Acrylic Fridge Magnet depicting Switzerland
Zermatt is one of the most famous places in Switzerland; it offers a great number of ski and climbing centers. Perched between steep mountains, Zermatt is shadowed by the gigantic pyramid of the Matterhorn. The pyramid shaped mountain (a real challenge for the climbers) is known to be the most-photographed mountain in the world. The Klein-Matterhorn, also known as the little mountain (which can be reached through funicular), stands adjacent to the Matterhorn. Do not forget your hiking shoes, because you will not find many rides and do not forget to grab a souvenir before you leave this magnificent village.
Interesting Facts about the Matterhorn
The Matterhorn is 14, 691 feet high. The first ascent of the Matterhorn was in 1865, four out of seven alpinists lost their lives during the climb. Since 1947, gas fueled cars are not allowed within the village of Zermatt. The Matterhorn figures are in two Warner Brothers cartoons, Pikes Peaker, a 1957 cartoon, and in Bugs Bunny. Since 1865, more than 500 people have died climbing the Matterhorn. On average 12 climbers lost their lives trying to accomplish this task. Disneyland in California has a 1/100 scale and 147 feet high replica of the Matterhorn. There is also a bobsled ride at Disneyland (opened in 1959) that looks and feels like the Matterhorn.
History of the Matterhorn
The Matterhorn was ascended in the early 19th century for the first time; its surrounding peaks were climbed in 1830's. Intense competition was developed among the climbers and several attempted to climb Matterhorn. For many years, the Matterhorn was considered an unclimbable mountain until English climber Edward Whymper and Charles Hudson tried to climb it in 1865. On 14 July 1865 Charles Hudson's ascent was successful, but Hudson along with other climbers, slipped and fell thousands of feet down to his death.