"Schwarzsee PARADISE? Give me a break!" Zermatt Tourist Trap Tip by travelfrosch
Zermatt Tourist Traps: 8 reviews and 8 photos
Many years ago, one of my favorite hiking destinations in Zermatt was the Schwarzsee. Ideally located near the Matterhorn, it allowed you to get "up close and personal" with the mountain. Nowadays, there's a gondola system called the "Matterhorn Express," which can whisk you to this area, now coined "Schwarzsee Paradise," in minutes for the "bargain" price of CHF 47. And what do you see when you get up there? A CONSTRUCTION ZONE! The entire area is dug up. You have to tiptoe through a marked path just to get over to the restaurant. Some paradise.
Unique Suggestions: Well, the Matterhorn is still pretty, even if the foreground isn't. Try to work your way to the lake edge (if the trail isn't dug up, that is). Also, the restaurant has some decent food at not outrageous prices.
Fun Alternatives: Hike around Riffelalp or Riffelberg and get a nice Matterhorn view without the bulldozers.
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