Sunday, March 16, 2008


Gornergrat is a my recommendation to see the Matterhorn

Many people have asked me where was the most beautiful place we have ever visited. To be honest I have many spots like that, but sometimes the climate or brightness of the day, helps to determine that. One of my first choices is Gornergrat because the sun was perfect and it showed the area so well. This made it a perfect excursion because it gave a complete different view of the Matterhorn a well known mountain peak in Switzerland..

The Gornergrat Bahn takes you from Zermatt up the 3089 meter high Gornergrat. Through aromatic stone pine and larch forests and across alpine meadows in summer time full of flowers and in winter time deeply snow-capped you arrive in the midst of 29 snow and ice-covered four-thousand-meter-high mountains including such famous greats us Matterhorn (4478 m), Liskamm (4527 m) and Dufour-Spitze (4634 m). On a culinary level too, the Gornergrat offers everything you could wish for. The Kulmhotel Gornergrat, the highest hotel in the Swiss Alps (3100 m), and other restaurants located along the route treat you to the very best food.

Zermatt, at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn, is a world without cars. Electric-cars and horse-drawn sleighs and carriages are the only transport allowed.

Gornergrat, above Zermatt, is Switzerland's highest open-air train station where you catch the Gornergrat Bahn electric railway which opened for business in 1898 hauling tourists from Zermatt.

In the course of this winding ascent that lasts about an hour we see the Matterhorn as a whole, take possession of it and study every detail of its structure. The proud peak seems conscious of its glory; it stands apart, as if in all the Alps there were none beside itself.

The panorama at the Gornergrat is of dazzling beauty. At the foot of the ridge stretches the immense frozen river of the Gorner Glacier where the moraines have marked out thin grey tracks. And into this central valley great glaciers from the mountains have poured the floods of their snow-drifts into the chaos of their ice-blocks. Above, high in the heavens, there is an indescribable alignment of white domes, an architecture springing all divine from earth at the call of the Spirit.

Gornergrat is generally regarded as a "must-see" excursion for Zermatt visitors for those who can afford the steep fare.

At the Gornergrat station, you'll find a hotel, an astronomical observatory, and an aerial cable car to the Hohtälli, where you can connect to cable cars for the Stockhorn and Rote Nase. This area ties itself to each other like we do with roads.

Another exciting tour started from Zermatt to the Matterhorn glacier paradise which took about 40 minutes. We were told you will always find snow here 365 days a year. So anyone venturing up to the Matterhorn glacier paradise will also find him or herself in Europe's largest summer skiing area. A lift, built into the rock, transports visitors to the highest sightseeing platform in Europe, offering a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of the Swiss, Italian and French Alps with a total 38 four-thousand-metre peaks. You can't get any higher!

These views described offer some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. But I am looking for another land made by the same master craftsman we know as God.

Psalm 102:19
For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth;

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