This area, which includes Klein Matterhorn (Little Matterhorn), has Europe’s highest cable car station (3820m; 12,533ft) and views to die for (from the panoramic viewing platform located at 3883m; 12,740ft) over a combination of 38 Swiss, Italian and French peaks and over a dozen glaciers.
It’s also famous for its year-round skiing and boarding and children will enjoy the twinkling Glacier Palace, with its ice sculptures, ice tunnel (running underneath the glacier) and excellent ice slide.
For those feeling energetic (not always easy given the thin air) you can trek to 4164m (13,661ft) Breithorn over the glacier (it takes between two and three hours) from the Klein Matterhorn cable car. Take care with the weather though: it’s the easiest peak here, but still no place to be careless.
The nearby Snowpark Zermatt has almost year-round skiing and snowboarding stunts to conquer (300 days per year).
Transport to Matterhorn Glacier Park is from Zermatt. MGP has lodge-style accommodation and a sustainable restaurant. Packages and multiday tickets are available.