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Days 11-12
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The famed mountain, the Matterhorn, continues to lure visitors today as it did 150 years ago. The nearly 15,000 foot peak generates an industry unto itself, but the car-free town of Zermatt that it supports is nicer than one would expect, considering its prime location.

  • Natural Beauty
  • History


  • Zermatt's main attraction is the Matterhorn. Whether you choose to try and climb the peak yourself or simply snap photos, it looms over the proceedings here.
  • The town itself is car-free and easily explored; for more details on the famed mountain, you can visit the Matterhorn Museum.
  • St. Peter's was built as a church for English climbers seized by the desire to conquer the Matterhorn. There's also a cemetery for those who didn't make it.

Side Trips

  • Bike the trails surrounding Zermatt; about 15 mi/24 km of downhill tracks have been specifically set aside for the activity.