My first glimpse of the Matterhorn was at Disneyland on the Matterhorn Bobsleds. I know that may not count for everyone, but it planted a seed. I learned it was a real place and memorized the shape. Once I started taking German in high school, I became obsessed with visiting this region of Europe. My dream finally came true this year.
One of the most captivating things about this mountain is how recognizable it is. I can identify that mountain easier than any other mountain in the world. As soon as you do a little more research and learn that an average of 12 climbers die each year attempting to climb the peak, you realize that it's so much more than a beautiful mountain. It's an adventure. These are the things that Disney doesn't teach you.
Photos just don't seen to do this place justice. Even when you're standing underneath, it still looks like a painting. We did not attempt any climbing, but the hiking in the area is amazing. Plus, the stories you hear while enjoying a cold beer in Zermatt give you an idea of the dangers.
We spent three nights in Zermatt. We saw the mountain in the morning, the afternoon and sunset. You can see the peak from most places in town. Sometimes, it hides in clouds and other times, you get a full view, but it never seems to get old. Just knowing the adventures that take place on the peak and in the nature surrounding it, it's truly humbling.
To date, the Matterhorn is the most magnificent natural wonder I have laid eyes on and I can't wait to return.