Of Zermatt's numerous fondue joints, my favorite is the Whymper-Stube on the lower level of the legendary Hotel Monte Rosa. Perhaps it's for the historic connection—Englishman Edward Whymper allegedly plotted the first ascent of the Matterhorn here in 1865—or perhaps it's simply because the restaurant serves some of the town's tastiest fondues and raclette (a local mountain cheese that's melted and scraped onto a mound of new potatoes, gherkins, and pearl onions). There are several different types of gooey cheese fondue, including the option to have all three types at once for those who can't decide. There are also tasty meat fondues. The snug dining room is appropriately rustic, with its stone floor, candles, and age-darkened wood-paneled walls.