Zermatt is a beautiful, car-free mountain town at the end of the Mattertal valley and at an elevation of 1,620 metresZermatt's most famous attraction is the 4,478 metre Matterhorn, seen here after a storm. The Matterhorn, as seen from the Mont Cervin Palace Hotel in central Zermatt. The Matterhorn from the Oberrothorn. The Matterhorn at dusk The Gornergrat cog railway is one of Zermatt's top attractions.  From the top (pictured) you can see 29 four thousand metre peaks. Take the first train to Gornergrat to see sunrise over the mountains. The view from Gornergrat. The Obergabelhorn is a 4,063 metre peak accessed from Zermatt via the Trift gorge.  The Weisshorn, at 4,506 metres, is one of the highest and hardest alpine peaks.   The imposing Weisshorn, as seen from Trift.  The Breithorn half-traverse involves some techical climbing and serious exposure.  The view from the Breithorn ridge.  The Breithorn massif.  Castor, and its twin Pollux, are alternative 4,000 metre peaks reached from the Klein Matterhorn cablecar station.  Sun rising over Zermatt's mountains.  The Höhbalmenstafel walk from Zermatt gives stunning views of the Matterhorn. Walking routes in the Zermatt valley are well maintained and clearly marked.  From Trift many hikers choose to take on the 3,400 metre Mettelhorn.  Warning: this involves a glacier crossing and is only for those with appropriate experience.  The cablecar to the Klein Matterhorn whisks visitors up to 3,883 metres.  ... which is often above the cloud line.  ... and on clear days gives great views over Mont Blanc.  The 4,000 metre Breithorn, the easiest alpine peak in the valley, is accessed from the Klein Matterhorn.  The Zermatt valley A stunning waterfall close to Trift.  The Trift Hotel, a 2 hour walk from Zermatt, offers great iced tea and apple pie.  It will be well-deserved: there is 800 metres of ascent.  Some more pictures of the Trift valley ... Seen here from between Edelweiss and Trift at c. 2,000 metres ... .... and from about 2,600 metres And with some beautiful clouds. Mountain flowers in the Zermatt valley are prevalent until late summer. Edelwiss, the Swiss national flower, growing in Zermatt.  More mountain flowers.  A Chamoix in the Trift valley A group of chamoix. ... and an alpine sheep. A beautiful ibex. One of Zermatt's reclusive marmots.  This Swiss chalet is typical of Zermatt's buildings A bronze of an Ibex in central Zermatt. There is lots to do in Zermatt apart from the mountains: here is some traditional dancing. And folk music.  Or for those who want more of an adrenaline rush, paragliding.  You should also take in the remarkable Gorner Gorge. Close to Zermatt's Forest Fun Park.  For those attempting a Matterhorn ascent, practice on the 2917 metre Riffelhorn is a must.  Climbers attempting the Matterhorn stay at the Hornlihutte ... ... and leave at about 3am. The Solvay Refuge, at about 4000 metres, marks the half way point on the Matterhorn ascent.  An exhausted climber, safely down from the Matterhorn