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Reviews of Matterhorn Museum • 2
No other mountain stands apart from the rest like the way Matterhorn does. One of the most majestic mountains, Matterhorn lies at the foot of Zermatt, a car free village in the canton of Valais. We traveled on Gornergrat Bahn from Zermatt. It was a clear day and we couldn’t stop photographing and gazing at this striking mountain all throughout our trip. Up on the mountain you’ll get sweeping views of the surrounding Alps with Matterhorn standing proud and tall among them. Cogwheel train also known as rack railway takes you to Gornergrat railway station in about thirty minutes. It is said that it is best to take the trip during sunrise and sunset.
While the Matterhorn Museum looks like a modern architectural marvel from the outside, its dark and somewhat depressing interiors tell stories of the brave souls who lost their lives while ascending the Matterhorn. It also provides visitors an insight into the history of Zermatt and the daily lives of the simple townsfolk. Make sure you take a good look at the disreputable rope that broke in 1865 and turned what could have been a splendid conquest of the mountain into a tragic tale. Also take some time out to read Teddy Roosevelt's letters to his sister, documenting his experiences with the Matterhorn, the Grim Reaper of a mountain that claims up to twelve lives each year. You have to be very experienced, fit and brave to climb this giant. The entry to the museum which is open from 11am to 6pm is around 15 Swiss Francs with an audio-guide and tickets are available at the main entrance.