The Matterhorn is one of the most famous mountains in the world and was placed by Touropia on the second place of its mountain hit list (directly behind Mount Everest). The mountain is a symbol for the Alps, for Zermatt, for Switzerland and for the natural wonders of this earth. It stands on the Swiss-Italian border, but only the view from Zermatt (Switzerland) is really spectacular.
A one-week stay is recommended, as the weather always provides surprises and because Zermatt is on the other hand an outdoor and adventure paradise, which allows a variety of activities. It is not cheap, neither for Swiss nor for foreigners, but even with a limited budget you can enjoy the Matterhorn. The mountain weather Is very unpredictable and here we have a big advantage for Swiss: we just wait for the weather report and plan our journey on short notice when the forecasts are good.
Those seeking for a photograph in Autumn with the Matterhorn and the golden trees a stay in September / October is recommended. Tip: Check the mountain inn Fluhalp in advance to find out by which date the accommodation is open – with the last possible appointment you will usually make a good deal.
Although Zermatt is worth a visit all year, the months May and November are less recommended. For hiking and skiing it is either too early or too late. Most lodges / mountain hotels only open in June and close again at the beginning of October.
The best spots are located on the Sunnegga / Rothorn side, from where the beautiful shape of the Matterhorn is the best. But in the village of Zermatt there are also good spots and if you are well on foot, the many hiking trails and mountain huts offer more attractive locations with wonderful views of the «Horu».
But the sunset is also worthwhile depending on the month, when the sun disappears just next to the Matterhorn.
During Winter, the Stellisee is frozen and covered with snow, which is why only the snow-free months (May / June – September / October) are recommended.
The fastest way to Stellisee is by foot via Blauherd (via Sunnegga). The journey from Zermatt to Blauherd takes about 20 min. After another 20 min. on the wide and well marked hiking trail you reach the Stellisee. The first train leaves at 08.00 a.m. and 08.30 a.m. in the off-season from Zermatt.
The fastest way to Hörnlihütte is via the Matterhorn Express. From the Stop Schwarzsee (2583m) there is a well-developed, but nevertheless partly steep hiking trail to the Hörnlihütte (hiking time approx. 2 1/4h). If you want to do it without the mountain railway, you can reach the hut from Zermatt after a long day’s hike (approx. 6h).
For landscape shots I recommend the following photo equipment: