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The Matterhorn, Zermatt

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King of the Swiss Alps, the colossal The Matterhorn rises above the picturesque resort town of Zermatt, on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The mountain's summit is 4,478 m (14,692 ft) high, its four steep faces soaring above the surrounding glaciers and facing the four points of the compass. First ascended in 1865 by a team of alpinists led by English mountaineer Edward Whymper, the pyramid-shaped mountain continues to draw ambitious climbers from around the globe. Less audacious visitors can still access sweeping views of the scenery by taking an aerial cable car departing from Zermatt up to a dizzying height of about 3,800 m (12,500 ft). Plan your The Matterhorn visit and explore what else you can see and do in Zermatt using our Zermatt vacation trip planner.
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  • Went in late May .. there was still snow but it wasn't as cold as we'd feared .. I wore several layers and a scarf . .,no coat .. just thin long sleeved shifts and a jacket .. but i was very comfortab...  more »
  • The person selling the tickets at the booth didn't warn us that the paradise will be closed by the time we got up! She only told us we will have around 30 min to visit by the time we bought the ticket...  more »
  • Excellent views, totally worth it. Consider bringing swimsuit for a dive in the lakes. No experience needed for this path, quite easy.  more »

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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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