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Photopoint Englischer Viertel

Zermatt

The Englischer Viertel lane accesses a hidden world behind the Bahnhofstrassse. The little road leads through a quiet residential district to old wooden agricultural buildings still used by local farmers.

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Photopoint Täschalp

Täsch

Täschalp lies in a hollow between the slopes of the Rothorn and the 4,000-metre peaks of the Mischabel massif. A lush, green valley with cows, farms and a cheese dairy, authentic and photogenic.

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Photopoint Eggstadel

Täsch

From the small mountain road and from the footpath, a dramatically beautiful view opens up over the Matterhorn.

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Photopoint Loorihischi

Randa

The Lorihiischi, built around 1256, is part of a group of historical buildings in the village of Randa. The whole complex, with house, barn and stable, is being converted into the Randa museum of traditional life by a charitable foundation.

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Photo point: Valley View of the Klein Matterhor

Randa

Near Wildi between Täsch and Randa, a clear view of the Klein Matterhorn is provided through the narrow valley.

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Photopoint Randa rockslide

Randa

The triple rockslide at Randa took place in 1991. Boulders as big as houses are visible today scattered across the enormous cone of rock debris. In the meantime, larches, the pioneer trees of the Alps, have been steadily colonising the terrain.

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Photopoint Views from mountain huts

Randa

Mountain refuges in the Alps have an added attraction: alongside accommodation, they offer the chance to take dramatic photographs of the mountain scenery at any time of day or night. At twilight, the colours are especially rich.

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Arben waterfall

Zermatt

At the Arben waterfall, the Arbenbach river plunges to the depths from a rocky crag on the lateral moraine of the former Zmutt Glacier – a dramatic sight.

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Haus Salzgeber

Zermatt

This is Zermatt’s oldest house. It was built in 1607, incorporating a stable for sheep as well as living quarters.

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Haus Taugwalder

Zermatt

The Haus Taugwalder on the Kirchplatz (church square) was home to two local guides – Peter Taugwalder, father and son – at the time they accompanied Edward Whymper on the first ascent of the Matterhorn.

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Hamlet of Herbrigg

Zermatt

Various small hamlets overlook Zermatt. In early centuries, they were used for farming and agriculture in summer. One such is the hamlet of Herbrigg, located up on the slopes south-west of Zermatt at an altitude of 1,754 m.

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Hamlet of Zum See

Zermatt

In earlier centuries, a mule trail led through the hamlet of Zum See, linking Switzerland and Italy via the Theodul Pass. The closely grouped buildings are authentic and represent hundreds of years of history.

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Gornergrat Bahn building

Zermatt

At the modern ticket hall of the Gornergrat Bahn, nothing suggests that history was written here: this was one of the great pioneering cog railways.

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Hotel Riffelalp

Zermatt

The Grand Hotel Riffelalp opened its doors on 10 July 1884. Back then, it was the favoured meeting place of high society, especially from the British Empire.

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Beach volleyball

Zermatt

A game of beach volleyball in view of the Matterhorn: a unique experience, and a particular pleasure in the light and dry alpine air.

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