The Matterhorn is one of Switzerland’s most iconic landmarks, known for its near symmetrical pyramidal peak. The summit is 4,478m high and the mountain straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy in the Monte Rosa area of Zermatt.
Zermatt is popular all year round for skiing, climbing and hiking. The town lies at 1,600m and sits below the Matterhorn with its car-free main street, Bahnhofstrasse, which offers a lively mix of bars, shops and restaurants. There are plenty of places to eat in Zermatt but the restaurant terraces on the surrounding mountains normally provide the most panoramic mountain views.