The Gornergrat has been one of Switzerland’s most popular excursion destinations since 1898, with a sunny viewing platform that is accessible all year round and offers breathtaking views of the Matterhorn. The Gornergrat railway was the first fully electrified cogwheel railroad in Switzerland and today operates as a modern and sustainable railroad. Thanks to the feedback process, it is able to recover energy and thus save energy. Three trips downhill are enough to generate enough energy for one or two more trips uphill.
Europe’s highest cogwheel railway
The highest open-air cogwheel railroad in Europe takes guests from Zermatt railroad station (1,605 m) directly to the summit of the Gornergrat 365 days a year. The journey takes 33 minutes and covers 1,484 meters in altitude. It runs for 9.4 kilometers over impressive bridges, through galleries and tunnels, past forests of larch and Swiss stone pine, stone gorges and mountain lakes.
Gornergrat up close to the Matterhorn
The Gornergrat at 3,089 meters can be reached by cogwheel railroad from Zermatt. From the Gornergrat you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa massif and the glaciers. The ridge itself lies at an altitude of 3,135 meters and is around three kilometers from Zermatt. It is located between the Gorner Glacier and the Findel Glacier. The view of more than 20 four-thousand-meter peaks is breathtakingly beautiful.
Panorama of superlatives
The panorama is considered one of the most beautiful in the world: Monte Rosa massif with the highest Swiss mountain (Dufourspitze, 4,634 m), with a view of the second largest glacier in the Alps, the Gorner Glacier, as well as 29 mountains over 4,000 m high. And everything is close enough to touch, including the Matterhorn.
The highest mountain hotel in Europe
The Kulmhotel is located on the Gornergrat at 3,100 m and is the highest mountain hotel in Europe. The Kulmhotel serves as an ideal base camp for mountain tours. Guests can expect pure high mountains with a gigantic panorama, surrounded by several four-thousand-meter peaks. The views of the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa massif from every room at the Kulmhotel are incomparable.
Kulmhotel with observatory
Due to the Kulmhotel’s location at 3,100 m, the dry air and the remoteness from urban light sources, visitors can see the Milky Way and various planets with the naked eye. For those who want to take a closer look, the new observatory of the Stellarium Gornergrat project in the hotel’s south tower offers guided tours and lectures. Guests can also take part in Dining with the Stars, a romantic dinner buffet with fondue chinoise, accompanied by an astronomer who provides spectacular views of the night sky and education.
Video Gornergrat and Matterhorn in Switzerland
Video Gornergrat with View to Matterhorn in Zermatt
Video Gornergrat in Zermatt, Switzerland
Gornergrat Mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland, offers the finest Alpine view in Europe, surrounded by more high peaks than any other place in the Alps from the Gornergrat, including a perfect angle on the Matterhorn.