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Visiting the mountain villages of Grachen and Zermatt

Great day exploring Swiss Mountain Villages

sunny 32 °C

We decided to visit Grachen, just 10 minutes above Saint Nicholas where we were staying in the flat. This is a small mountain village but has restaurants, hotels and shops and a large tourism building. It is a fairytale mountain village, situated on a broad sun terrace, at an altitude of 1,620m. It has a reputation as an outstandingly area for walking. The church stands magestically with the mountains in the background. We were fascinated by the graveside with the amazing view. The gravesites were very orderly and tidy. With it being Sunday most of the shops were shut. We headed back to the flat for lunch. After lunch we drove to Tasch. Tasch is really the gates to Zermatt. You have to have special permission to drive to Zermatt from here. Tasch is the transfer point for travellers to Zermatt. Guests park their cars in the parking and take the shuttle train to Zermatt. Zermatt is a car less town. We took a taxi up as you got free parking and returned by train. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn mountain. The towns touristic development is closely linked to one of the worlds most famous mountains. It is in the middle of an enormous hiking, mountain climbing and skiing regions. It is also popular in the summer with cyclists. The place was very busy with lots of tourists visiting or staying in the many hotels there. The hotels are very attractive with there colourful well kept flower baskets hanging from balconies. We love the unique Swiss buildings. There were many shops there, not all open due to it being a Sunday. We listened to some singers and found a nice cafe to sit and look at the Matterhorn. While there a herd of goats with their bells ringing walked past. The glacial river rn just past the restaurant. The surroundings of this village are breathtaking but this comes at a price. Accomodation in Zermatt is amongst the most expensive in Switzerland. There are big mountain celebrstion taking place celebrating 150 years of alpine history. How lucky are we to stay at Saint Nicholas so close by. A lot of people come in to Tasch by train from other parts of Switzerland. It was a very warm day and we had a little shower later in the afternoon. The Matterhorn certainly towers over this place. Reluctantly we headed back to Saint Nicholas by train. Cooked our dinner. Another great day in Switzerland

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