My Misunderstanding at the Matterhorn

Matterhorn, Klein Matterhorn, Switzerland

“The views from the summit of the Klein Matterhorn are simply spectacular. It’s said that on a clear day you can see as far as the Mediterranean. The rugged, desolate landscape all around you is a constant reminder of the hostile environment at the top of one of Europe’s greatest peaks.”

My trip to the Matterhorn was certainly one of my most memorable in Switzerland to date. It was my first time in the Swiss Alps, and the start of a road trip that I will never forget. But one thing I will always remember was completely unrelated to the incredible landscape – my brief encounter at the ticket office.

Having done some research beforehand I thought a return trip would cost 64CHF (about $70 or £40) per person. I felt that was reasonable. Not a bad price to go to the top of a famous mountain and back, especially in Switzerland. I approached the ticket office and confidently stated “2 return tickets for the Klein Matterhorn please”. The operator keyed in my request, but the total cost that came up baffled me. “248CHF?! I thought it was 64CHF per person?”.

The woman behind the desk looked me in the eyes and calmly said “64CHF is for a one-way ticket… and you can’t go one way”. And unless you’re planning to ski across the top of the Swiss Alps to Italy she was right, you can’t.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what’s involved in a trip to the Matterhorn, you can read more about it in my latest post for World Spa & Travel.

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7 thoughts on “My Misunderstanding at the Matterhorn

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Pankaj, it was an incredible experience to be up there at the summit. Switzerland is certainly a very lucky country when to comes to its landscape!

      Reply

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