Well, what is it exactly about this mountain that has enabled it to garner so much attention?
17 Interesting Facts About The Matterhorn
1. Matterhorn mountain is situated in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy.
2. It stands imposingly above the city of Zermatt, Switzerland.at 4478 meters or 14,692 feet high.
3. As the most recognized mountain on the European continent, it is a near perfect pyramid with almost absolute symmetry.
4. Matterhorn is the German name for this recognizable mountain, derived from the words for "meadow" and "peak."
5 The Italian name (Cervino) and French (Cervin) likely originated with the Latin word for forest, silva, though some believe it comes from the Italian and French words for “deer.”
6. The first ascent on July 14, 1865, from the Swiss side of the mountain.
7. Since the first ascent, more than 500 people have died while climbing or descending the Matterhorn—an average of three to four per year.
8. Roughly 3,000 people summit the Matterhorn annually.
9. About 80 percent of Matterhorn climbers are either guides or clients.
10. Emil Cardinaux’s poster of the Matterhorn (shown above), designed as a card in 1903 and printed as a tourism poster for Zermatt in 1908, is considered the first modern travel poster and a landmark of 20th-century design.
11. Both a railway and a cable car to the summit of the Matterhorn have been proposed, but neither have yet to be built.
12. A tramway from the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia was proposed in 1950 but never came to fruition after tens of thousands of people protested to the Italian government.
13. One of the best views of the most photographed mountains is from the Klein-Matterhorn ("Little Matterhorn"), which is only separated from the Matterhorn by the Theodul Pass and Glacier.
The Matterhorn by Edward Theodore Compton, 1879
14. Visitors can board the aerial cable car in Zermatt and climb to the mountain station at 3820 meters above sea level, making it is the highest cable car station of the Alps.
15. At the foot of the most popular route stands the Hörnli Hut at 3,260m, home to the Matterhorn Base Camp, which just underwent a full renovation and was reopened in 2015, as well as the Matterhorn Mountain Inn.
16. The Matterhorn has two distinct summits, situated at either end of a 100-metre-long (330 ft) exposed rocky crest which forms the Swiss/Italian border.
17. The Swiss summit, with a height of 4,477.5 meters (14,690 ft), lies on the eastern end, above the Hörnli ridge which itself lies wholly within Switzerland and was the route of the first ascent. The slightly lower Italian summit at 4,476.4 m (14,686 ft) lies to the west.
I WANT TO GO TO ZERMATT SO BADLY!!!
It's definitely going on my bucket list!!
Please follow up on Tanya's Side today to read about another fun-filled day in Zermatt, Switzerland!
See ya back here tomorrow - wow - almost the end of the work week!! -E xoxo
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
Halo and Happy Hump-day from Zermatt, Switzerland!
We are hitting the slopes today - yippie- can you believe that we'll be skiing directly under the world's most recognizable mountain?! Pretty exciting to say the least.
I know that I told you just how surreal it is every time that I catch a glimpse and see the Matterhorn.
All very true and prior to yesterday I have seen the Matterhorn from *Gornergrat, the train heading up to Gornergrat and from the town of Zermatt.
*Gornergrat at 3,089 meters - Where you'll get a view of 29 four thousand-meter peaks (including the MATTERHORN) - Also a view of the second largest glacier anywhere in the Alps (the Gorner Glacier) - You'll be able to visit the highest shopping mall in Europe And more...
But yesterday was all about seeing the Matterhorn from an even closer vantage point - Klein Matterhorn (Little Matterhorn) and going to *Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
*Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at 3,883 meters - Where you'll find limitless views from the highest mountain aerial tramway station in Europe!
And once we were up there we also got to step inside the world's highest Glacier palace! 15 meters down and inside of a glacier - what a trip (drop of the jaw right here)...
Of course it was COLD - we were inside of a glacier for goodness sakes. There were beautiful ice sculptures, glittering ice crystals, a freakin' crevasse, and even an icy slide.
What a day! Afterward, we strolled in and out of cute shops and found a nice little place for some hot drinks. A perfect way to cap off the evening. A late dinner at our hotel had followed - where the restaurant specialized in Fondue and sure as heck smelled like it. LOL
DID YOU KNOW: There is a myth that says Fondue was invented by alpine dairymaids who were cut off from the outside world and who began to try out some new things with her meager foodstuff.
Well it's about time that we head on out to the slopes. Catch ya tomorrow! -T