As you might expect of this town in the Swiss Alps, with the Matterhorn towering in the Background, is known for skiing, climbing and hiking. There are public outdoor ice-skating rinks, and the main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants and bars.
Catholic Churches in Zermatt:
Fairly simple in design, it was renovated in 1980 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the parish. Pastor Eduard Imhof completely renovated the church. A few things have changed inside: to make it even more simple, taking out the confessionals, the pulpit and re-arranging the altar. Not sure that was an improvement but in the wake of Vatican II many “modern” changes were made. Still, it is a Catholic church and the Mass is the Mass. The mural on the ceiling, “Noah’s Ark”, is by Paolo Parente.
Finding the Parish Church of St. Mauritius in Zermatt, Switzerland:
The church is in the center of town, so you cannot miss it.
Address: Englischer Viertel 8, Zermatt 3920, Switzerland
Click here for the official website of the Parish Church of St. Mauritius in Zermatt, Switzerland
The chapels of Zermatt
Up until the mid-20th centuries many local families lived up in the mountains in small hamlets during the summer months (usually mid-June through mid-September) when they could graze their cattle…… and then returned to live in the village during the winter.
There are quite a few chapels and prayer houses in the area as a result of these summer residents.
Click here for a list of the chapels in the Zermatt area.