Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Switzerland: Taschalp to Zermatt

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Tufteren Ridge path

We caught the train to Tasch, then a taxi up to Taschalp where todays walk began. The Tufteren ridge path to Zermatt is the perfect way to see the Matterhorn, especially on such a stunning day!

The path was narrow in places, with some drops, but nothing sufficient to freak me out like the Eggerhorn descent.
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Alpine stream near Taschalp
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Wildflowers
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Europaweg signpost
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Matterhorn views
Lunch was had at a prime spot overlooking Zermatt; a view any restaurant owner would kill for. It wasn't all great, though; when you reach Sunegga, the landscape is scarred by the skiing industry and Leisee, a once pretty glacial lake nearby is becoming ruined by building works (a new cable car station) in order to make it more accessible.
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Matterhorn
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Lunch above Zermatt
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Gornergrat Railway

We headed down into Zermatt, through the picturesque village of Findeln. Briefly in a forest, we reached the Gornergrat railway, and then into Winkelmatten, with some pretty nice real estate boasting a view of the Matterhorn.
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Window box display

Unfortunately, this path has seen landslides and is currently no longer open.