Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, Zermatt

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Learn about the early climbers who reached the summit of the Matterhorn at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Head underground to this museum, which is set up to resemble a mountain village with 14 houses as well as a church, hotel, huts, and granaries. Learn about the development of the area and the many climbers who frequent it, and see samples of the equipment and gear they use. Watch a film from the 1930s about the competition between Edward Whymper and Jean Antoine Carrel, who each attempted to reach the summit--one from the Swiss side, and one from the Italian side. The museum showcases the broken rope from the first ascent of the mountain in 1865 and one of the two stones that Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier took from the summit and brought with him on the Space Shuttle Endeavour mission in 1993. The museum is centrally located in the village at a walkable distance from other local attractions. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and many more Zermatt attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Zermatt trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • This museum is A LOT larger than I thought it would be. Yes of course it is an underground museum but it's multiple levels and quite expansive! It details a history not only of ascending the Matterhor...  more »
  • The Museum is very informative illustrated in multiple languages. There's a good insight into the world of mountaineers and misfortune in the first ascent. To get super shown and easy on the information.
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  • Well worth a visit, staff are friendly and helpful. There is a lot of information about the first expedition to successfully climb the Matterhorn, although their descent ended in tragedy. Also an inte...  more »
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  • A very interesting museum if you want to learn about the history of the region. Takes about an hour.
  • Small and sweet town in Swiss Apls.
  • Great museum showing the beginning. Worth a visit.
  • Very interesting story about the first Matterhorn ascent, and nice exhibition about old Zermatt lifestyle. Worth a visit.
  • So cool! Learned about the history of Zermatt and the mountaineers that put the Matterhorn on the map.

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