5143639412 3be43f51cb z The charm of Zermatt

Zermatt, a Swiss town with less than 6,000 inhabitants, is located at the bottom of the Mattertal valley in the canton of Valais in southern Switzerland.

It is located at 1,620 meters above sea level and has become famous thanks to its position, as it is located next to the famous Matterhorn or Matterhorn peak and as the base of the huge ski resort of Zermatt and Breuil-Cervinia. A good trip to the Swiss Alps should include Zermatt.

Until the middle of the nineteenth century, Zermatt was an eminently agricultural community. In fact, its name and that of the Matterhorn itself derive from the Alpine, or matten, prairies of the valley. Zermatt was “discovered” in the mid-19th century by English mountaineers, the most famous being Edgard Whymper, who first culminated the top of the Matterhorn in 1865.

Zermatt, with Chamonix in France, is considered the mountaineering and climbing center of the Alps. Zermatt has an extensive system of ski lifts and trains. The Klein Matterhorn, with its 3883 meters, it is the highest cable car in Europe, and the Gornergratbahn rack train is the highest outdoor train in Europe; its last stop is located at 3089 meters.

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