Hinterdorf, Zermatt, Switzerland

17th-century warehouse used to store sausages, bread and dried meat

Nestled among traditional chalets and boutique hotels, you will find Zermatt’s oldest quarter, the Hinterdorf.

16th-century pig stall below a traditional house

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 raised houses provide appealing shelter for cold cats!

The Swiss were no dummies: the buildings were all raised up on stone discs to protect against mice.

Care to weather the harsh winter in this house?

Today, most of the buildings seem vacant, but some have been restored and house businesses or are available for rent.

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