Switzerland: part 2

Nestled in the Matter Valley surrounded by Monte Rosa, the Weisshorn and the Matterhorn is a village called Zermatt. It’s the largest and highest (1,620 m) village in the valley, just north of the Italian border. Zermatt is known for year round skiing, hikes into the mountains, including the Haute Route, and the Matterhorn, one of the deadliest peaks in the Alps. For a stunning view of the Matterhorn, the Gorner Glacier, Zermatt and the valley take the Gornergratbahn rack railway up to the summit of the Gornergrat. Unfortunately for me the weather wasn’t clear so I didn’t get a great look at the Matterhorn. The Gornergrat has a hotel, a chapel and an observatory at 3089 m above sea level.

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Matter Valley

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Gornergrat station

Zermatt is a car-free village to prevent air pollution. There are “electro” taxis and buses running between major hotels and ski-lifts, but it’s not necessary. The village is very small, with only 3 main streets and everything is a maximum of 30 minutes away on foot (as long as you’re not slipping in the snow every 5 steps like I do).

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Zermatt

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Accommodation can be expensive in Zermatt so I only visited for the day. I stayed in another village called Lauterbrunnen which is part of the Jungfrauregion. It was a great location to spend the week as it was easily accessible to the surrounding mountains by train or ski-lift.

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On the train somewhere in Switzerland

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The tiny village of Lauterbrunnen

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