Two alphorn players near Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland (Digital Vision)

Matterhorn, Swiss Alps, Zermatt, Switzerland (iStockphoto)

Swiss cottages near Zermatt, Switzerland (iStockphoto)

Mountain goats in front of the Matterhorn and the Zermatt Valley, Switzerland (iStockphoto)

The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland (iStockphoto)

Sheep in meadow in Zermatt, Switzerland (Image Source)

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What to do in Zermatt

If ever a place were defined by a single natural object, Zermatt would be it. The awesome spire of the 14,692-foot Matterhorn—undoubtedly the world’s most recognizable peak—is inextricably linked to this Swiss town. The Matterhorn is no mere pet rock. It was the last of the Alp’s major summits to be reached, claiming an untold number of climbers in the process. Today, Zermatt is Switzerland’s busiest mountain resort, its elevation bringing more snow than almost any other Alpine town. While the skiing is famous, hiking the meadows and forests is equally popular in summer, with the various high points linked by a network of funiculars, cog railways, and gondolas. While Zermatt can feel touristy, the town is essentially car-free—combustion engines aren’t allowed, limiting the pollution that might otherwise obstruct the mountain views.

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