Ranked #1 in Switzerland Tourism
When Matterhorn was first climbed, none of the seven members of that first alpinist group in 1865 knew the climb will cost the lives of four in their company. As sad as that may be to hear, it only fueled the determination of tens of mountaineers after them who, after a prolonged isolation of the region, came to test their experience and skill on Matterhorn, which by then became a name known the world over.
This Swiss terrain where only experts can hope to make a trip out of affords a view so grand it’s something taken out of the pages of Creation and its origins. One such view is gotten from the very top of the Klein-Matterhorn (Matterhorn Paradise), also called ‘Little Matterhorn’. It’s separated from Matterhorn proper by Theodul Pass and Glacier and can be reached using a funicular system.
Visitors can get to partake of such magnificence too. If you’re not an ace mountaineer with years of experience using tough gear and equipment to climb the toughest mountain terrain, you’re probably a visitor. In that case, you’ll be give access to an aerial cable car in Zermatt. The Alps are a very extensive region and, at 3820 meters above sea level, the highest cable car station in the Alps sits prominently to transport visitors to a place of sheer beauty.
This gigantic mountain shaped like a pyramid is oft-considered to be the most photographed in the world. Even the Swiss hold it close to their hearts. Here the Matterhorn is called “Z’horu” in the local Valesan Swiss-German dialect.
If you can afford a VIP copter ride, the view of the Matterhorn promises to transform the way you’ll look at Nature from here on out. At an altitude of 4000 meters, you’re certain to find that promise being kept.
Zermatt, where the largest cable car station is hosted, is also home to a high-end ski resort. Both summer and winter seasons see a huge turnout here, to the point that it’s almost perennially full. Booking in advance can save you disappointment.
Aside from the Matterhorn, check out the Jungfraujoch and the Glacier Express, both of which are highly regarded attractions here in Switzerland and the Alps. The Jungfraujoch is the second biggest attraction here after you know what. There is such a thing as the largest glacier and the largest in Europe—the Aletsch Glacier—can be seen from the top of the Jungfraujoch. This mountain is also home to the Sphinx Observation and the Ice Palace, both of which are worth checking out, even returning twice to.
Let’s return to Zermatt. This cogwheel train takes about 40 minutes to carry you to the top of Matterhorn where you can enjoy the somewhat-literally breathtaking view at 3000 meters, from where you can also see the Monte Rosa glacier. It’s advisable for you to get an eurail pass so you can see discounts on travel prices in the region.
Matterhorn is worth every second spent getting here and spending time hereabouts. With all this hype behind a mountain that boasts such a glorious place in the hearts of people the world over, you can certainly hope to get more than you bargained for. Meaning, you’ll be crafting priceless memories the likes of which only the power and beauty of Nature can forge.