Zermatt is a political municipality in Switzerland. It is located at an altitude of about 1,610 meters and situated to the northeast of the Matterhorn (with 4,478 meters one of the hightest mountains of the Alps). Zermatt is an attractive holiday resort of Switzerland due to its impressive skiing and hiking areas. It borders on Italy but belongs to the German linguistic area. Zermatt is not only one of the most important stations for winter sportsmen but also a popular destination for mountain climbing.