150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn
On 14 July 1865 Englishman Edward Whymper successfully completed the first ascent of the Matterhorn. However, his triumph ended in tragedy, with four of the seven men in the party of first ascenders plunging to their death after the rope broke during the descent.
The sensational amount of media interest that followed the first ascent resulted in more and more tourists travelling to Zermatt, launching a tourism trend that has lasted 150 years.
Today the Zermatt-Matterhorn destination is the best known destination in the Swiss Alps – car-free and set among 38 peaks of 4,000 m and more. 365 days a year guests are able to enjoy every kind of winter sport at the highest ski resort anywhere in the Alps. In summer 400 km of hiking trails and mountain excursions await.