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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.

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Origin of the name, History, Facts and figures and Records on the Matterhorn
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Legends, stories and tales of the Matterhorn.
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Great occasions cast their shadows. 2015 will be marked by events, celebrations, conferences, special offers and an open-air play.
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Historical pictures of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, the rope group and portrait of climbers who made the first ascent: Edward Whymper, Douglas R. Hadow, Charles Hudson, Francis Douglas, Michel-Auguste Croz, Peter Taugwalder (father) and Peter Taugwalder (son). May also be downloaded.
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The media have already begun reporting extensively and globally on the forthcoming 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. So make sure you secure your quotas for hotels, excursions, activities and events now.
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