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Zermatt is located in south-central Switzerland, about six miles from the Italian border. The town of approximately 6,000 residents sits at the base of the Matterhorn (a dramatic mountain best known as a ride at Disneyland) and has been a popular ski resort since the late 19th century.
Zermatt sits at 5,315 feet in a alpine valley at the base of several mountains.
Zermatt, originally primarily an agricultural town, was "discovered" in the mid-19th century by English climbers. The town opened as a ski resort in 1898.
The premier attractions in Zermatt are skiing and climbing the Matterhorn. Other sights include the Matterhorn Museum, the historic Old Town and an array of summer and winter outdoor sports.
Fun Fact about Zermatt
More than 3,000 people climb the Matterhorn each year.
Getting to Zermatt
Zermatt is accessible via train from Bern, Basel and Zurich. The journey is about two hours via rail from Bern.