In pictures: The majestic Matterhorn
Its name might change depending on which side of the border you’re standing, but the Matterhorn (or should that be Monte Cervino or Mont Cervin?) is one of the Alps’ most iconic peaks in any language. Its distinctive shape – allegedly the inspiration for the shape of Toblerone chocolate bars – towers over the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt at almost 4500 metres high. It’s impressive enough from ground level, but if you want to get a closer look you can take the train from Zermatt up to Gornergrat. The Gornergrat Bahn runs up into the mountains, through alpine meadows in the summer and past skiers on the pistes in the winter. At the top is the highest open air station in Europe along with a restaurant and hotel, where you can stay the night in a room with this perfect panoramic view over mountain peaks to the Matterhorn.