Zermatt and Matterhorn – hike to see the Swiss glory

Matterhorn is a well known mountain in the German part of Switzerland. In fact, it is so well known that it is depicted on postcards, magnets, tissues, clocks, various pads and mat, t-shirts and even underwear… Many Swiss will agree that it is a symbol of Switzerland.

The mountain is over 4000 metres high, so you have to be lucky to have a clear view (or to see it at all) without clouds which cover it most of the year.

I did not expect much when we set off to Zermatt – a beautiful small village just under Matterhorn which was a bit ignorant considering its reputationJ. You can only get there via train since car traffic is banned from this little mountain gem. Prices are extortionate aiming at well-heeled tourists flooding Zermatt all year long for hiking or skiing. But it is worth it.

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After arrival, we soon realised that we were going to have perfect weather most of the day as we could not see a single cloud. And there it was – a magnificent view of the beautiful Matterhorn.

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We decided to go for a hike called “5-See Wander”, which can be translated as a “hike along 5 lakes”. It was just beautiful! You can see the perfect weather in the pictures and even the temperature was very pleasant considering the altitude, hovering around 20 degrees Celsius.

I hope you will also get lucky when you decide to try this hike. A friend of mine whom I recommended this hike went the week after and even though it was in the middle of summer, it snowed and she did not even see the mountain through all the clouds. My advice is do not give up and come again! It is worth it. Good luck 😉

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