We flew to Geneva, Switzerland as part of a business trip. I was lucky enough to work from the city for two weeks, which gave us time to explore and try out restaurants in the evenings. Then we had a long weekend to explore the beautiful surrounding areas. On our free weekend, we rented a car and drove from Geneva to Zermatt to see the Matterhorn and do some hiking. We stopped through Gruyère on the way to tour the cheese factory, eat some fondue, and hike up the mountains in the area. That night we stayed in Taesch, the closest town to Zermatt that you're allowed to drive to (it is a car-free town). From there we took the train in the morning to Zermatt and hiked the beautiful 5 Lakes Trail with spectacular views of the Matterhorn. We drove back to Geneva that night and finished out the trip back in the city.
Q & A
How was the food?
The fondue restaurant at the cheese factory in Gruyeres!
What tips would you give a friend?
Unless you plan on staying in the area several days, stay in Taesch and take the train to Zermatt for the day. It's so much less expensive to stay there, the train ride is beautiful, and it runs constantly!
Lots of layers! Rain gear, cold weather gear, hiking boots.
Renting a car was the cheapest option for us. There are trains, but they are very expensive if you don't have a membership.
How expensive it was! Prepare your wallet.