The Matterhorn, Zermatt

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King of the Swiss Alps, the colossal The Matterhorn rises above the picturesque resort town of Zermatt, on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The mountain's summit is 4,478 m (14,692 ft) high, its four steep faces soaring above the surrounding glaciers and facing the four points of the compass. First ascended in 1865 by a team of alpinists led by English mountaineer Edward Whymper, the pyramid-shaped mountain continues to draw ambitious climbers from around the globe. Less audacious visitors can still access sweeping views of the scenery by taking an aerial cable car departing from Zermatt up to a dizzying height of about 3,800 m (12,500 ft). Plan your The Matterhorn visit and explore what else you can see and do in Zermatt using our Zermatt vacation trip planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Because I love climbing this mountain railway and cable car, nothing without the hike just did, old people and children and is recommended to everyone so feel free to enjoy using the means of transport with
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  • August 17, 2017
    You can't go to Switzerland and the Swiss Alps without visiting Zermatt and The Matterhorn. It's absolutely majestic! Go there in the winter to ski near the mountain and get amazing views. Go in the s...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I did this walk one morning, about 2 hours up and 1 back down. It's not easy, be prepared for an uphill slog, especially on the ridge as you approach the hut, but it's worth it. The path is pretty cle...  more »

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Where to stay in Zermatt

When staying in car-free Zermatt, proximity to amenities is key, as you'll be mostly restricted to traveling by foot. Populated by charming Swiss chalet-style hotels and inns, Zermatt may be humble in character, but not in price. Most of the hotels are fairly expensive, though there is the odd hostel and pension that might offer a slight discount. To save yourself a bit of money, look into renting an apartment in lieu of a hotel. If you're really strapped for cash, consider camping instead--this area offers a year-round mild climate.
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