Gaping at the Matterhorn

Sure, it graces Toblerone packages and evokes stereotypical 'Heidi' scenes, but nothing prepares you for the allure of the Matterhorn. As soon as you step into the timber-chalet-filled village of Zermatt, this loner looms above you, mesmerising with its chiselled, majestic peak. Gaze at it from a tranquil sidewalk cafe, hike in its shadow along the tangle of Alpine paths above town, with cowbells clinking in the distance, or pause on a ski slope and admire its magnetic stance.