Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Swiss 2 - Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

So often you just stumble upon great things without much research. After an idle day in Zermatt and comparing how the area fell short of Bernese Oberland, I wondered what else to do. I decided to the cable car to the top of the Klein Matterhorn - To Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Views from the top
The Klein Matterhorn (Little Matterhorn) is the highest point in the Zermatt-Cervinia ski area in Switzerland. It is also the highest cable car serviced summit in Europe.

Cross at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
The cable car to the top of the Matterhorn is the highest cable car in Europe. 
Sheets of ice cover the mountain top

The peak is at 3,883 metres with the cable car terminal at 3,820 metres.

There are three stages in the journey to the top of the summit with journey time of 50 mins on each side.

From the top you can get views of Italy. On a clear day even Mont Blanc - the tallest mountain in Alps is visible. The day I went was not that day.

It costs about CHF 64 to get to the top or CHF 32 if you hold a Swiss pass, but the money charged is worth every penny.

Other posts on Switzerland:

Swiss 1 - 5 reasons why Switzerland is the perfect world

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