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Top of the Klein Matterhorn

The Klein Matterhorn (Pennine Alps) (marketed as the "Matterhorn Glacier Paradise") is the highest point in the Zermatt-Cervinia ski area in Switzerland, and the end point of the highest cable car in Europe. The peak is at 3,883 metres (12,740 ft) with the cable car terminal at 3,820 metres (12,533 ft).
Even before the construction license application was filed, the building promoter had to negotiate with the Swiss Alpine Club and with the Swiss Nature Conservation Society. These discussions resulted in two large natural reserve zones (the "Matterhorn" region and the "Monte Rosa" region). The third area (the "Schwarzsee-Theodul Glacier-Klein Matterhorn" region) was designated as a tourist zone.
Licensing was further delayed until 1969 by the citizens of Zermatt filing a complaint to governing council of the Canton of Valais. In December 1970, the Swiss government finally gave permission for the cable way, but progress was further delayed until 1973 by objections from environmentalists. Eventually, on 17 December 1973, the Federal Council rejected objections and granted a construction license.

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Bob Patton22-Jul-2012 06:24
Thanks for including the information about the cable car. Imagine the problems constructing such a system at such an altitude.
Barry S Moore08-Jul-2012 12:53
Amazing. Great to see that good sense persuaded the building of the cable car system so everyone can enjoy this. ~V~
Fletcher Wildlife Garden29-Jun-2012 18:11
This is impressive against the sky and mountains. V
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