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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 Lo Stambecco

Hotel Lo Stambecco

Loc. Plan Maison, Cervinia
2.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the mountains, this Cervinia hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access is 0 mi (0 km) from Laghi Bianchi Gondola and within 6 mi (10 km) of Plan Maison Ski Lift and Laghi Cime Bianche - Plateau Rosa Cable Car. Breuil-Cervinia Gondola is 3.1 mi (5.1 km) away.

Hotel Mon Reve

Hotel Mon Reve

Strada Giomein 45, Cervinia
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this hotel in Cervinia is in the mountains, within a 10-minute walk of Cretaz Ski Lift and Cervinia Ski Lift, and close to winter activities such as skiing lessons. Breuil-Cervinia Gondola and Blu Lake are also within 2 mi (3 km).

White Angel Hotel

White Angel Hotel

Strada Giomein 52, Cervinia
3.9
of 5, from 12 reviews
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Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Cervinia is within a 15-minute walk of Cretaz Ski Lift, Cervinia Ski Lift, and Breuil-Cervinia Gondola. Plan Maison Ski Lift and Laghi Bianchi Gondola are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Hermitage And Spa

Hotel Hermitage And Spa

Via Piolet 1, Cervinia
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Cervinia, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Breuil-Cervinia Gondola and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Matterhorn. Cretaz Ski Lift and Cervinia Ski Lift are also within 15 minutes.

Hotel Jumeaux

Hotel Jumeaux

Piazza Jumeaux, 1, Cervinia
3.0 out of 5.0

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Cervinia hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cretaz Ski Lift, Cervinia Ski Lift, and Breuil-Cervinia Gondola. Laghi Bianchi Gondola and Blu Lake are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hostellerie des Guides

Hostellerie des Guides

Via Jean Antoine Carrel 32, Cervinia
3.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
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Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cretaz Ski Lift and Breuil-Cervinia Gondola. Cervinia Ski Lift and Blu Lake are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Bucaneve

Bucaneve

Piazza Jumeaux 10, Breuil-Cervinia, Cervinia
5.0
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Cervinia hotel is in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Cretaz Ski Lift and Breuil-Cervinia Gondola, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Cervinia Ski Lift and Blu Lake are also within 2 mi (3 km).