May 16, 2010 - 4:55 AM
Hello Maggie, there are plenty of locations in and around Zermatt offering wonderful views of the Matterhorn. They include:
- the Gornergrat. If weather is fine if you get back to Zermatt this summer, I'd recommend that you try again. The views up there are wonderful and the Matterhorn can be seen very well, as is the case with a large part of the Monte Rosa Massif. On your way up or down, you could also get out at the intermediate station of Rotenboden and take a short walk to the Riffelsee. You can make beautiful pictures of the Matterhorn here with the small lake in the foreground. Some examples can be found here. You could even take a hike from Rotenboden to Riffelalp;
- Klein Matterhorn is a nice viewing point as well. The views include the Matterhorn, but you'll see it from another, less characteristic side than most popular pictures will show. There's an ice grotto up there as well, so you're probably referring to this;
- Sunnegga is another viewing point above Zermatt, which can be reached very quickly by a mountain lift. From the terrace you'll have a clear view of the Matterhorn. You could extend your trip by hiking to Riffelalp (which is on the route to the Gornergrat), but this takes about 2h30 and this would result in a very long day trip from the Bernese Oberland. Of course you could choose to spend a night in Zermatt and have two days for exploring the area. But a one day trip in good weather will definitely offer good photo opportunities as well.
If you have a very tight schedule you can even choose not to get up by cable car or mountain train: from the village itself the Matterhorn can be seen very well, too. You could stroll along the more quiet districts, such as Winkelmatten, and take some pictures there.
I hope that weather is fine this time and that you'll succeed in taking your pictures! Of course you're more than welcome to post some of them in this forum.
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