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Matterhorn

Trek through scenic Alpine meadows and climb up the Mountain of Mountains, which is among Europe’s tallest rock formations, looming over the resort of Zermatt.

The Matterhorn is among Switzerland’s most iconic landmarks. The imposing Alpine mountain on the Swiss-Italian border is a snow-capped pyramidal peak reaching 14,692 feet (4,478 meters) of elevation. Visit the quaint village of Zermatt and capture photos of this famous emblem of the Swiss Alps.

Climb or watch expert mountaineers climbing the impressive rock formation, which is considered a fairly difficult ascent. The climb begins with the Schwarzsee cable car ride, followed by a hike along the Hörnli Ridge and a rest in the Hörnli Hut. Farther up is the Solvay Hut, which contains several beds and is only for use in emergencies. Reach the peak in the morning, before the daily afternoon clouds and storms arrive.

For a longer but less steep challenge, trek along the 10-day circuit around the mountain, making sure to bring enough food and water for the trip. Capture photos of the intriguing scenery on the trail, consisting of meadows, larch forests and glaciers.

Learn about the geology and history of the mountain by visiting the Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis in Zermatt. It contains exhibits about the first climbers, including tragic and heroic stories. Visit the nearby Alpin Center Zermatt, which provides trained guides and advice for the ascent.

Note that Matterhorn translates to Zermatt’s Peak or Peak of the Meadow, in reference to the fields around the village. German, French and Italian languages are spoken to varying degrees around the area. The mountain has been featured in several movies, including Climbing the Matterhorn, Third Man on the Mountain and Disney’s flight motion simulation Soarin’ Around the World.

The Matterhorn is in the Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps in southern Switzerland. It is next to the Italian border, overlooking the Swiss town of Zermatt in the Valais canton. Visit other peaks in the region, such as the Furggen, the Picco Muzio and the Testa del Leone.


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Hotel Schwarzsee £195
Hotel Schwarzsee

Hotel Schwarzsee

Schwarzsee, Zermatt
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Zermatt, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Matterhorn Ski Paradise and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Matterhorn. Furi Ski Area and Matterhorn Express II Cable Car are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Hotel Lo Stambecco £72
    Hotel Lo Stambecco

    Hotel Lo Stambecco

    Loc. Plan Maison, Breuil-Cervinia, Cervinia, AO
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the mountains, this Cervinia hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access within 3 mi (5 km) of Laghi Bianchi Gondola, Plan Maison Ski Lift and Breuil-Cervinia Gondola. Laghi Cime Bianche - Plateau Rosa Cable Car is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

      Hotel Europa £71
      Hotel Europa

      Hotel Europa

      Via C. Pellissier 2, Breuil-Cervinia, Cervinia, AO
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located near the slopes, this Cervinia hotel is situated in the mountains and within 1 mile (2 km) of Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area and Cervinia Ski Lift. Cretaz Ski Lift and Breuil-Cervinia Gondola are also within 10 minutes.

        White Angel Hotel
        White Angel Hotel

        White Angel Hotel

        Strada Giomein 52, Cervinia, AO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Cervinia is within 1 mile (2 km) of Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area and Cervinia Ski Lift. Matterhorn Ski Paradise is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away.

          Hotel Mon Reve
          Hotel Mon Reve

          Hotel Mon Reve

          Strada Giomein 45, Breuil Cervinia, Cervinia, AO
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this hotel in Cervinia is in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area and Cervinia Ski Lift, and is convenient for winter sports, such as skiing lessons. Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Cretaz Ski Lift are also within 15 minutes.

            La Cresta Chalet
            La Cresta Chalet

            La Cresta Chalet

            Via Giomein, 51, Breuil, Cervinia, AO
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out chalet in Cervinia is within a 15-minute walk of Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area and Cervinia Ski Lift, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing. Matterhorn Ski Paradise is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

              Ski In And Ski Out Apartment In Cervinia
              Ski In And Ski Out Apartment In Cervinia

              Ski In And Ski Out Apartment In Cervinia

              Via Giomein 14, Cervinia, Valle d'Aosta
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cervinia, this romantic apartment building is steps away from Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area. Cervinia Ski Lift is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

                Aux Pieds du Roi £185
                Aux Pieds du Roi

                Aux Pieds du Roi

                Via C. Pellissier n.4, Cervinia, ao
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cervinia, this golf residence is steps away from Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area. Cervinia Ski Lift is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.