Destination Zermatt

Destination Zermatt

Dispatch and Photo by Robert J. Brodey

The last 24 hours since arriving in Switzerland have been remarkable. All 24 of them. It began with a scenic train ride from Zurich toward the border with Italy. Arriving at the southern end of the Mattertal Valley, we were greeted by the town of Zermatt and that great horn of rock known the world over as the Matterhorn.

The railway, in fact, is one of the only ways to get here, given that the village is car-free (except for some mini electrical taxis that dart through the narrow streets). 

Zermatt Train Station

Zermatt Train Station

Zermatt has lots of history (wait for the feature!) and is an amazing starting point for hikes into the high mountains, including the Haute Route that leads to Chamonix in France and the Patrouille des Glaciers. 

All around Zermatt, cable cars, trams, and chair lifts are ubiquitous, carrying skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer; the highest of them leads to the Klein Matterhorn at 3,883 m (12,740 ft).

This morning I was shy about using non-bipedal forms of locomotion, but I quickly warmed to using them to get us up to certain points, from which we could hike (especially because Delano was hauling Andrew's Pelican case with a drone)!

First Day Zermatt Switzerland

Jimmy, Delano and the Matterhorn

After a remarkable day of superb views, great company with the OP team, and some quiet moments where only the wind was my companion, we have settled into our alpine hut, the Fluhalp. Well fed, I can now feel the waves of jetlag wash over me. Amazing what you can experience in 24 hours. Let's see what tomorrow brings!

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