From bottom of Zermatt to top of Cervinia, how long does it take using lifts/trams, etc., non-stop?
Edited by gpaulski - 12/27/09 at 9:05am
I think Zermat is very expensive while Cervinia is cheaper. The Matterhorn from Zermatt is very nice but it is a quite long distance while from Cervinia is very close. Food in Cervinia is amazing. This is my experience with the 2 different sides of the matterhorn.
Did you see this TR from last season? Has a video. Father and son from Scotland who stayed in Italy.
Here is a video of part of the run down to Cervinia, shot last November by my brother:
There are LOTS of nice places to stop and eat in Zermatt, probably more good on-mountain eating establishments than anywhere else in the Alps. Yes, it's more expensive than on the Italian side but not prohibitive. And if my memory is correct, that Italian place shown above is about the only atmospheric choice on the Cervinia side. Zermatt is teaming with them, lots with mouth-dropping views. If you're going to ski Zermatt, that's part of the reason to go, so budget it.
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BTW, allow me to indulge in a little snobbery about Italian food. You might or might not eat well in the Italian Alps, depends where you go, as always. But if you're getting a plate of, like, pasta with a tomato-based sauce or some other "staple" of Italian cuisine, you're being fed tourist fare. The regional cuisines from the mountains are something different altogether. To my palette, there's less of a difference between the authentic local cuisine Cervinia vs. Zermatt than, say Cervinia vs. Milan or Bologna.
And if my memory is correct, that Italian place shown above is about the only atmospheric choice on the Cervinia side
There are many places to eat in Cervinia with a fantastic view, for example in Thodulus restaurant there is a wonderful balcony in front of the matterhorn. I think that is the highest point you can eat and see the matterhorn at the same time, as we are 3500 meters high. In Klein Mattherhorn you can eat but the balcony is poor.
The prices in Zermatt are enormous, I have been to Le Gitan and I paid 75 Euro each, in Cervinia at Metzelet I paid 20 Euro for higher quality mountain food! Raclette, Fundue, Polenta and Salsiccia..
You might be right, but the point remains. If you're going to Zermatt, you have to budget for eating out at lunch. Better to economize at dinner or something (and you could do a trip there without renting a car, if you're looking to save cash). It's just one of the best things about the place. And this from someone who usually skips lunch.
give you an example -
for our 11am stop-
Cervinia - 1 brandy, 1 coffee, 1 water and and 1 hot chocolate - 11 euros!!!
Zermatt - 1 brandy, 1 coffee, 1 water and and 1 hot chocolate - 21 euros!!!
as far as my fave place to eat in zermatt was the glacier big base restaurant... cant remember the name - decent priced for there and huge choice...