The attraction of mountain climbing in the Alps around Zermatt is something you can sense even down in the village – hardly surprising, when you consider that it lies in an arena of 38 four-thousand-metre peaks. Alpinism made its mark on the village and brought it widespread renown when Edward Whymper became the first man to conquer the Matterhorn in 1865.
If you are not quite ready for the challenge of the 4478-metre high Matterhorn, we recommend tackling the Breithorn, which is the "easiest" of the four-thousanders around Zermatt. Once you have been bitten by the mountaineering bug, you can look forward to the next challenges: Castor and Pollux, the Weisshorn and the Dufourspitze! The Matterhorn glacier paradise is an ideal starting point for many expeditions up in the Alps as it is the highest mountain station in all of Europe.