Nestled among traditional chalets and boutique hotels, you will find Zermatt’s oldest quarter, the Hinterdorf.
Here, in this cluster of homes by the river, you are whisked back to the 15th century and can imagine all too well what it would have been like to endure harsh Alpine weather in ancient wooden chalets and traditional barns.
The Swiss were no dummies: the buildings were all raised up on stone discs to protect against mice.
Today, most of the buildings seem vacant, but some have been restored and house businesses or are available for rent. Tweet