Matterhorn Alpine Crossing Officially Open

After years of groundbreaking work, the vision of an all-season link between the Italian village of Breuil-Cervinia and world-class spa resort of Zermatt in Switzerland has become a reality.

The opening of the new 3S cableway from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Mountain station at 3,883 metres above sea level to the Testa Grigia valley station marks the completion of the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing. Passengers can now embark on the scenic trip around the Matterhorn, which includes the highest border crossing by cable car in the Alps at 3480 metres.

The Matterhorn Alpine Crossing is a unique achievement in many respects. On the one hand, because of the pioneering work at extreme altitudes that was involved. On the other, because of the cooperation between two countries on a project that ensures a year-round connection between neighbouring tourist resorts.

The new cableway opens up the Aosta Valley region for visitors to explore its spectacular scenery and discover the quaint houses in typical Walliser (Valaisan) style. Activities on offer include riding, biking, hiking and golf.

Surrounded by a breathtaking Alpine panorama, the new route offers a thrill-packed ride. Passengers ride in cabins luxuriously fitted out for maximum comfort. The crossing is an experience in a class of its own – gliding over the stunning mountain landscape that straddles the Italian-Swiss border, with the Matterhorn always in view. A further service starting in 2024 will enable travellers to arrange convenient baggage transport between the two destinations.

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Image credit: Cervino Tourism Management.