Alpinists climb the Matterhorn (4,478 m) - still fascinated, even today, by the traces of the first men to conquer the mountain, two mountain guides of Zermatt with Edward Whymper. They succeeded in reaching the summit of the mountain of mountains via the Hoernligrat Ridge in 1865. In 2015, Zermatt will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first ascent with numerous major events.
Guests can comfortably reach the centre of the alpine village by train. Zermatt has always been car-free. Here, you go everywhere by foot, or use the horse-drawn carriages or the electric taxis, which transport passengers and luggage through the narrow streets.
Summer time in Zermatt - Täsch - Randa
The villages at the foot of the Matterhorn are dominated by the Alpine landscape. At an altitude of 1,620 m, mountain flowers bloom around Zermatt railway station, while ice cliffs and eternal snow lie above on the glaciers. More than 400 km of hiking trails lead past lakes and pass through larch and pine forests on red-and-white marked trails, where the silhouette of the Matterhorn is reflected in the still waters of two lakes. Ibex, chamois and marmots can be seen. Higher up, where sure-footedness and a head for heights are required, the white-blue marked hiking trails open up access to the Alpine level, where glaciers, cliffs and the occasional eagle characterise the landscape. Alpinists are drawn even higher. The Breithorn (4,164 m) is the easiest 4,000-metre summit, and can be easily reached from the Matterhorn glacier paradise (3,880 m) in an ascent of almost three hours. As the ascent leads over the glacier, it is recommended to go with a local mountain guide.