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The walls and the ceiling look tremendous and the whole place has beautiful atmosphere. It is also pretty cold inside. From the outside, the entrance, it did not look fancy. One would never think what treasures are hidden inside!

Ice Palace #4/20

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Thanks to moderate snowfalls during the evening and the whole night the strong wind was blowing snow from all the higher peaks including the mighty Matterhorn..

Matterhorn #15/26

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Finally we are at the top! Actually not yet , because this is the end station of the cable car to the Klein Matterhorn. This photo was taken directly after getting of the cable car at around 3850 meters above the sea level.

Matterhorn #24/26

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I took the pictures for this panorama around 6:30am with long exposures. It was snowing over night so I felt the photos might have a ‘polar’ feel..

Panoramas #6/6

Mountains are not fair or unfair - they are just dangerous.

Reinhold Messner
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Twin peaks in the middle – on the right is the Taschorn (4491m) and on the left Dom (Dom de Mischabel – 4545m). Even though Dom is not the highest peak in Switzerland, it is the highest mountain completely in Swiss territory.

Surrounding Mountains #2/28

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On the foreground of this picture there are two pillars of two cable cars. The first bigger cable car pillar is used for various transportation purposes. The second cable car is for transportation of ski-snowboard-freaks.

Matterhorn #17/26

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

Edmund Hillary
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A similar view as the #10 photo. This time you can see the Jungfrau region far in the middle on the horizon very clearly. This picture was taken in mid-February although it looks like in early November ~ global warming is no joke!

Surrounding Mountains #11/28

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This last photo of the Matterhorn gallery is a view of Matterhorn from the highest sightseeing platform in Europe accessible by cableway at 3883 meters above sea level! Can you get any higher? Without a hike :~D

Matterhorn #26/26

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

T.S. Eliot
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This photograph is taken at the same moment as the second picture above, just the Matterhorn peak is zoomed a little bit to give you an idea how hard it must be to climb this holy of “holies” …

Matterhorn #3/26

Not all that wander are lost.

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein
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The palace was built several meters below the surface in the glacier. On this particular picture you can see the second part of the entrance tunnel, which has blue back lighting.

Ice Palace #3/20