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The Matterhorn celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent. There at that time: Father and Son Taugwalder. To mark the anniversary, the Zermatt open-air theatre tells the dramatic story. Centre stage this time: the fifth generation Father and Son Taugwalder.
Text by Aurelia Forrer and Pictures from David Birri
Published in the Schweizer Illustrierten, no. 11, 9 March 2015
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, several TV channels have produced comprehensive documentaries for 2015. The Swiss SRF TV channel is presenting a two-part documentary of the first ascent, while the German ARD channel has broadcasted stories from the Alpine region presented by the legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner. Futher TV channels are preparing documentaries.Details
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.Details
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.Details
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.Details
Zermatt is getting ready for the grand reopening of the Hörnlihütte at the foot of the Matterhorn in 2015. Throughout 2014, it remained closed due to renovation work. However, thanks to the “Base Camp Matterhorn” and its “Alpine Shelters”, mountaineers were able to climb the Matterhorn via Hörnligrat during the summer 2014.Details
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?Details
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.Details
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.Details
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.Details
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.Details