Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Zermatt is a touristy town, filled with shops and restaurants and, well, tourists.  But there is some history here, with many of the centuries-old traditional storehouse huts preserved.  Note the disc-shaped stones integrated into the stilts, to keep out mice.

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But the main reason to come here is to see the Matterhorn.   You can see the mountain from the far end of town, but visitors have a choice of 3 conveyances to get up to a higher elevation to gain a better perspective on this famous 14,690 ft. peak.  We chose the Rothorn because of the classic profile view.

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Some hiking is also possible from the various lift stations, through the rocky terrain above the tree line.

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We were lucky to have good weather.  We were told that the Matterhorn is obscured by clouds on an average of two days out of three.

After this quick visit, we are off again, heading for French Switzerland and Lake Geneva.


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