After giving Liesl and Mom and Ken L. a taste of Zürich, we whisked them away into the mountains to see a different side of Swiss life.  After having a spectacular time in Zermatt with Mom and Dad M., we were all too happy to return to the land of the Matterhorn.

We took an early morning train to Zermatt, and after dropping our luggage off at the hotel, we headed straight to Klein Matterhorn.  We made our ascent by a series of three cable cars to see the mountain’s breathtaking view of the Matterhorn and the Alps beyond.  With mountains stretching as far as the eye could see, and with snow-capped peaks blending in with the clouds below them, we were blown away by the beautiful landscape.

View of the Matterhorn from Klein Matterhorn

It was extremely cold out on the observation deck, so we enjoyed the view as long as we could, then went inside to thaw out and drink some hot chocolate.  After warming up for a bit, we ventured into Glacier Paradise, a network of tunnels carved out of the mountaintop glacier.  Even though it was our third experience inside a glacier, we were still amazed by the glacier’s size and beauty.

Alps and clouds

On our second day in Zermatt, we took a cog rail train up to Gornergrat, another nearby mountain (3135 meters) with different beautiful views of the Matterhorn.  We took in yet another spectacular vista of the Alps and valleys, then spontaneously decided to hike our way back down part of the mountain.  We stopped at Riffelsee, a lake at 2760 meters, to appreciate its stunning reflection of the Matterhorn’s iconic profile.  Then, we made our way along the mountain path until we reached the next train station.  The mountainside was extremely quiet and peaceful, such that we could hear birds flapping their wings hundreds of feet away.  We could really feel the impressive power and serenity of nature, and it was a truly memorable experience.

A view of the Matterhorn during our hike