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The Swiss Alps are one of the most glorious sights in the world

Grandeur surrounds you in the Swiss Alps 

Switzerland is known for its Alps and their beauty is remarkable. Although the country has a large number of impressive mountains, the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau, the Eiger and Mönch are the ones that have captured the public's imagination.  We cover these notable peaks in the guide provided below.
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The Matterhorn never ceases to capture the imagination with its stark beauty

Switzerland's Famous Matterhorn


The Matterhorn dominate the Alps and it is the desire to see of this famous, crooked, peak  up close that attracts so many visitors to Switzerland.  The view shown above is from Zermatt, a village at the base of the Matterhorn.   Although it is hard to image a better view, we think we have one the captures the grandeur of the Mountain and the village when the sun goes down. For  a view of  the Matterhorn and Zermatt at twilight, click here.  (The image is spectacular, but quite large.  It is well worth viewing, but we put it on a separate page in consideration of the download time it would have added to this page.)

The village of Zermatt is at the heart of one of Switzerland's major ski areas and surrounded by many of the country's tallest peaks. Zermatt is a car-free resort and the closest you can get by car is Täsch, about  three miles away.  Staying in Zermatt can be pricey, but it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. 

You can get to Zermatt using the Täsch-Zermatt shuttle train connects the town.  If you drive, fee-based parking in Täsch is available while you visit Zermatt.  (See the Matterhorn-Gotthard Bahn website for more information - use Google Translator.) You can, also, take a train from Visp or Brig, but you will need to transfer to the Matterhorn-Gotthard Bahn in Täsch for the final trip into town, or take one of the taxis that are allowed to travel the route into Zermatt.

The town of Zermatt, the Matterhorn and the surrounding Alps  make a beautiful scene at any time of the year.  For more vacation-oriented information on the Matterhorn and Zermatt, visit the Zermatt Tourism website.

A panorama of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch taken from teh Schilthorn

The prominent mountain  just right of center is the Jungfrau.  To the left are Mönch and the Eiger.  The photo was taken from Schilthorn (above and to the west of Murren)

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There are a number of famous mountains in the Alps, but few more famous than "The Virgins".  The Eiger (the Ogre) is west of  the Mönch (Monk)    and the Jungfrau (Young Woman).    Climbing the North Wall of the Eiger is regarded as significant accomplishment for skilled mountain climbers. 

                  

The Jungrfraubahn runs from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch, a region known as "The Roof of Europe".  The train runs in a tunnel for most of the trip, which burrows beneath the Eiger and Mönch to reach the summit.  There are two brief stops along the way that provide views from windows cut through the mountains.  Note: the cost of the train is expensive, although you find significant discounts if you have the Swiss Card, More information on the train can be found at the website of the Jungfrau Ski Region.

 
The north slope of the Eiger is sheer face that is a difficult climb, even for professionals

The north slope of the Eiger

 

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