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Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt

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4.7/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
The Klein Matterhorn is a peak of the Pennine Alps, overlooking Zermatt in the Swiss canton of Valais. At above sea level, it is the highest place in Europe that can be reached by aerial tramway, as well as by any other means of transport. The Klein Matterhorn is part of the Breithorn massif and overlooks on its south side the almost equally high flat glacier named Breithorn Plateau, just north of the international border with Italy. The name "Klein Matterhorn" is a reference to its much larger neighbour, the Matterhorn, which lies 7 km away across the Theodul Pass. The Klein Matterhorn, with the adjacent ski-lifts to the slightly higher Gobba di Rollin, is also a year-round ski area, marketed as "Matterhorn Glacier Paradise", and part of the international ski area between Zermatt and Breuil-Cervinia.Construction of the Klein Matterhorn cable car liftEven before the construction license application was filed, the building promoter had to negotiate with the Swiss Alpine Club and with the Swiss Nature Conservation Society. These discussions resulted in two large natural reserve zones (the "Matterhorn" region and the "Monte Rosa" region). The third area (the "Schwarzsee-Theodul Glacier-Klein Matterhorn" region) was designated as a tourist zone.Licensing was further delayed until 1969 by the citizens of Zermatt filing a complaint to the governing council of the Canton of Valais. In December 1970, the Swiss government finally gave permission for the cable way, but progress was further delayed until 1973 by objections from environmentalists. Eventually, on 17 December 1973, the Federal Council rejected objections and granted a construction license.
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  • Very high! Makes 10 degrees. Has a good diner. Has very nice ice Museum and film. Has skiing in October.
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  • We went up to the klein Matterhorn, to have a good look at the big Matterhorn. The Gondola will bring you there from Zermatt. But be aware, up there on almost 4000 m it's really very very cold and win...  read more »
  • Quite expensive cablecar trip but worth every penny. When you visit Zermatt this is a must to do. Cablecar is not running during strong winds. 
  • Really amazing view from the top! One of the best high altitude skiing experiences ever! This place is absolutely worth a visit!
  • Charging CHF2 to use the bathrooms here is inexcusable! Given the amount people are paying to use the ski lifts at Zermatt, the least they could do is make the toilets free. The glacier palace also used to be included in the ski lift price but now you have to pay for an additional ticket. The money-grabbing really sours the experience here. I was so outraged that I decided to ski to Testa Grigio to use the free toilets there.
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