Day 1 of 1 at the Matterhorn
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I took an impromptu trip to the Matterhorn yesterday (thanks Kathleen for the invite). Got an early start - first leg of the trip was a 5:47am train from Schaffhausen to Zurich HB to meet up with the crew (Kathleen and her friends Abbey and Sabrina) under the giant clock at 6:45am. After a quick attempt at grabbing some coffee, we hopped on the 7am to Zermatt via Visp. The 2 hr ride to Visp was nice. We were on a double-decker with some room to spread out.
1. People were skiing up there - it's almost July.
2. Woah, we're up high.
3. Woah, my lungs are under a little bit of strain.
4. Views views views views views!!!
5. Apparently the "in" thing to do is to bring your lunch up to the view point and have a little picnic.
So of course we took a million pics - "we" being everyone but me since my camera battery died on the way up. Then we did some slipping and sliding down to the glacier walkway (FYI - snow boots recommended for this little adventure.
Recommendations for this trip in addition to snow boots:
1. Check the weather before going - you don't want to get stuck taking pictures in the middle of clouds.
2. Bring a jacket, preferably windproof with some kind of lining. It's cold and windy at the top no matter how hot it is down in Zermatt.
3. Re: train travel - look into a Swiss Day Pass or a Matterhorn package deal that includes the cable car ride. For some perspective, the regular roundtrip fare from Zurich HB to Zermatt is CHF 226 pp (which is basically equivalent to USD 226). If you get a day pass which allows you unlimited travel on Swiss trains all day long on a weekend (after 9am M-F), the roundtrip fare is only CHF 64. Big difference!
4. Leave the car behind. Zermatt is a carless town. In fact, you will get fined if caught driving a car in town (unless you have a mini electric-powered vehicle). If you have a rental car, you'll have to leave it outside of town and train or electric taxi in.
5. Make sure to charge your camera battery! In my defense, I didn't know I would be going on this trip, so I left my battery charger in Belgium. I'm lucky that I even had my camera!