Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt

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Discover Switzerland's iconic winter wonderland by visiting Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest cable car station in the Alps. Europe's highest viewing platform, the station sits 3,800 m (12,500 ft) above sea level and provides unbeatable views of the surrounding mountains peaks and glaciers. Over half a million visitors complete the multi-stage cable car journey each year, lured by the ski area's famous slopes and trails. If you get tired of taking in those sweeping views from the comfort of the summit's observation platform, try to conquer one of the region's 4,000 m (13,100 ft) peaks on a guided adventure with expert mountaineers. Save time by booking your excursion tickets and ski passes online. Before you head to Zermatt, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Zermatt vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Zermatt has to offer, including Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
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  • The trip from Zermatt is not cheap but it is not to be missed. On a fine day the views are really spectacular. Mix with skiers and climbers who are coming and going. The ice cave with ice sculptures i...  more »
  • The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is a 45 minute cable car ride out of Zermatt. It takes you to a viewing platform at 3,883m. The views are spectacular and provide a very unique perspective of the Matte...  more »
  • sure, it's expensive, but worthy! you will never forget the view. went there with my family, we were all impressed. on the way down you can stop a lower station and walk back. we stopped at Trockener ...  more »
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  • Great views. A little pricey at a 100 Franks a person to get all the way to the top and back. The prices includes the glacier paradise and observation deck. Oxygen level is low at the top so don't run. Pay attention to the departure times if you stop on your way up or down at the restaurants. When they close they close. No warning, no horn NO NOTIFICATIONS THE LAST LIFT IS LEAVING. YOU WILL HAVE TO HIKE DOWN.
  • Spectacular 360° view of dozens of peaks and the beautiful glacier. To reach it there is an elevator after getting off the cablecar, it's easy to miss so pay attention! Unfortunately after the elevator you'll still have to go up a ramp of stairs, so it's not accessible to people with physical disabilities.
  • It is expensive but the view is truly spectacular both on the way up and at the top. The food at the restaurant was tasty although service can be a little slow. Given the cost to get up there and the prices at the restaurant, paying extra for the toilets seems somewhat excessive although you can claim that back if you eat at the restaurant. One thing to note is that the altitude definitely makes the air thinner and if you are not used to it, it can make any form of exertion difficult.
  • You need to take a total of 3 cable cars to reach the top. The view is amazing and breathtaking. It can be quite crowded in the morning because people are going up to ski.
  • Great to visit the glacier world at almost 4000 m. And don't forget to visit Schwarzsee paradise, you can spot some lovely flowers in spring & summer. A great place to see the Matterhorn real close.

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Where to stay in Zermatt

When staying in car-free Zermatt, proximity to amenities is key, as you'll be mostly restricted to traveling by foot. Populated by charming Swiss chalet-style hotels and inns, Zermatt may be humble in character, but not in price. Most of the hotels are fairly expensive, though there is the odd hostel and pension that might offer a slight discount. To save yourself a bit of money, look into renting an apartment in lieu of a hotel. If you're really strapped for cash, consider camping instead--this area offers a year-round mild climate.
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