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Matterhorn

Trek through scenic Alpine meadows and climb up the Mountain of Mountains, which is among Europe’s tallest rock formations, looming over the resort of Zermatt.

The Matterhorn is among Switzerland’s most iconic landmarks. The imposing Alpine mountain on the Swiss-Italian border is a snow-capped pyramidal peak reaching 14,692 feet (4,478 meters) of elevation. Visit the quaint village of Zermatt and capture photos of this famous emblem of the Swiss Alps.

Climb or watch expert mountaineers climbing the impressive rock formation, which is considered a fairly difficult ascent. The climb begins with the Schwarzsee cable car ride, followed by a hike along the Hörnli Ridge and a rest in the Hörnli Hut. Farther up is the Solvay Hut, which contains several beds and is only for use in emergencies. Reach the peak in the morning, before the daily afternoon clouds and storms arrive.

For a longer but less steep challenge, trek along the 10-day circuit around the mountain, making sure to bring enough food and water for the trip. Capture photos of the intriguing scenery on the trail, consisting of meadows, larch forests and glaciers.

Learn about the geology and history of the mountain by visiting the Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis in Zermatt. It contains exhibits about the first climbers, including tragic and heroic stories. Visit the nearby Alpin Center Zermatt, which provides trained guides and advice for the ascent.

Note that Matterhorn translates to Zermatt’s Peak or Peak of the Meadow, in reference to the fields around the village. German, French and Italian languages are spoken to varying degrees around the area. The mountain has been featured in several movies, including Climbing the Matterhorn, Third Man on the Mountain and Disney’s flight motion simulation Soarin’ Around the World.

The Matterhorn is in the Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps in southern Switzerland. It is next to the Italian border, overlooking the Swiss town of Zermatt in the Valais canton. Visit other peaks in the region, such as the Furggen, the Picco Muzio and the Testa del Leone.


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Marmore AU$199
Marmore

Marmore

VIA CARREL,13, Cervinia
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Cervinia, this hotel is steps away from Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area. Cretaz Ski Lift and Blu Lake are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Hotel Lo Stambecco AU$999
    Hotel Lo Stambecco

    Hotel Lo Stambecco

    Loc. Plan Maison, Breuil-Cervinia, Cervinia, AO
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the mountains, this Cervinia hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Laghi Bianchi Gondola and within 6 mi (10 km) of Plan Maison Ski Lift and Laghi Cime Bianche - Plateau Rosa Cable Car.

      Hotel Schwarzsee
      Hotel Schwarzsee

      Hotel Schwarzsee

      Schwarzsee, Zermatt
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Zermatt, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Furi Ski Area and Matterhorn Express II Cable Car. Riffelberg Express Gondola and Furi - Trockener Steg Cable Car are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        White Angel Hotel
        White Angel Hotel

        White Angel Hotel

        Strada Giomein 52, Cervinia, AO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Cervinia, this spa hotel is steps away from Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area. Cretaz Ski Lift and Blu Lake are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          La Cresta Chalet
          La Cresta Chalet

          La Cresta Chalet

          Via Giomein, 51, Breuil, Cervinia, AO
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Cervinia, this chalet is steps away from Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area. Cretaz Ski Lift and Blu Lake are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Grand Hotel Zermatterhof
            Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

            Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

            Bahnhofstrasse 55, Zermatt, VS
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Zermatt hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps away from Matterhorn Museum and Mountaineers Cemetery. Zermatt Gornergratbahn Station is 5 minutes by foot and Zermatt Station is 6 minutes.

              Hotel Mon Reve
              Hotel Mon Reve

              Hotel Mon Reve

              Strada Giomein 45, Breuil Cervinia, Cervinia, AO
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this hotel in Cervinia is located in the mountains, within 1 mile (2 km) of Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area, and is convenient for winter sports, such as skiing lessons. Cretaz Ski Lift and Plan Maison Ski Lift are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Ski In And Ski Out Apartment In Cervinia
                Ski In And Ski Out Apartment In Cervinia

                Ski In And Ski Out Apartment In Cervinia

                Via Giomein 14, Cervinia, Valle d'Aosta
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cervinia, this romantic apartment building is steps away from Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area. Cervinia Ski Lift is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.