Our departure from Venice and into Switzerland marked for us what was the best part of the trip. Not that Italy was bad in any way (except for the aforementioned problems we had with the Vatican City), more just that I was really looking forward to Switzerland as I am a bit of an old-man-scenery-nerd. Our first port of call was Zermatt. Our very first experience wasn’t great – a very long train trip – we went from Venice, to Milan, to Brig, and then onto Zermatt. And along with that came the first fuckup on my part of the whole trip – apparently the Brig-Zermatt leg of the trip was not covered by the eurail pass, so we had to fork out extra, and quite a bit extra it was! I’ll explain that a bit more when I talk about the Glacier Express in the next blog.
Anyway, after that initial mixup we got to Zermatt, and we were also greeted with our first taste of cooler weather. Still not cold by European standards, it was still September after all, but it was definitely into the single digits, and more disappointingly, it was rainy. This obscured our view of the Matterhorn and prevented us from doing much on our full day here, but fortunately we somewhat made up for it later in the trip.
On the train on the way to Zermatt – the countryside is just amazing
Gourmet Burgers – this is when we realised how expensive Zermatt and Switzerland in general was – that is about AUD35 worth of food on the plate right there!
On the second day we were there we went for a bit of a walk around the outskirts of the town. It was raining which prevented us from doing any more serious hiking, which is what I was hoping for.
Outskirts of Zermatt
At least the street food was good (though still pricey)
All of buildings in Zermatt had gorgeous planter boxes full of flowers on their balconies. Was very pretty.