Zermatt, Switzerland
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Zermatt, Switzerland


If you would prefer to put yourself to the test and sample even more daring activities, why not try your hand at death-defying hiking and climbing? The Swiss ski resort of Zermatt is surrounded by great terrain for climbers and hikers with all levels of experience, from beginner to veteran.

Skiing Zermatt

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The best-known peak in the vicinity is the treacherous and infamous Matterhorn. This 4,478m high mountain is regarded as one of the most difficult climbs in the world, with climbers needing to negotiate steep and jagged cliff faces in order to ascend to the spectacular summit. The Matterhorn was the last great Alpine peak to be successfully climbed in 1865, and over 500 climbers have died attempting to do the same in the years since.

Zermatt ski resort in Switzerland

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Not all climbs and hikes near Zermatt however are quite so extreme. With the Alpine Haute Route to Chamonix passing through the town, great country walks through verdant valleys, over cool glaciers, and across rugged foothills are all within easy access. If you would simply prefer to put your feet up and take in the beautiful wooded scenery, then there is also an impressive cable car that lifts passengers high above the Zermatt Valley on the way to Furi. Zermatt town itself, meanwhile, offers charming architecture, warm, cozy restaurants and a vintage alpine feel that will delight whether you are there to ski or not.

Zermatt ski resort

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There are plenty of activities available at ski resorts for the non-skier, and let’s face it, if you exhaust all the options listed above, well, there is always time for a snowball fight or two.

Date posted: 13th September, 2017

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