If you are determined to climb the Matterhorn you must meet certain requirements. Rock climbing experience using crampons is a given. Being in top physical condition and taking time to become acclimated to the altitude is also a must. Having a guide climb with you is strongly recommended.
Even for those who would prefer to admire the Matterhorn from a respectful distance, the trip is well worth the effort for the other attractive aspects of the area.
Zermatt is a scenic mountain village that sits at the Matterhorn’s feet. The village is one of those unique places in the world that sits at the endpoint of a train route. There are also no gas-powered vehicles! The usual travel methods are feet or skis although there are also horse-drawn sleighs available. German is the main language, but English is also commonly used. The area abounds with charming little places to eat and a choice of hotels, chalets or apartments to stay at.