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“Number one experience in Zermatt”

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
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4-Day Switzerland Tour from Zurich Including Mt Titlis Cable Car
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Rothorn - Best view to the Matterhorn
Ranked #3 of 74 things to do in Zermatt
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 m), with its new restaurant, sets fresh standards in sustainable development. The views of the highest mountains in Italy, France and Switzerland are breathtaking. The ski area on the Theodul Glacier is open 365 days a year. Matterhorn glacier paradise – a world of adventures. From here, mountaineers and hikers accompanied by mountain guides set off to scale the Breithorn (4,164 m), a 2.5-hour climb up the perennial snows; for many hikers, this is their first ascent of a 4,000-metre peak. On some days, the views from the observation platform are so clear they seem to stretch as far as the Mediterranean. Mont Blanc (4,810 m) in France, the highest mountain in the Alps, towers above its neighbours; the summit of the Gran Paradiso (4,061 m), Italy’s highest peak, is often also visible. The air up here is thin, so visitors should take plenty of time to explore. This is also the summit of the international ski area, open 365 days a year, and the gateway to Europe’s largest summer ski area. The Matterhorn from a fresh angle Up here, right by the Italian border, visitors see a very different side of the Matterhorn. This comes as a surprise: the view is very different to the one from the Gornergrat or the Rothorn, it’s as if the Matterhorn has acquired a new look. In fact this vantage point offers the finest view of the mountain’s south face. Summer training for national ski teams Anyone seeking the autograph of an international ski star has the best chances of success up at Matterhorn glacier paradise. In summer, nearly all the world’s national ski teams train for the speed disciplines up on the glacier, and all the athletes have to pass through the summit station to access the summer pistes. All year: •Audio system on the ride to the summit with information about the alpine world, the cog railway and much more •Observation platform with summit cross, photo point and information panel on the mountain panorama •Inside the mountain: observation window looking out over the Breithorn •Cinema Lounge •Restaurant with shop •Matterhorn glacier paradise lodge with accommodation •Meeting room •Glacier palace, the highest in Europe •Direct access to the ski pistes (365 days a year, including on the Theodul Glacier) •Ski pistes linked to Italy (both winter and summer) •Photo subjects: Matterhorn, Breithorn, Weisshorn and other celebrity mountains •InfoCube - 3S Bahn Summer: •Summer ski area, 21 km of piste •Snow Park Zermatt at the Plateau Rosa •Snowtubing
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
London, United Kingdom
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“Number one experience in Zermatt”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

This is simply the best and most important experience one can have in Zermatt. Pray that you have good weather as otherwise the breathtaking views are hidden among the clouds. The infrastructure is mind boggling, offering a truly safe and comfortable ride up to 4000 meters. We left our mobile phone in one of the cabins and only noticed it after the cabin had left the station. No problem - the staff was more than helpful and our phone returned within 12 minutes in one of the cabins.

Visited September 2013
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“Top of the World”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

There are at least three things that someone could be reviewing here - the trip up, the destination, or the slopes going down. We weren't skiing, just looking to get up up up into the Alps. We were not disappointed. Without discounts, some folks seem to get sticker shock, but 100 ChF round trip to Keine Matterhorn, given what it must have cost to build such a lift system, and given the type of view that will last a lifetime in memory, seemed pretty fair to me.

Visited September 2013
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“amazing views”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

Ride up to here was breathtaking - if you dont like heights dont try it!!!! Views from top just amazing and still snow up there in September. Inside of glacier very well done. If you have problems breathing this is not for you as air is a lot thinner up there and you become breathless very quickly

Visited September 2013
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“Matterhorn Glacier Trail: From Trockener Steg to Schwarzsee”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

When I was young, I read a book named Mountain Adventures. The chapter about a beautiful mountain by the name of Matterhorn inspired me in particular with the stories about those brave men that were not afraid from the intimidating challenge of this mountain. They struggled to their physical limits – some succeeded but many perished.
Having known that I am not up to the task of climbing this mighty mountain – I have been dreaming to at least approach the mountain at its east side as near as possible. The east side is the steep rocky slope where many crazy mountaineers tried to climb.
This opportunity came this year. We came to Zermatt for a week and settled in a holiday apartment. In the morning we went to the cable way station only to find out that the direct cable car that goes to Trockener Steg does not operate. So we took the long way via Schwarzsee. Upon disembarking at Trockener (2939m) – we immediately started to walk.
The trail is wide and easy in the beginning. It starts with a descend to a lake, then turns left along the lake shore and ascend until reaching a huge plateau. This area used to be covered by snow and ice until 30 years ago. Now the ice receded (due to the global warm-up) and exposed a unique terrain, full of stones, rocks and boulders of all kinds and colors. If you watch and read carefully all what is written on the plenty information boards that are scattered along the trail – chances are that have earned your admittance to Geology studies in the university.
The whole plateau looks like a desolated wilderness, with hard to notice green pockets here and there. The mountains with the snow and ice around add to the intimidating feeling. Sometime I felt stranded in the desert.
The plateau ends with descend towards two glaciers that flow at the Matterhorn basis. A huge moraine marks the division line between them. The trail follows the glaciers until their melting point where an impassable strong water stream blocks the way. A nice and effective metal bridge was built across the stream for safety passage of the hikers. This is probably the closest that you get to the Matterhorn basis. From there the trail ascends towards Hirli at 2780m. On the left side – the trail to Hörnlihütte is clearly visible with metal ladders built literally in the air, adjacent to vertical rocks - certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Reaching Hirli – it was like revealing a new world. All of a sudden the desert is forgotten and flora is just everywhere. The deep descend towards Schwarzsee was not easy, but we had to do it quickly as the time for the cable car station close was imminent. Check before you start the shutdown time of the cable car station – they differ along the seasons.
The trail took us 4.5 hours to complete. Big experience, highly recommended.

Visited August 2013
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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“The View is Awesome”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Get an early start to beat the crowds and if the day is clear like it was when I went up you can clearly see the entire mountain range from the viewing platform. You can see several four-thousand meter mountain peaks in France, Italy as well as Switzerland. For the adventurer there is skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing and mountain biking available. There is a restaurant and shop at the top to rest and get a bite to eat.

Visited August 2013
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