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Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt

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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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  • The views are incredible, worse only can be reached with the cable car (except that an experienced Mountaineer), and it is pricey, but well worth.
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  • On the Klein Matterhorn, both Italians that the Swiss, are completing the construction of a high altitude that will cross without skiing this area of Italy to Switzerland Rose through the glacier in summer. The Klein Matterhorn is the node of the main passage. Breathtaking views from the terrace 3900mt
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  • Phenomenal view at 3800m, with a restaurant, a cinema, a panoramic view, and when you're all done you can take the first slope and get down gain!  more »
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  • Best viewing point for the actual Matterhorn. Sadly, when we were there was one cloud which blocked the view of the Matterhorn
  • Really amazing view from the top! One of the best high altitude skiing experiences ever! This place is absolutely worth a visit!
  • It's route is best place to photograph Matterhorn. You can not get any closer than that.
  • 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.
  • Stunning views. Like being on the top of the world!