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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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In April 2014, the Zermatt Unplugged music festival will go through the roof when musicians from the renowned Ronnie Scott’s jazz club perform at the Gandegghütte - at an altitude of 3,030 m. A wonderful treat for jazz fans and a logistical challenge for both musicians and organisers!

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Snow cats drivers are the “heroes of the night”, coming out of their lairs when skiers leave the pistes just before darkness falls. An army of drivers levels the pistes throughout the whole night to prepare them for the next day’s snow sport fun.

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Expansive pistes and a breath-taking view of the Matterhorn - snow sports don’t get much better than this. Combine Zermatt’s top-notch skiing with cosy restaurants, with or without Michelin stars and GaultMillau points, and you are on to something exciting, a discovery tour courtesy of Zermatt’s winter news.

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Ski-in – ski-out, magical words for ski afficionados who love their snowy adventure to begin the second they leave the door. Those looking for the piste right on their doorstep need look no further than Zermatt which has a range of hotels offering ski-in ski-out.

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As with the first man, the ascent of the Matterhorn by the first woman was considered to be a milestone in Alpine history. At the time, the two most likely contenders were Meta Brevoort from the USA and Lucy Walker from the UK. The two woman Alpinists met in Zermatt in the summer of 1871, just after young Lucy had won the race to the peak.

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Zermatt, Matterhorn, Switzerland, Alphorns – words that call up exciting visions for visitors, be they from Switzerland or abroad. On Saturday, 17 August 2013, over 550 Alphorn players will assemble on Gornergrat to set a new world record. Alphorns are fascinating instruments, especially when played at the foot of the imposing Matterhorn mountain. The cherished Swiss tradition of Alphorn playing is alive and well in Zermatt.

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Goats hold a magical attraction for humans. This is particularly true for the blackneck goats which take their morning and evening stroll along Zermatt’s Bahnhofstrasse every summer. These goats are the most photographed goats in the world. But who are they, these quaint-looking animals?

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Mountaineers love Zermatt. High Alpine tours, ski tours or climbing: all these activities lure and challenge them – letting them forget their everyday worries and enjoy limitless experiences. But why are the Zermatt Alps the Swiss Eldorado for mountain lovers? And why is the competence of the Zermatt mountain guides legendary?

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Botaniker sind sich einig: Die Zermatter Flora ist ein Eldorado für Blumenfreunde. Hier entdeckt man spezielle Blumen und Gräser, die weltweit einzigartig sind. Das Schöne für die Zermatter Gäste: es ist einfach, diese Blumen zu entdecken – dank der Bergbahnen und den 400 km Wanderwegen.

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