Zermatt is no doubt one of the must see places in Switzerland. Getting here is an experience on its own. To fully appreciate beauty of this area you can’t miss a ride on Europe’s highest cable car to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. This fairytale like place 15 meters deep inside the glacier allures with its shimmering ice sculptures. Visiting this enchanted winter wonderland right in the heart of permanent ice will be an unforgettable experience for anyone.
HOW TO GET THERE
Zermatt has always been a car-free zone therefore to get there you will need to take a train from Brig/Visp then either on foot or with the local bus to the valley station of Zermatt mountain rail. If you choose to walk it is a nice stroll through the village. With any ticket of Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, you travel free of charge on all lines of the electric buses in Zermatt all year round. Here you can find all the information you will need like ticket prices, timetable as well as other useful tips to better plan your trip.
The exciting tour from Zermatt to the Matterhorn glacier paradise takes about 40 minutes and you will require changing from one cableway to another twice. First part Zermatt – Furi (don’t miss great photo opportunity) then Furi – Trockenger Steg (you will find restaurants here so take your time to enjoy dramatic view of Matterhorn while sipping hot cocoa). Last part the highest cableway in Europe will transport you up past giant crevasses to the Matterhorn glacier paradise and into a breathtaking mountain landscape of glaciers and permanent snow. Yes that’s right even in the middle of summer there is snow up there so be prepared with some warm clothes. To get a better idea about the whole journey here you will find an interactive panoramic map.
Once you reach the top don’t miss the highest viewing platform in the Alps. The summit lift built into the rock will carry you up to 3883 meters above sea level (weather permitting). It is a 360º panorama of French, Italian and Swiss Alps. On a clear day you might be able to see Mont Blanc – Europe’s highest mountain – and, further in the distance magnificent Jungfrau.
A visit to the world’s highest glacier palace is for sure an experience you will never forget and that is just the tip of a glacier because no matter summer or winter there are plenty of activities to do from rock climbing, kickbiking, skiing and snow-tubing to name a few. Possibilities are endless…