All eyes are on the Matterhorn

The Matterhorn, the king of mountains, is the most-photographed mountain in the world. It is myth and emblem for Alpinists and photographers alike, as well as Switzerland’s most famous landmark and symbol. In 2015, Zermatt will celebrate its mountain in the context of numerous events, all relating to the first ascent of the famous mountain by Zermatt mountain guides and Englishman Edward Whymper in 1865, 150 years ago.

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Romantic light in Zermatt’s mountain world

An absolute must for the romantics among us. Sunrise and sunset are magic times when sublime colour effects paint the highest mountains in Switzerland around Zermatt. As the light fades, the colours become more vibrant. Cable cars take you up to the most stunning colours of the sky.

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Climbing the Riffelhorn – the dream of all recreational climbers

The Riffelhorn is quite simply a climber’s paradise – good rock, fantastic views and easily accessible. Now a new route named the “Bartgeier” (with its variant the “Querdenker”), has been opened in time for the 2012 summer season.

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Matterhorn will remain “open” throughout the 2014 summer season

Zermatt is getting ready for the grand reopening of the Hörnlihütte at the foot of the Matterhorn in 2015. Throughout 2014, it will remain closed due to renovation work. However, thanks to the “Base Camp Matterhorn” and its “Alpine Shelters”, mountaineers can still climb the Matterhorn via Hörnligrat this summer.

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Patrouille des Glaciers: Zermatt’s defender of the title Martin Anthamatten is prepared

This year, a record number of 5,400 participants will compete in the Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG). The race will take place between 29 April and 3 May 2014. How have the defender of the title, Zermatt‘s Martin Anthamatten and his team prepared for the event? And how does Martin feel before the race?

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Scientific research: Matterhorn under close observation

The Matterhorn, local name “Hore”, is in motion. In 2003, rockslides from the Hörnligrat ridge attracted international attention. The Matterhorn has long been under scientific observation. Scientists state that rockslides have always been a possibility and are keeping an eye on the mountain of mountains in order to understand the mechanisms at work.

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The Hörnlihütte warden talks about everyday life at the cabin

Kurt Lauber has been the warden of the Hörnlihütte for close to 20 years. He knows the mountain and also the Alpinists who come to storm the peak, both the well-prepared ones and those who somewhat overestimate themselves. His book, which was published in March 2012, pertinently describes the usual madhouse on the mountain of mountains.

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Zermatt-Matterhorn: The sunniest corner of Switzerland

MeteoSchweiz, the Swiss Meteorological Office, has confirmed that the area around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa is the sunniest corner in Switzerland. With few clouds making it over the 38 4,000-metre peaks surrounding Zermatt, the area enjoys a dry and sunny climate.

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Matterhorn railway project: Some ideas never see the light of day

A comfortable way of travelling to the top of the Matterhorn – that was the idea behind a project conceived at the end of the 19th century. Heritage conservationists, however, saw to it that the project never left the drawing board. In his book “Visionäre Bahnprojekte” (Visionary railway projects), Heinz Schild describes railway projects conceived in the turbulent times at the turn of the last century.

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Air Zermatt: extreme mountain rescue

An interview with the founder and President of the Board of Directors, Beat H. Perren.

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What you have always wanted to know about our electric buses

The Zermatt electric bus has a characteristic shape, is powered without a combustion engine, does not produce any emissions, is locally produced as a unique item and has become synonymous with mobility in the village. The Matterhorn spa resort has always been “car-free” even if there is still traffic. Yet pedestrians rule in the narrow streets of Zermatt, under Section 3 of local traffic regulations.

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Total high - Euphoria on the Matterhorn.

For more than 150 years, Zermatt has been a key element in high-alpine experiences.For many people, mountaineering is a book with seven seals.

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English Church in Zermatt - since 1870

The Anglican Church of St. Peter celebrated its 140th anniversary on the 26th June 2010. For Zermatt, it is more than just a church: it is part of the history of Zermatt and the tradition of alpinism, hospitality and openness to the world.

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Gornergrat Bahn – since 1898

The GGB Gornergrat Bahn started operations on the 20th August 1898 – the first electric rack railway in Switzerland and the second in the world. A tourist attraction of the Extra class was created thanks to innovative pioneering spirit: The Gornergrat Bahn was the first railway in Europe to run at an altitude of more than 3,000 metres above sea level.

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17 mountain guides, 154 umbrellas and me - On the trail of Mark Twain in Zermatt

“I sat there with a rock-hard determination, because in spirit I was already wrestling with the dangers of the mountains, and my friend stared at me through his tears in adoring admiration. Finally, he threw himself onto me with a loving hug and called to me in a self-denying voice “Your Harris will never leave you. We will die together!”

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