Photograph © Robert Bösch, Mammut und Erdmannpeisker
Photo courtesy Zermatt Tourismus
Zermatt Celebrates Matterhorn
On 14th July 1865, British climber Edward Whymper and his team made history by conquering the summit of the Matterhorn. At 4,478 metres this imposing mountain is world renowned (there is even a cake named after it in Sprünglis) and it has brought history and celebrity to the town which lies at its base, Zermatt.
To celebrate the achievements of the ascent 150 years ago, Zermatt is laying on a whole host of events, experiences, festivities as well as special offers. The Hörnlihütte, the Base Camp of the Matterhorn and a site of key importance in alpine history, has reopened in time for the anniversary too.
Here is a short video by Zermatt Tourismus charting the story of the historical event in 1865 in which tragically four of the seven mountaineers fell to their deaths during the descent :
If you are planning a trip to Zermatt, 2015 is a great year to visit. As well as the special events to celebrate the 150th anniversary there is also exclusive memorabilia available to mark the occasion. The Matterhorn is fabulous to visit any time of the year and the whole area offers fantastic hiking and skiing opportunities, with 360km of pistes. The “Matterhorn glacier paradise” is Europe’s largest and highest altitude Summer skiing region and a popular training ground for ski teams in the Summer.
The Matterhorn in Spring Photo © NewInZurich
For the mountaineers amongst you the “Haute Route” from Mont Blanc to Zermatt is a challenging route which takes several days to complete. For hikers there are more than 400 kilometers of hiking trails around the Matter Valley, including the 13th Century mule traders’ trails.
For more information on things to do and activities in and around Zermatt and the Matterhorn please visit the Zermatt Tourismus website.
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