel . . . through my blogging sister's photo . . . if fits my budget, LOL.

    1. Travelling through photography is a wonderful way to go! I save up like crazy to go on my little escapades and go without other things which are less important to me! I don't own a house or a car and that helps!
      So glad you enjoyed seeing all the beautiful areas I went to this month! So nice to have you come in and thank you for your comment!

  2. The pictures do look inviting. Maybe one day I will bring myself to visit the mountains again. The hubby sure wouldn't mind, he loves to walk (obviously, I don't...).

    1. Many thanks, Marie-Lucienne. So glad you enjoyed some of the photos of my mountain stay!
      It's a pity not to do a little hiking when there are so many wonderful possibilities, but with good mountain boots and a couple of walking poles, it all becomes very agreeable indeed!

  3. Very beautiful pictures. Remind me of my stay there.The Matterhorn mountain is always impressing.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hello Gabi. So glad that these photos of Zermatt and the Matterhorn reminded you of your stay! It's such a beautiful area. Thank you for your visit!

  4. Oh, I loved these photos so much, Sandra! You know how much I enjoy the mountains and the Matterhorn is certainly exceptional. I was just talking to my husband about visiting Switzerland some day and seeing your photos makes me more determined than ever to get there! He has been on business a few times, but I've never been. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful adopted country with us :)

    1. So glad you enjoyed visiting the mountains through these photographs! Switzerland is definitely worth a visit! Zermatt is about 3 1/2 hours from Lausanne where I live. No cars are allowed in this mountain resort, only electric vehicules are permitted. There's an excellent train service to get there. Thank you for taking the time to comment. So many people visit, but few comment! Come back this weekend to see the rest of my photos of Zermatt!

  5. Sandra, this is such a beautiful area! I love how everyone wants to decorate their homes and businesses with flowers! Love those old shoes, too. You had good eyes to spot them! Thank you for sharing part of your trip with us!

    1. This really is a lovely area to stay. We have been there several times now. I love the way everything is decorated with colourful flowers. I shall be putting my other photographs up this coming weekend! Thank you for visiting!