The Matterhorn     

The Matterhorn (seen right) is undoubtedly the most photographed mountain in the world.  Located in Switzerland, it rises 14,685 feet near the border between Switzerland and Italy.  The first climber to successfully reach its top was Edward Whymper in 1865.  Many adventurers have lost their lives attempting to scale its icy granite sides.  A captivating museum is hidden away at the end of Bahnhoff Strasse in Zermatt seen below.

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You can't drive to Zermatt.  There is a large carpark in a nearby city.  A railroad shuttle takes visitors into to town.  Horse-drawn carriages take you from the rail station to your hotel.  This place is magical.  A tram will take you up the side of a nearby mountain...all the way up to the glaciers.  All along the trip you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Matterhorn and Mt. Rosa, some 40 miles away.