Yet another beautiful location in the Alps! My husband and I have visited over 12 ski resorts in Europe and while all are beautiful, each one is a little different from the others...in terms of skiing and the atmosphere.
Andermatt is located near the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland. Lucerne is the nearest big city, but you can reach Andermatt from Zurich by train in about 2 hours. The town itself is quite small and has a historic feel (old architecture, narrow roads), but there are plenty of modern amenities. The luxury brand Chedi has a beautiful hotel and spa here (be prepared to spend some big bucks!) and there are several boutique properties. The true character of the city can be found in its small guest houses (Gasthaus) both for the rooms and the restaurants.
There are several ski resorts linked together in this region and you can access all of them by cable car or train from Andermatt (included in the price of the ski pass).
If like me, your other half likes to ski, but you don't....there are plenty of winter walking trails here. Several trails start right in the city. There are also options for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There are a few stores, but Andermatt is not the place to go to shop. The apres ski scene in Andermatt is fairly quiet, no where near the level of many other Alpine resorts. There is a whiskey bar with high end choices and a few on mountain bars that can attract a crowd.
Since Andermatt isn't a huge resort, prices are reasonable...or as least as reasonable as they can be for Switzerland. Expect to pay around $150-$200 per night for a double room in a gasthaus and $50-$75 for dinner (nothing fancy).
Please message me if you would like more information or are interested in a trip to Andermatt.
Tracey is the owner of Unraveled Travel and has traveled to every continent except Antarctica.