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Matterhorn (Cervino), Switzerland. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
Matterhorn (Cervino), Switzerland-Italy. Author Marco Ramerini

Cervino – Matterhorn: the most spectacular mountains in the Alps

The Cervino-Matterhorn (4,478 meters), called monte Cervino in Italian, Mont Cervin in French and Matterhorn in German is one of the most famous and photographed mountains of Europe. The Cervino-Matterhorn is located in the Central Alps, on the border between Italy (Valle d’Aosta) and Switzerland (Valais), along the Pennine Alps above the towns of Breuil-Cervinia in Italy and Zermatt in Switzerland.

The mountain is composed of crystalline metamorphic rocks (gneisses and schists), and stands in the shape of a pyramid, dominating to the north the basin of Zermatt, and to the south the valley of Breuil-Cervinia. There are numerous glaciers, all of modest proportions: on the Italian side, the glaciers of the Cervino, Forca and Leone; on the Swiss side, those of Furgg, Matterhorn and Tiefenmatten. The Matterhorn was climbed for the first time in 1865 by E. Whymper.

The most scenic side of the Matterhorn is the one you can admire from Zermatt (Swiss side), on this side is very recommended to take the Gornergrat Railway and then between the Rotenboden station and the Riffelberg station continue walking down along the path of the Riffelseeweg to the Riffelsee lake on whose waters is reflected the Cervino-Matterhorn.

Another interesting excursion the one that from Blauherd goes down along the trail of Seenweg and Gourmetweg to Zermatt, in this itinerary you can see several mountain lakes of which the most beautiful is the Grindjisee, a lake surrounded by trees on whose waters is reflected the Cervino-Matterhorn.

Grindjisee, Zermatt, Switzerland-Italy. Author Marco Ramerini

Grindjisee, Zermatt, Switzerland-Italy. Author Marco Ramerini

GRINDJISEE, CERVINO – MATTERHORN

The Grindjisee is an alpine lake that lies along the path, called Seenweg, connecting the stations of Blauherd (2,571 m) and Sunnegga Paradise (2,288 meters above sea level) of the Rothorn Paradise cable car. The path has a length of about 8 km and it is open between June and September.

The path crosses the moraine debris of the Findelen glacier, and will soon reach the small lake of Grindjisee, surrounded by fir trees, on whose waters is reflected the majestic Cervino-Matterhorn (4,478 meters).

Riffelsee and the Matterhorn (Cervino), Switzerland-Italy. Author Marco Ramerini

Riffelsee and the Matterhorn (Cervino), Switzerland-Italy. Author Marco Ramerini

RIFFELSEE, CERVINO – MATTERHORN

The Riffelsee is an alpine lake that lies along the path, called Riffelseeweg, connecting the stations of Rotenboden (2,815 m) and Riffelberg (2,582 m) of the Gornergrat railway. The path has a length of about 3 km and it is open between July and October.

More than the beautiful landscape of peaks, including 29 peaks over 4,000 meters, and glaciers that can be seen along the way, the main attraction appears to be the small lake Riffelsee on whose waters is reflected the majestic Cervino-Matterhorn (4,478 meters).

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