"The Matterhorn" Zermatt Favorite Tip by sswagner

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  Morning light descends on the Matterhorn
by sswagner

Favorite thing: I have my theories about why this mountain is so popular. First of all, it is jagged, steep on all sides, and very tall. Many mountains in the world are like this, but most of them blend in with other peaks. The Matterhorn is a freestanding mountain somewhat in isolation from the other peaks. This makes it very dramatic in appearance and thus draws people from all over the world to see it.

There are debates concerning the best vantage point. Some say Gornergrat, others say the center of Zermatt, others will argue in favor of the Schwarzee area. I would recommend as many vantage points as possible and then try and decide that answer. If you are like me, you would probably like all of them.

There is no guarantee that the mountain will be visible during a visit to Zermatt. The best chance is to spend as much time here as possible, and watch the sky at various times of the day. Be sure to check on it at first light or even at sunset. Sometimes, mornings tend to be clearer than the afternoon as the moisture builds on a warm summer day.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 24, 2006
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