Triangular. A cragged rock “tooth” ranging into the heavens. Standing alone on the horizon. A magnet for alpinists, aesthetic emblem, mountain with ideal proportions. Rugged rock with magical light. Playing in a sea of clouds and horizontal colouring. Seeing enough of the Matterhorn? Not possible!
Perfect by nature
Have you never seen the Matterhorn? Not seen it in ages? Then now is the time. Nature holidays in the Alps at the foot of Switzerland’s iconic landmark.
Attractions and Excursions near the Matterhorn
There are a wide variety of different attractions to be discovered around the Matterhorn. A top excursion is Gornergrat. On this three-thousand metre mountain ridge there is a viewing platform with a truly unforgettable view of the Matterhorn and the surrounding mountain world. Or if you prefer, the Matterhorn can also be admired from the Rothorn. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the highest summer ski region in Europe and is open 365 days a year. And there is still plenty to do when the sun isn’t shining! The Matterhorn Museum explains the historic development of Zermatt from a mountain village to an Alpine holiday resort and also has many photographs and facts about the first ascent of the Matterhorn.
Matterhorn: The Jewel of the Swiss Alps
At 4,478 metres, the majestic Matterhorn – certainly the most famous mountain in Europe – looms over the breathtaking Alpine panorama. This Switzerland landmark is at the border of the western Swiss canton of Valais between Zermatt and the Italian resort of Breuil-Cervinia, and offers a paradise for all nature-lovers looking for peace and quiet. Its symmetric pyramid shape, the rocky tooth reaching the sky and the light reflections of the nearby Stellisee make the Matterhorn’s landscape a unique natural spectacle in Zermatt.
What hiking enthusiasts should know
- On the 14th July 1865, Edward Whymper and his team completed the first ascent of the Matterhorn after others had made several unsuccessful attempts.
- One of the most popular and easy routes is the Hörnligrat, which essentially goes from Zermatt via the Hörnli Hut.
- The Matterhorn does not have a cable car and therefore offers experienced sports enthusiasts a new challenge – climbing the mountain themselves!