The Matterhorn is the most popular mountain peak in Switzerland. It's so famous that it inspired Disneyland's roller coaster rides. What's more, it's also become the logo of the most trendy and tasty chocolate brands. There's no doubt, the Matterhorn has earned its star status.
Its 4,487 meters huge height, the pyramid-like shape and the harsh terrain make it a challenge for even the most talented rock climbers. But the Zermatt-Matterhorn region is a fun and exciting destination for families. You can enjoy a wide range of activities and several ways to visit the Matterhorn. So here's a list of the 5 main reasons why Matterhorn should be on your next trip's itinerary.
You'll find several family resorts in Matterhorn's region where you can have fun and adventures with your children. You're surrounded by beautiful landscapes and the highest peaks in the Alps. Besides the stunning outdoors, you get to play and discover fun parks, rides, and trails. When you first lay your eyes on the Matterhorn, your first desire is to get to the top. But for the best views, you should put some distance between the mountain and you. You'll a variety of trails throughout the valley, which you can explore with your kids. They'll especially enjoy the Rifelsee and Stellisee freshwater lakes.
The best way to explore the Matterhorn with your kids is by taking a scenic ride with the helicopter. It'll allow you to see its peak in an entirely different light. You can book a flight among the clouds any time of the year. Once you reach the Unterrothorn, you can walk around and return to the mountain's base by foot or by cable car. Helicopter flight packages can take from 20 to 40 minutes and they include a free lunch.
If you're not too keen on taking a helicopter flight, you can visit the Matterhorn's peak by taking a cable car ride, which will take you to glacier paradise. You'll travel through vast glaciers until you reach a small hole in the mountain. Once you pass through the tunnel, you'll enjoy jaw-dropping views of France, Italy, and Switzerland. What's more, on a clear day, you can even see the Mediterranean. However, the panoramic view of Matterhorn's slopes will catch your full attention.
What kids don't love an adventurous ride on the train? Because the town of Zermatt is car-free, the only travel means is by train. Although the principle incoming and outgoing line is the Glacier Express train if you're searching for an adventure, head to Gornergrat Bahn. The train offers an awe-inspiring view of the Matterhorn as it passes through the slopes of the Gornergrat. You'll enjoy the variety of trails, which offer brilliant views of the Matterhorn, Zermatt and the surrounding region.
The Matterhorn Museum reveals the history of the Zermatt Village, with its original houses and objects from the first climb on the mountain. It recreates the conditions of the residents from the beginnings of the establishment and offers a detailed perspective of their habits and activities. One of the most exciting stories captured by the museum is the 1865 ascent of the Matterhorn. It was on the 14th of July 1865 when the first climb took place and the torn rope from the tragic event is evidence of the triumph. The museum is a must-see for you and your children. You'll learn how the Zermatt was once a farmer's village and became a world-famous Alpine destination.
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