© Gerrit Starczewski
What better way to mark the end of the Alpine ski season than to soak up the sounds of a handful of internationally acclaimed musicians at a cosy acoustic festival, with the majestic Matterhorn mountain as the backdrop? From the 9th to the 13th of April the Swiss Alps are set to be flooded with the hum of Zermatt Unplugged – the festival of unadulterated sounds.
With the prerequisite powdery virginal snow, breathtaking mountainous landscapes and crisp Alpine air, we’ve carefully curated an insider’s guide to independent Alpine hotels, ski chalets, retreats and lodges that exude soul.
Switzerland and the jaw dropping Alpine vistas of Zermatt provide an altitudinous festival of acoustic music, love songs and storytelling. It is all about getting back to the simply beautiful song: raw, direct and immediate.
White Line Hotels – the collection of more than 40 indie hotels, has introduced the cool concept of Mountain Hopping through a selection of creative boltholes; The Alpine Edit – the insider guide to hotels, ski chalets, retreats and lodges from across Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy.
There’s much to be said for the Zermatt Summer: rolling green hills framed by permanently snowy peaks, being able to ski any day of the year, going to see the extremely rare Valais battle cows go head-to-head if watching (and/or rare animal sports) is more your thing, and of course world-famous outbreaks of wildflowers. It’s enough to make you sigh and start counting out the weeks until the next spring thaw on your iCal, that is until you start thinking about what Winter in Zermatt has to offer: snow covered hills framed and topped by the magnificent Matterhorn, being able to ski any day of the year (still), and sitting in cozy farm houses dining on produce, milk and meat products raised from the now-snow-covered pastures that surround you. It doesn’t get more local than that.