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Zermatt is a wonderful car-free base to explore the Matterhorn. Expensive and glitzy, everyone is at the mercy of the weather gods.























Gornergrat Bahn opened in 1898 as the world's first electric cog railway. It rises from just across the main railway station in Zermatt to the viewing platform at 3089m for a beautiful view of the Matterhorn.



Webcams at the station and online show whether the top is sufficiently clear to make the trip worthwhile. There is no point paying all that money to be hidden inside a cloud.









Mountain weather is unpredictable, and the skies magically cleared out at the top. Snow-capped mountains everywhere, walk uphill and up the stairs a bit for the viewing platform where you are on top of the world.



















More in the next part or visit my website : http://www.globalphotos.org/zermatt.htm
 

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Going up the mountains for a view can be an expensive outing in glitzy Zermatt. For the budget traveller, an affordable yet scenic option is to take the underground funicular to Sunnegga, followed by a cable car to Blauherd.









The 5-Seenweg is a fairly easy walk from Blauherd passing 5 lakes with views of the Matterhorn along the way. With a suggested time of 2.5 hours over 9 km, it is a great half-day activity to enjoy the area's wonderful scenery at an affordable price.









The first lake is Stellisee, which is a good place for a break and to spot the Matterhorn.







The track gently rolls downhill towards the next few lakes.







Grindjisee was not calm enough to reflect the Matterhorn today, but you can still enjoy a picnic here.



















Grunsee is located at 2300m and looks green due to water from springs in the area. Red flowers covered the landscape in the cool autumn air.





 

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After Grunsee, the track got a bit more complicated with several forks and a downhill stretch through the forest. Construction was happening noisily in the valley below.













Moosjisee lies at 2140m and looks milky due to its glacial feed. After this lake, it is a strenuous climb to the finish.









After the long ascent, the final lake, Leisee, came into view.





After all that walking, hop onto the funicular for the final ascent back to Blauherd station.





 

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The Matterhorn Museum celebrates the region's mountaineering history, focusing on a tragic story from 1865 when a broken rope took the lives of 4 climbers. Downstairs, old buildings from the town are arranged experience local life in a protected setting. Admission is free with the Swiss Travel Pass.





















 
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