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Hike Zermatt - Riffelsee - Gornergrat

Behind the views of the Matterhorn

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Hike Zermatt - Riffelsee - Gornergrat
Inserted: 27.03.2018
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The starting point of this tour is the town of Zermatt, from where most visitors leave the cogwheel. But we decided on a less common variant and from Zermatt we started to climb on foot across the Riffelsee. The first view of the Matterhorn was given to us at the end of the town and that was all for a long time. At the Riffelsee lake you will already meet a larger number of tourists coming from the nearby cog railway station. But we continued on and reached the final station Gornergrat, the way back we chose the services of the railway.

Start of the tour in Zermatt

The starting point of the tour is the town of Zermatt, where entry is strictly forbidden by car, so it is necessary to use the railway from Täsch – the last place you can get by car or bus. The easiest way is to be taken by cogwheel from the town of Zermatt to the top of Gornergrat, after which the entire railway overcoming the elevation of 1500 meters is named. From the final station you descend into the valley and the Matterhorn is still in front of you. But we decided on a less common variant and from Zermatt we started to climb on foot across the Riffelsee and the top of the Matterhorn gradually began to show itself to us. He gave us the first look at himself at the end of the town, and that was all for a long time, until we collected the necessary altitude meters.

Start of the tour in Zermatt
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

View of the Matterhorn

At Lake Riffelsee you will already find a larger number of tourists coming from the nearby cog railway station. Here the Matterhorn can already be seen in all its beauty, and in windless weather its steep walls are reflected on the surface of the lake. But that was not our case, but we were still lucky with the weather.

View of the Matterhorn
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

View of the Grenzgletscher glacier from Gornergrat

About 100m above the lake you can get on a train and go in both directions. But we continued on to the final station Gornergrat, where you can refresh yourself in a local restaurant or, as in our case, enjoy the amazing view of the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa massif with Switzerland's hig­hest peak Dufourspitze and last but not least the breathtaking view of the glacier Border Glacier. For the way back, we chose rail services for a „modest fee“ of 45 francs. The afternoon Zermatt rewarded us with the atmosphere of a city living mainly from tourism. The train shuttle between Zermatt and Täsch works with the famous Swiss precision, like everything here.

View of the Grenzgletscher glacier from Gornergrat
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
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