Klein Matterhorn, or Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt, Switzerland

At the top, looking out over the peaks

The highest mountain station in Europe is reached by, fittingly, the highest cableway in Europe.

The imposing range

A dramatic gorge

Both getting there and being there are magnificent. During the ride, the views of the luscious mountains and crevasses are stunning, but they don’t compare to the landscape at the top of glaciers, mountain peaks and endless permanent snow.

The snow goes on and on

The ride up has great views!

To reach the Klein Matterhorn, which at 3,883 meters above sea level is the second-highest peak of the Zermatt-Cervinia ski area, first take a lift from the mountain’s base in Zermatt up to Furi, then change at Furi to continue on to Trockener Steg, where it’s necessary to change to an aerial cableway that continues to the Klein Matterhorn station built into the mountainside. The trip takes about 45 minutes.

Panorama of peaks

You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world from the panoramic viewing platform, which offers a 360-degree view of the Swiss, Italian and French Alps. In all, there are 38 peaks over 4,000 meters. Wow!

The climb to the top

The Klein Matterhorn peak marks the western end of the Monte Rosa ridge. The Theodul Pass separates it from the attention-hogging, larger Matterhorn.

Windmill atop the viewing platform

To reach the panoramic platform, take the elevator which is located part-way through the pedestrian tunnel.

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