Mountainous Monday,  Switzerland

Mountainous Monday: The Matterhorn

One of Switzerland most famous peaks is the Matterhorn. This iconic mountain is also called Monte Cervino (Italian name) or Mont Cervin (French name). With 4.478 meters, the Matterhorn is one of highest peaks in Switzerland and the Alps. The famous pyramid shaped peak gives the mountains his unique character and charisma.

The Matterhorn is located in the Canton Wallis and it is a very famous tourist attraction for the town of Zermatt. To get a good view of the Matterhorn a visit to Zermatt is recommended, where you can use the Gornergrat Train to the Gornergrat station (nickname: the Matterhorn Railway) or the Klein Matterhorn cable car. The Klein Matterhorn brings you all the way up to 3.883 meter above sealevel with great views of all the surrounding mountains.

The Swiss village of Zermatt is full of tourists and mountain climbers in the summer. Especially many Japanese tourists visit Zermatt every year for one of the many views on the mountain. Zermatt is a unique town were cars are not allowed, to keep the town free from automobiles you have to park your car in Täsch for example and come in by train.

The Matterhorn is also used by Swiss companies in their logo’s. The biggest illustration is the brand logo of Toblerone. You can find this Swiss chocolate brand at almost any airport in the world.

Here are some pictures I took during my last climbing trip in Switzerland. Credits also go out to fellow climber Gijs Jacobs.

Matterhon_with_gornerglacier_2Matterhorn flowers Matterhorn selfie Matterhorn sunset Matterhorn with climbers Matterhorn_sunrise Path Matterhorn Matterhon_with_gornerglaciergornergletscher
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