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Gornergrat
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US$1 267,86*
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4-Day Switzerland Tour from Geneva to Zurich...
Ranked #4 of 81 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 3 weeks ago via mobile

We rode the train to the top, hiked up, hiked down to the lake and had an amazing time! Must see! Cold on top.

Thank Chad and Susan D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Firstly, always check the weather. Find a less cloudy day to go up. The tickets are not cheap. There are, however, good afternoon tickets for this season. Thus, the tickets cost lesser for trains after 15:30h. The view up there at Gornergrat is breathtaking. If you are up to it, hike down a station or two, so that you can see more of the Matterhorn. You can hop back for your downhill ride back to Zermatt.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the cog railway to the top of the Gornergrat and we are so glad we did! It’s absolutely gorgeous at the top. The trip can be a bit pricey for a family of five, but we had purchased the Swiss travel pass as we had arrived in Zermatt via the Glacier Express so myself and my husband were half price & the kids free with the pass. We also only did it one way because we planned on walking back down.
From the top you can see 29 peaks above 4000m, including the Monte Rosa which is the tallest peak in the Swiss Alps. There is a nice quick service restaurant with outstanding views and a couple of good tourist shops. There’s also a hotel.
We decided to walk back down and we are really glad we did, but let me just say, it’s not easy!! I’m not convinced we took the easiest route, but we walked approximately 10 miles and it took us about 4 hours ( we did stop once for a drink). Two days later and my legs are still aching. We are used to long walks but walking down hill for so long really tests your joints! My knees and hips especially! My kids are 14, 12 and 8 and they managed it no problem, but are still aching a bit too. If you do attempt the walk, make sure you wear good walking/ hiking shoes. It can be very slippery in places, especially where the snow is melting and once you reach the alpine level there are a lot of tree roots that stick up, which are a trip hazard.
If you only want to do part of the walk, you can and then just jump back on the train at one of the lower stops.

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a fantastic trip into the mountains by train from the village of Zermatt. The Gornergrat Railway begins in the village and has four other stops along the route as it rises up the mountain before arriving at the final destination of Gornergrat (3089m). The views along the route are spectacular as are the panoramic views at the terminus of Gornergrat. The Gornergrat ticket allows you to get on and off the train at any of the stops. Multiple amazing hiking trails can be found along the route reachable from the stops.

Once at Gornergrat multiple mountains and glaciers can be viewed including the Mattahorn.

The ticket is quite expensive but worth every penny. Half or full days fun depending on how many stops you explore.

I would visit again.

Thank Mike P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Going up to the Gornergrat is just one of the best things you can do without much effort. It takes about 45 mins to get to the top by train, with 5 stops.
On top, go to the platform and enjoy one of the best views of the Alps.

There is a restaurant, souvenir shops and a photo booth.

On the way down, you can exit the train at each station and walk around. One of the best guess is getting out au Rothenboden and take the hike path towards the Monte Rosa hut. Takes about 1 hour and you have a small path along ridge. This gives you a breathtaking view on the mountains. Take care, this is absolutely not recommended without proper equipment!

Thank Robert H
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