After showing so many pictures in my last two posts of the mountains surrounding Zermatt, Switzerland, I thought a few pictures of the town would be interesting. To prevent air pollution, the town is a combustion-engine car-free zone. Almost all vehicles are battery driven with exceptions being made for taxis or delivery trucks, which are electric.
Zermatt is very compact and you can walk almost anywhere within 30 minutes.
I took this picture from a bridge over the Matter Vispa, the river that runs through town and rises from the glaciers at the foot of the surrounding mountains. The river passed right by our hotel and since we slept with our windows open, it was a welcome sound, especially at night.
I took this picture as we stepped out of this bakery, where we ate lunch.
This house is located in the old part of Zermatt known as the Hinterdorf which consists of houses, barns, stables, and stores built between the 16th and 18th century. Many sit on flat stone slabs balanced on stilts to keep out mice. Considering the fact that they have been standing for hundreds of years, these buildings must be more stable than they look!
A close-up view of one of the flat stone slabs as I stood underneath it. Sorry it is a little blurry, but I was trying to keep my balance while standing on a hill and looking up to take the picture!
The clock tower of St. Mauritius Church.
Just behind St. Mauritius Church is Mountaineer's Cemetery, which is reserved for climbers who have perished on the Matterhorn or on the nearby mountains. Some of the graves have impressive memorials, are beautifully maintained and some even have artifacts like climbing ropes and ice axes attached.
A particularly interesting grave marker in Mountaineer's Cemetery.