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“Amazing Views But Not Much to Do”
Review of Gornergrat

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Ranked #4 of 51 things to do in Zermatt
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Gornergrat (3,089 m) is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. The mountain panorama and the glorious view of the Matterhorn are unforgettable. With its sunny observation platform accessible all year, the Gornergrat, at an altitude of 3,089 m, has been one of Switzerland’s top excursion destinations since 1898. The Gornergrat Bahn was the world’s first fully electrified cog railway. Today it is a modern, eco-friendly railway, equipped with a regenerative braking system that generates electricity on the descent and so saves energy. All year: •Photo subject: 29 mountains above 4,000 m in view (Switzerland, Italy) •Shops •Restaurants: self-service and waiter-served, indoors and out •Large sun terrace •“Bernhard von Aosta” chapel •Panoramic viewing platform Summer: •Wild ibex near the viewing platform of the station •Starting point for hikes •Sunrise trips (bookable offer) •Sunset dinners (bookable offer) •For families: “Wolli and the climate detectives” (audio guides available from Zermatt Tourism and the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway) Winter: •Dining with the stars (bookable offer) •Moonlight visit (bookable offer) •Direct access to the pistes and winter hiking paths •Highest sledging slope in Switzerland (Rotenboden 2815 m - Riffelberg 2582 m) •Igloo village on 2727 m
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Amazing views of not only the Matterhorn, but also stunning glaciers! They advertise the "shopping center" at the top, but there are only a handful of stores and very little to do at the top. There are limited hikes departing from there, but the view is great, and the hotel self-serve restaurant has nice, rather inexpensive, warm meals and drinks. The views are gorgeous, from the top and along the train ride, but make sure to go on a clear day!

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Cari J
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you are in Zermatt for only a short time this train journey should be top of your list. The railway journey is so scenic ( We went on a good day for visibility) Although we did not go right to the top, stopping at the Riffelberg, we had a wonderful walk away from the crowds before making our leisurely way down via the Riffelalp and then through the forest back to Zermatt. Our stop at the Huette just below the Riffelalp was restful, with no crowds, and the Roesti was very good. A bonus for us was an outdoor wedding at the Riffelalp with two people playing the Alpenhorn, one of them making a good stab at the wedding march! If you plan to walk down take poles as otherwise you feel it in the knees by the bottom.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Jane K
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

On the face of it this appears to be an expensive excursion ( and it is!) but pick your day and plan to spend some time at the top and you will feel that you have had great value for money. Just take your time and soak up the views and atmoshere, it is an ever changing view as clouds come and go etc. The facilities are very good at the top and the restaurant has a great selection of foods and drinks. The train is very smooth and try to get a seat on the right hand side going up and the same on the descent.

Date of experience: July 2013
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you only have one day to see the Matterhorn this is your destination! On the way back down get off the train at Rotenboden for some great photos of the Matterhorn and its reflection in the glacier pool. You can then walk to the Riffelalp station and pick back up the train. It's an easy 20 minute walk.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Terrynelson23
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

The Gornergrat Bahn Cog Railway Station is clean, very efficient and user friendly. Located opposite the train station one makes the transfer effortlessly to journey up as high as possible to the Matterhorn. Holders of Rail Europe's Swiss Pass get 50% discount. As of July 2013 that was $41 (RT) up the mountain.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Swissdiner
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