Zermatt - Matterhorn
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Zermatt - The village without cars
Zermatt, at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn, is a world without cars. Electric-cars and horse-drawn sleighs and carriages are the only transport allowed.
Come to car-free Zermatt - the perfect Alpine resort for rest and relaxation
This idyllic mountain village at the foot of the Matterhorn has developed into one of the biggest summer and winter resorts. There are no motorised vehicles in Zermatt. Besides electrically-powered cars and bicycles, the only form of transport allowed is horse-drawn sleighs and carriages.
You will find the best conditions here for a restful and relaxing holiday.
It is easy to get around in Zermatt. Most distances can easily be covered on foot.
Zermatt has two routes with electrically-powered buses which serve all major intersections. In winter the bus service is included in the ski-pass.
"Electro" taxis and horse-drawn carriages
Matterhorn (4,478 metres above sea level)
It is Switzerland's most famous landmark, the most beautiful mountain in the world and considered by many true mountaineers to be the peak of all peaks: the Matterhorn
Each year hordes of climbers from all corners of the globe attempt to scale the Matterhorn. And it is a genuine challenge, too: those venturing up the peak don't just have to be very fit and have prior mountaineering experience, but above all they need a good head for heights, because the route to the top is highly exposed.
The history of the Matterhorn
The Matterhorn is not so much a fad, but an obsession. The Horn was first conquered 140 years ago on 14th July 1865. Four of the seven young men - lead by Englishman Edward Whymper - attempting the ascent lost their lives. Even today rumours surrounding this dramatic event, which made the small village of Zermatt world-famous overnight, are rife. Was it an accident or was it murder? The original rope from that first expedition that tore during the descent is on display today in Zermatt's Matterhorn Museum.
Most mountaineers now take the Hörnligrat (North-East face) for their fist ascent. The normal route starts on the Swiss side with a hike from Zermatt-Schwarzsee to Matterhornhütte (Hörnli Hut, 3260 m above sea level) and the neighbouring Mountain House Matterhorn. From here a 4 to 5-hour climb up the Hörnligrat leads to the summit. The Solvayhütte, which has been set up as an emergency refuge, is about half way up (4003 m). An estimated 3000 mountain climbers try their luck on the Horn each year. Many give up because they are not fit enough.