Monday, April 19, 2010

Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival

Heading to Zermatt on the train

The view of town and the cemetery from our hotel balcony

Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival!

Walking around town

Jason Mraz, all-acoustic style!

The Matterhorn!!

Our stop on the cable car at almost 10,000 ft.

Heading back down the mountain

Mark and I had a fantastic time in Zermatt for the Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival this past weekend! We took the 3 hour ride via train from Lausanne and enjoyed views of the beautiful Swiss countryside along the way on the Glacier Express train. Zermatt is located in Southeast Switzerland and is a popular ski resort, although most people know it for being the home of the Matterhorn mountain!

We arrived in the afternoon and checked into our hotel, Hotel Allalin in the center of town. Zermatt is a car-free zone, which makes it pleasant to peruse the shops and walk around the village. All of the taxis are electric! It is a beautiful area, nestled in the valley below an overpowering mountain chain. We took a walk around town and then grabbed an early dinner before the concert.

The Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival is an all-acoustic event, and we had tickets to see Jason Mraz perform on Saturday evening. The venue is a set of tents that were erected in the center of Zermatt. It was a great venue as it felt intimate and we had a good view of the stage. Jason Mraz is an amazing performer and we had an fantastic time rockin' out to his show! Check out a short clip of his performance in the video below!

On Sunday, we ate breakfast at our hotel and then walked over the cable car lift to head up the mountain for some up close views of the Matterhorn! It really is a spectacular sight to see! Our first stop was just to hop out for a minute at Schwarzsee Paradise at 2583 meters (8474 feet) for some photo ops! We hopped back in the lift and got off at Trockener Steg at 2939 meters (9642 feet). This stop on the lift is a big one and has a restaurant with a panoramic view of the Matterhorn and the mountain chain around it.

To finish up our trip, we headed back down the mountain and took one more stroll around town before heading back to Lausanne. It was a short trip but packed full of great memories! Hopefully we'll be able to head back to Zermatt one day for some hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter!

1 comment:

  1. I never realized Matterhorn was an actual mountain before. Oops! The clip of the concert sounded great.