The top three world’s best ski resorts isn't complete without the inclusion of Zermatt, which by quality of the Matterhorn view alone is already a top tourist destination. But aside from the breathtaking and captivating sight of the Matterhorn peak as it dominates the skyline, Zermatt Ski Resort maintains it position as a world best ski resort through a variety of features such as: it's huge expanse of ski-paradise pistes laden with fresh snow, the stunning historic resort village dotted with a mix of modern and traditional wooden chalets, exquisite restaurants, gorgeous cafe's, quaint car-free cobbled streets that boast decadent shopping and vibrant après-ski, and a plethora of activities to consider, including well established Heli-Ski trips. Located just at the southern end of Matter Valley in the upper Valais, one of the Alpine cantons of Switzerland, Zermatt at 1,620 meters altitude sits at the foot of the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak, which has led to its vast tourism development.
- Ever wondered where all of the equipment used during the first climb of the Matterhorn were? Well, the Matterhorn houses them all with great pride in the Alpine Museum within the Month Cervin Hotel, and at the underground Zermatlantis Matterhorn Museum.
- Accessed by cableway, the Gornergat station above 3000 metres provides panoramic above the Glacier paradise and of most of the 38 four thousand-metre peaks rising to the heavens above Zermatt village. A glacier ice palace can be admired 15 metres beneath the ice surface. An opportunity not to be missed!
- In summer, don’t miss the intricate wooden walkways and footpaths weaving between the towering cliffs that make the Gorner Gorge. Here you will find a dramatic display of the power of the forces of nature on the mountain.
- The Matterhorn : Europe's 12th-highest peak
- First Ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 : Ended in tragedy with 4 deaths.
- The Matterhorn was first climbed by : a British man
For a long time, Zermatt was a village of about 400 rural residents isolated and cutoff from the more accessible parts of Switzerland. Situated at the end of the 30 km long valley surrounded by steep 4000 meter mountains without any major road to connect them to the outside world, only a perilous and windy mule track used intermittently by villagers, scientist coming to study and measure the mountains and alpine enthusiasts such as the British who were intent on becoming the first to climb all the 4000 meter peaks. By 1865, only the Matterhorn was still waiting to be conquered. When the first ascent of this famous peak ended in tragedy, with four deaths, the world abroad begins to learn about this mountain with the fascinating pyramid shape. ... Read MoreTourism begins to increase rapidly, and already by the 1880s, 12,000 tourists per year make the arduous trek over the mule trail to Zermatt in order to see the Matterhorn. Alexander Seiler founded the first hotel to capture this tourism: the Hotel Monte Rosa. He knew that in order to bring even more tourists, they needed an easier, faster and more comfortable journey. He successfully campaigned for a new railway connection between Visp and Zermatt, which began to be constructed on 17 November 1888, and completed in 1891, when it finally began a regular summer service to Zermatt. That first summer season tripled the number of tourists to visit Zermatt at 33695 travellers. When the cog railway from Zermatt to Gornergat opened in 1891, tourism increased even more rapidly, and Zermatt’s worldwide fame rose and rose. Less