For the 5,600 residents in the little town of Zermatt, mountains surpass thrill or visual treat. Because at the tip of their nose is the astonishing father-figure of the Matterhorn (4,478m), famous for being one of the most distinguishable peaks in the world for its unique shape. It is also the most likely explanation on how the destination came on the world’s travel radar in the first place, and why everything about the town has the history of the mountain sprinkled over it—from T-shirts and brand advertisements with Matterhorn puns to history books and brochures.

Here is our guide to what to do in this beautiful Swiss town.

The restaurant at Romantik Hotel Julen has a nice outdoor seating where the summer sun can be especially charming when the air is light and breezy and ruffels you up for a sumptuous European lunch. Order a lamb ragout with herbs, corn spatzli and vegetables. julen.chLong before Zermatt was a tourist destination, pioneer mountaineers came to town to conquer the surrounding peaks and stayed at the Monte Rosa. Since then, it’s been renovated and expanded, but the charm of the hotel from the Victorian era remains intact. You can ask for a tour of the hotel where you are taken through the floors to the corners that have elements from the first property. monterosazermatt.chAs you move closer to the Matterhorn on the Gornergrat Bahn, you realise the magnanimity of the mountain and the effort taken to establish man’s footprint on its peak, sans technological advancement. Remember to visit Zermatlantis, the Matterhorn museum, only after you’ve visited the mountain, otherwise it spoils the experi- ence of the remarkable things on display inside which include tools, and mountain gear from the first ascent. zermatt.ch When taking the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, stop at the restaurant atop for a mug of hot chocolate (to relieve your frozen muscles) and check out the souvenir section for Matterhorn whiskey glasses exclusively sold at this store. This is a fantastic souvenir because of the mountain shaped protrusion inside the glass. matterhornparadise.chUnusually cool for a small town, Zermatt has a very high number of bars and nightclubs and spotting a nice one is hardly difficult because they’re all on the main street. The Pink Live Music Bar in Post Hotel is a winter hub for the young crowd and open between December and April. Catch a live rock, jazz, and pop band play in town, especially on the weekend. hotelpost.ch