Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain in Zermatt

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Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain in Zermatt Switzerland

Matterhorn Zermatt

We recently visited Zermatt where we stayed at the Hotel Schweizerhof Zermatt and enjoyed exploring the town and skiing on the amazing slops. Wherever we went, we felt we were in the shadow of the iconic mountain that is the Matterhorn. We managed to view this famous mountain from all four angles and it certainly is impresssive. What you might not know is how symbolic it is not just of Zermatt but of Switzerland itself. Here are some photos along with some fascinating facts about this powerful mountain.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain

  • The Matterhorn is the most photographed mountain in Switzerland.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain

  • The Matterhorn is the the best known mountain in the country but only the tenth highest.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain

  • The mountain lies in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy.

The matterhorn from the balcony of Hotel Schweizerhof Zermatt view of Matterhorn

  • The mountain is described as Triangular or as a cragged rock “tooth”.

Fascinating Facts about the Matterhorn Zermatt

  • The Matterhorn stands 4,478 metres tall.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain Zermatt Switzerland

  • Confiserie Sprüngli sell a Triangular Cake called the Matterhorn named in honour of the mountain.

Sprunglis Matterhorn Slice cake

  • The Matterhorn came into being 50 to 60 million years ago.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain Zermatt Switzerland

  • The Romans named the mountain Mons Silvius but it is known as Monte Cervino in Italian.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain Zermatt Switzerland

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain Zermatt Switzerland

  • Lord Francis Douglas was the first climber to reach the top but tragically died on the descent prompting Queen Victoria to try (unsuccessfully) to ban her citizens for attempting the climb.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain Zermatt Switzerland

  • The British climbing of the Matterhorn led to the development of Zermatt as a tourist destination.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain Zermatt Switzerland

  • Walt Disney was inspired by his visit to Zermatt to create his famous Matterhorn and bobsled ride, which was the first roller coaster in the world which could handle more than one car at a time on the track. The Matterhorn at Disneyland is 1/100th the size of the Matterhorn mountain, standing 147 feet tall.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain Zermatt Switzerland

  • The oldest mountaineer to have climbed the Matterhorn is believed to be Ulrich Inderbinen at the age of 89.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain Zermatt Switzerland

  • Climbing the Matterhorn is a dangerous undertaking and in total more than 500 people have died climbing the Matterhorn since 1865.

Fascinating Facts About the Matterhorn Mountain Zermatt Switzerland

  • Theodor Tobler is thought to have modelled the triangular shape of the Toblerone chocolate on the shape of the Matterhorn.

Toblerone Chocolate

  • The Matterhorn faces in all four directions – North, South, West and East.

As you can imagine, no visit to Zermatt in Switzerland is complete without a glimpse of the Matterhorn, so next time you are in the Zermatt, do stop to admire and enjoy the views of this celebrated mountain.

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