The Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland – Sunday

After lunch, we headed out to the cable car to go to the top of the Klein (Little) Matterhorn. On the walk to the cable car ride, we found that the Matterhorn had come out of hiding!

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The cable car ride, which was probably a good 70 bucks a person, involved 3 cable cars of increasing sizes which had spectacular views of the mountains. And, miraculously, the Matterhorn did indeed come out of hiding. Though all the way up, there was still one lingering cloud over the very top of the Matterhorn!

Here’s the view from the first cable car:
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These are from the 2nd and 3rd leg of the trip. It was an amazing ride!
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The last cable car ride brought you up to the summit of this ~12,200 foot mountain. The dock for the cable car seemed fairly precariously jammed into the side of the mountain!
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There was a ton of snow up there (we joked, glacier fight and chucked pieces of ice and snow at each other!) The view was just lovely!
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The Matterhorn still had a stubborn cloud at the very top of it. You can see it clearing up here!
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And a few more pics of the cloud cover changing:
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We waited a bit and the sole remaining cloud on the top of the Matterhorn cleared and we got a great view of it.
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Here are pics of us in front of the Matterhorn!
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They also had a really neat tunnel into and under a glacier. It was *very* Hoth – and I swear if I ever made a Leia Hoth costume, I would bring it there to photograph!
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So we walked down this tunnel carved into the ice and saw some ice sculptures!
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When we got out, the Matterhorn had clouds over it again – so I guess we lucked out!

The cable car down was very crowded – I can’t imagine how so many people jammed in there. It was fairly unpleasant as the last batch of people just shoved their way in. I don’t like being pushed. And being short, I don’t like being in the middle of a crowd. I was on the edge by the door and wanted to stay that way, even though I’d already gotten one guys elbow nearly in my face. Anyway, it wasn’t very fun, and by the time we left, I was ready to leave Zermatt. I don’t know that I’d go back, even though the view was cool.

Here are the pics from the top cable car platform. You can see Zermatt off in the valley in the left of the pics!
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And the ones from the ride down – too bad the window of the cable car were a bit scratched:
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Here are some pics from one of the intermediate stations. This is the cable used!
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A view of Zermatt:
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And of the surrounding mountains!
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And the final ride down to Zermatt:
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And some flowers, back in Zermatt:
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