Whilst hiking above Sunnegga we took many photos, some good, others better. However these 2 shown below show how cold and rugged the snowfields can be. With my large Canon lens I could not pick up any human movement across the valley.
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest mountain station of the Alps. It is situated on the summit of Klein Matterhorn.
The peak is at 3883m with the cable car terminal at 3820m, the highest cable car end point in Europe.
It is the highest point in the Zermatt ski area, where you can ski even during summer time.
On the highest panoramaplatform of Europe you get an all around panorama from the swiss alps, including a close view of the Matterhorn.
VIDEO of my visit:
I have also hear that the Klein Matterhorn offers superbe views. I have not been there myself, but it looks fantastic. This is what ski-zermatt.com says about it: "Also with exceptional views is the Klein Matterhorn (meaning 'Little' Matterhorn 3885m/12,780ft). This is the highest lift-serviced summit in Europe and is best visited in fine weather. The cable car soars 1,000 feet above the ice and snow at some points. Views over much of Switzerland, deep into Italy and even to France (Mont Blanc - 68km away) are amazing. On a clear day it is possible to see forty peaks over 4000 metres elevation and 200km to the Maritime Alps close to the Mediterranean sea. As a comparison, to stand at the top you are higher than all the highest mountains in Austria and New Zealand."
Tip: Enlarge the photo and you can just make-out a cable car heading up to the Klein Matterhorn. Also, visit this site to see more pictures and beautiful panoramas.
At the Klein Matterhorn there is a marvellous viewing platform for the amazing peaks around. Take slow steps up here though the air is thin and every 2 steps up the stairs to the terrace I had to stop for breath and stop myself from feeling dizzy.
This is the view of the Matterhorn from here....doesn't it look different from this angle!
From the south end of Zermatt village, cable cars run to Furi and on up to Trockener Steg (2939m), overlooking the gigantic Theodulgletscher, which slides over the Italian border at the foot of the Matterhorn. From Trockener Steg, another cable car runs up to the crest of the Klein Matterhorn – at 3820m, this is the highest cable-car station in Europe, and there’s an ice palace and other bits and bobs on top. From Furi, though, the cable car up to the little Schwarzsee gives what is commended as the most picture-perfect views of the Matterhorn, at close quarters and reflected in a pine-fringed lake.
There is a huge cross up with a wonderful text declaring the wonderful creation of our God - very fitting for such a fantastic view.
From up here you can even see Mont Blanc range over the border in France. This is also a favourite moutain to see...one I enjoyed from the French alpine resort of Chamonix.