Explore the beauty of the Matterhorn mountain – the iconic symbol of Switzerland
When it comes to Switzerland, people will definitely think of the beautiful Matterhorn mountain, alongside the exquisite luxury watches and the world’s most reputable banking system, which have become symbols of this country.
Switzerland is a country with a majority of its land area situated above sea level, with three-quarters of its terrain being mountains. In fact, many tourists visiting Switzerland often remark that no matter where they stand, they can always see mountains.
Because of this, the lives and activities of the Swiss people are closely intertwined not only with the beautiful lakes that stretch across the country, such as Blausee and Lake Lugano, but also with the mountains, particularly the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn, often regarded as the most beautiful mountain in the world, has become an iconic symbol of Switzerland.
The majestic Matterhorn peak is an iconic symbol of Switzerland.
The Matterhorn is located on the border between Switzerland and Italy. This Swiss tourist destination may not be the highest peak in the Alps, but it possesses a uniquely stunning landscape that is rare to find elsewhere. Firstly, the mountain has a distinctive shape. When viewed from a distance, it appears like a majestic pyramid crafted by nature, with four triangular faces converging at the summit. It is a mysteriously alluring attraction, as if the edges of the mountain were precisely carved by a colossal sculptor of nature. Another remarkable feature is that the four sides of the Matterhorn resemble the cardinal directions of a gigantic compass.
Every time you admire the scenery at dawn or dusk, you will sense the mountain seemingly rising from the ground, gradually soaring higher than its surroundings until it becomes a sharp pinnacle reaching for the sky. Due to the steepness of all four faces, there is very little snow and ice clinging to them, giving the mountain a distinct and impressive appearance. Though not the highest, with its elevation of over 4,478 meters above sea level, the Matterhorn consistently ranks among the tallest peaks in Switzerland and Europe, with its steep slopes.
The Matterhorn has a shape resembling a pyramid, with four triangular faces converging at a single summit.
If you stand on the Matterhorn on clear sunny days with a blue sky, you can see the summit of Mont Blanc, covered in white snow all year round. This is truly a rare opportunity in a lifetime as you get to admire both the highest peaks of the Alps simultaneously. Mont Blanc stands at a height of 4,810 meters and remains the tallest mountain in the renowned European mountain range.
The journey to conquer the summit of Matterhorn.
From ancient times to the present day, conquering high peaks, experiencing the feeling of overcoming challenges, and triumphing over obstacles have always been the goals pursued by humans. That’s why crossing endless glaciers, ascending to towering mountain peaks has been the desire of those who enjoy exploration, adventure, and love for nature. Especially in Switzerland – a land where from major cities like Bern and Zurich to charming small towns adorned with white snow like Zermatt, there are tall mountains and deep lakes, conquering beautiful landmarks is a beloved activity of the people here.
Conquering the summit of Matterhorn is always a goal pursued by many people.
The first attempts to conquer the summit of Matterhorn took place in 1865. However, this journey was far from easy, quite dangerous, and led to several accidents. Nevertheless, the first mountaineering expeditions forever changed this mountainous region. Since then, the Matterhorn has ceased to be a desolate and entirely isolated place. It has become a destination that all renowned mountaineers with ambitions crave to conquer at least once.
Especially from the late 19th century, with the construction and widespread availability of railways, the journey to conquer Matterhorn attracted numerous tourists and a large number of mountain sports enthusiasts. Just like visiting the village of Iseltwald after the craze of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” or the captivating festivals in Switzerland that attracted a large number of visitors, the quests to conquer the highest peaks of this beautiful country also surged unexpectedly during that time.
Matterhorn is not only an icon of Switzerland but also of the entire Alps mountain range.
Matterhorn possesses a stunning and unique landscape that captivates visitors from all over the world.
Nowadays, you can easily ascend to a small peak of the Matterhorn mountain thanks to a special train route. From there, you can freely admire the renowned pyramid-shaped mountain peak. Although there is no official statistical data, according to the claims of many tourists, the Matterhorn of Switzerland is the most photographed mountain peak in the world, with Mount Fuji of Japan coming in second.
Exploring the snowy land at the foot of the Matterhorn The nearest town located at the foot of the Matterhorn is the snow-covered region of Zermatt. From this fairytale land, visitors can take a cable car up to the Matterhorn and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the mountain as well as the picturesque surroundings.
Most Switzerland tours that include exploring Matterhorn start from the town of Zermatt and conclude at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. This journey takes approximately 40-45 minutes (excluding the time for stops and activities at each stage).
Standing tall at an elevation of 4,478 meters, the Matterhorn in the Alps mountain range is also the most photographed mountain in the world.
The first stop of this exciting journey is Furi at an altitude of 1,867 meters. First, you will pass through lush green forests and meadows outside the town of Zermatt. Then, you will switch to another cable car and continue soaring above the forests and crossing rocky plateaus with towering peaks, reaching an altitude of 2,939 meters, near the Upper Theodul Glacier. This is the Trockener Steg station. At this location, most visitors choose to spend quite some time to fully admire the magnificent and spectacular scenery of the Matterhorn.
Leaving the Trockener Steg station, you will pass through several other stops on your way to the summit of the Matterhorn, such as Klein Matterhorn (also known as the Little Matterhorn), Breithorn, and Theodul. If the Matterhorn’s summit is not covered in snow due to its steep slopes, the Theodul area is surrounded by snow and ice year-round. That’s why when you arrive here, don’t be surprised to see people skiing even in the summer. Additionally, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Glacier Palace, an ice castle located 15 meters below the surface of the glacier. It’s a fascinating and awe-inspiring experience for anyone who comes here.
Watching the sunrise from the summit of Matterhorn is undoubtedly a magnificent and unforgettable experience for any traveler.
And finally, to reach the summit of Klein Matterhorn, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the highest peaks in Switzerland, you must take the highest cable car in Europe. This journey takes visitors to the renowned Glacier Paradise, the top golf course in Europe, located on the summit of Klein Matterhorn. As you step out of the parking area, you will officially embark on a climb up hundreds of metal steps built into the rock face of Klein Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, offering a breathtaking 360-degree view of the majestic Alps. This area lies between three European countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France. A total of 38 peaks with an altitude of over 4,000 meters can be observed from here. Prepare yourself mentally, as you will undoubtedly be mesmerized by the stunning surroundings, including towering mountains, glaciers, and perpetual white snow.
Matterhorn is also considered the most beautiful mountain in the world.
The cable car journey up to Klein Matterhorn is incredibly exciting, but visitors can also easily feel the thrill while strolling around the charming town of Zermatt. This small, picturesque town, covered in snow, lies right beneath the highest peak in Switzerland and is adorned with numerous historic wooden houses built on four small stilts, with a cement base as the ground floor. It feels like stepping into a fairy tale we all heard when we were young.
What makes it even more fascinating is that no matter which angle you are at during your journey in Zermatt, you can always catch a glimpse of the Matterhorn following your footsteps. And perhaps the most memorable moment is when you pause at a beer tavern in the town, savoring a glass of fresh beer while “drinking in” the image of Matterhorn through the crystal-clear beer during the Swiss winter season.
Zermatt town shines brilliantly at night.
Travelers can commute from Zermatt town to Matterhorn via cable car.
A small suggestion for you when visiting Zermatt and conquering Matterhorn is to consider camping if you want to save money. Since the cost of living in Switzerland is high, even small hotels can be quite expensive. Moreover, these campsites are clean and equipped with facilities. Choosing this accommodation option allows you to save a significant amount of money while enjoying the gentle nature right next to you, indulging in a peaceful sleep with the gentle breeze and the soothing sounds of rustling trees or the pleasant melody of the nearby stream.
Will be delighted to discover that no matter where you are, you will always have the majestic Matterhorn mountain accompanying you.
After experiencing the magnificent and vast beauty of the Matterhorn mountain and exploring the charming town of Zermatt, most Swiss tourists can feel the fresh air of this stunning mountainous region along with a unique tranquility rarely found elsewhere.
Especially after spending peaceful days in a land without any motor vehicles, with minimal smoke and pollution, where one can simply look around and be greeted by a breathtaking natural landscape. Towering mountain peaks, sprawling glaciers, and nearby quaint wooden houses that seem to have emerged from a fairy tale. Occasionally, a few young shepherds with their flocks of sheep and goats leisurely stroll through the meadows. All of these elements create an unforgettable impression during your visit to the highest mountain in Switzerland.