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“Great Train, Potential for Great Views But Depends on the Weather”
Review of Gornergrat

Gornergrat
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4-Day Switzerland Tour from Geneva to Zurich Including Italy and Liechtenstein...
Ranked #2 of 75 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
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“Great Train, Potential for Great Views But Depends on the Weather”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We rode this train for the sunset dinner ride. The train was clean and comfortable and the ride afforded some great views, but the weather at the top was socked in with clouds and as such the sunset was diminished a little bit. Still fun. Would do again on a clearer day in a heartbeat.

Visited August 2013
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“Train to Gornergrat”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Station nearby main rail station. Everything was fine. Comfortable seats, "Swiss watch punctuality". Astonishing views from train.

Visited August 2013
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“A very worthwhile trip”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you are intending to see the Matterhorn from here, you need to really get up there early. As the clouds starts to settle during 9-10am, and you will miss the peak of the Matterhorn. Best time to arrive is probably 7-8 am, as you get to trek to the top of Gornergrat (not too tough) and get a good view of the surroundings. The only thing to dislike about this place is probably the food selection. Pretty limited to only one restaurant up here, so do come only after your breakfast.

Visited June 2013
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“Great trip on the cogwheel railway and walks”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

With views of the Matterhorn and down the valley, and great walks this is a must. We enjoyed the walks as they were for the energetic, and had different views at every corner. This is a fun and enjoyable day trip from Zermatt, well worth the expense.

Visited August 2013
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“Definitely need to do this trip”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Best thing we did in Zermatt. The views of The Matterhorn are spectacular and you also can see Castor, Pollox and a couple of other mountains, 5 glaciers in all. We were lucky and had a clear day so not sure what the views would be if it was overcast, not much I would think. The train itself is an experience!!

Visited August 2013
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