At 14,692 feet, theMatterhornis only the 10th-highest peak in Switzerland. But owing to its extraordinary shape, and the fact that it stands entirely alone, it is arguably the most dramatic and beautiful mountain in the world. There are three classic viewpoints from which to see the Matterhorn.Glacier Paradise, at an altitude of 12,740 feet, is accessed by a series of cable cars that begins at the valley station, located at the southern edge of Zermatt near theCoeur des Alpeshotel. It provides an astonishing view of the mountain’s southern face, as well as of adjacent peaks such as the Breithorn. The cable car to the Unterrothorn (10,184 feet) begins in the center of town; from the top there is a glorious unobstructed view of both the Matterhorn and the Weisshorn.