January 30, 2024
Andermatt: The Skiers Paradise Blending Traditional Alpine Charm with Modern Luxury
Nestled in the canton of Uri, the picturesque Swiss village of Andermatt is surrounded by majestic peaks and stunning Alpine landscapes.
Serving as a gateway to the high mountain passes, the village is perfectly placed for those serious about the slopes.
Skiing in Andermatt
There are two main skiing areas in close proximity to Andermatt which cater for first-timers to advanced-level skiers.
Gemstock is the place to head if you’re a seasoned skier. The diverse terrain makes it particularly appealing to experts and the steep slopes and off-piste opportunities cater to the more competent and experienced skier.
Access to the summit can be gained by taking a cable car and on a clear day you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views stretching right across the Alps.
If you’re skiing with the family or are new to skiing, then the Natschen-Gutsch will be the best option.
The slopes are gentler with dedicated slopes for children and beginners and several ski schools are offering some first-rate tuition, making it an ideal spot for those learning to ski.
The area is accessible via a funicular railway and cable car from Andermatt.
The ultimate luxury stay
If you’re seeking the most opulent accommodation Andermatt has to offer, then look no further than The Chedi Andermatt.
The five-star hotel blends traditional Swiss architecture with contemporary Asian influences and its lavish accommodations are exquisitely designed. At 1447 metres above sea level, the rooms also offer some stunning views right across the Swiss Alps.
The hotel’s attention to detail extends to its services and hospitality. Guests are warmly welcomed and there are several services available including a world-class spa and health and wellness facilities.
When it comes to dining after a day on the slopes, the hotel boasts five first-rate restaurants serving the highest quality Swiss, Asian and European cuisine.
In and around Andermatt
With quaint cobbled streets lined with well-preserved Swiss chalets, Andermatt has remained steeped in traditional Alpine charm so a simple leisurely meander is a wonderful way to spend the day when you’re not on the slopes.
The nearby Goscheneralp Waterfalls, provide a tranquil escape from the crowds. There is an established mountain path that can be followed whilst you take in the bright blue waters of the lake and stunning glaciers.
Take a trip to Devil’s Bridge, a historic stone bridge spanning the Reuss River. The atmospheric bridge has a fascinating history and offers some wonderful views of the Schöllenen Gorge.
If you can’t bear to tear yourself away from the slopes but want a change from skiing there are plenty of winter sports on offer including snowboarding, tobogganing and snowshoeing.
Fine Dining in Andermatt
Andermatt’s cuisine is full of flavour and rustic charm, with a plethora of first-rate restaurants serving traditional Swiss fare.
For those who are passionate about food and drink, there are two Michelin-starred restaurants right on the doorstep- quite an achievement given the size of the village!
The Japanese Restaurant
This two-star restaurant is situated in the aforementioned Chedi. The chefs offer first-rate ingredients serving up an intriguing fusion of Japanese and European influences.
The omakase menu is a particular highlight which has four to six courses, showcasing some of the restaurant’s finest dishes.
GÜTSCH by Markus Neff
The magic starts before you’ve even arrived at this Michelin-starred establishment. The restaurant is located at the top of the Gutsch Mountain and is reached by hopping on a cable car to take you to the top.
If possible, make sure you book a table on the spectacular terrace which doubles up as a viewing platform while you eat!
The menu consists of more regional dishes as well as dishes from French haute cuisine- the wine list is also particularly impressive!
Getting to Andermatt
The easiest way to get to Andermatt is by booking cheap flights to Zurich and arranging a transfer from there.
If you’re not using a private transfer, it’s always best to organise your transport from the airport in advance (if you’re staying at the Chedi- you can always hire one of their limousines!)
If you’re not using private transport or hiring a car, the best option is to take the train from Zurich Airport to Zurich Main Station and from there take the train direct to Andermatt. Total journey time is around 2.5 hours depending on the specific connections.
Andermatt is an absolute haven for the quintessential Alpine ski experience, offering thrilling slopes and beautiful landscapes.
What sets the village apart is the modern opulence and luxury which is carefully interwoven amidst the authentic charm of a Swiss mountain village.
So whether you’re an avid skier looking for some off-piste exhilaration, or are secretly just there for the Apres-ski, it doesn’t get better than Andermatt