Thursday, September 25, 2008


This swanky skiing and mountaineering resort bathes in the reflected glory of one of the most famous peaks in the Alps, the 4478m Matterhorn. Skiers come here to enjoy virtually year-round skiing and there are 230km (142mi) of runs in the area, catering mainly to intermediate and experienced skiers. The more sedentary come simply to enjoy the awe-inspiring views. For some magical vistas of the Matterhorn and surrounding peaks, take the popular cog-wheel railway to Gornergrat. It's easy to get around Zermatt on foot (the town is car-free) and it's well worth exploring the Hinter Dorf area, which is crammed with traditional tumble-down wooden Valais homes. A walk in the cemetery is a sobering experience for would-be mountaineers. The names of those who attempted the Matterhorn and Mt Rosa and did not live to tell the tale are inscribed on stone monuments.

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