Complete mountain silence reigns at Lake Riffel. The reflection of the Matterhorn on the surface of the lake is an impressive natural spectacle. The sight of the Matterhorn, the mountain of all mountains, standing majestically alone on the horizon, is overwhelming. Above it stretches only the universe – a sight that will remain unforgettable.
The east face of the Matterhorn is reflected in Lake Riffel
The Riffel Lakel at an altitude of 2770 m is a must-see for every visitor to Zermatt. When there is no wind, the Matterhorn is reflected on the surface of this picturesque mountain lake, which has already inspired numerous background images on smartphones. The most beautiful photo moments are created especially at dusk, when the wind dies down and the reflection of the Matterhorn becomes clearer. Morning and evening hours offer the best conditions for unforgettable shots.
The mountain lake lies just below the “Rotenboden” station of the Gornergratbahn. From Zermatt, take the Gornergrat Bahn to Rotenboden, the penultimate station before the Gornergrat. From the station, a hiking trail leads down to the mountain lake in around 10 minutes. The short downhill hike is easy to master and requires no hiking skills or special hiking equipment.
Hiking routes to the Riffel Lake
Various hiking routes on the Gornergrat lead past Lake Riffelsee. The routes can be combined as desired. The Gornergrat Bahn serves various stations along the way.
The hike from Gornergrat, above Zermatt, via Rotenboden, Riffelsee to Riffelberg is particularly recommended. On the Gornergrat (3089 m), a dream panorama of the Gorner Glacier and the Valais 4000 m peaks awaits – including the Matterhorn.
Video Riffel Lake in Zermatt – Matterhorn’s mirror image!
Riffel lake is the most beautiful of photographic subjects, with reflection of the Matterhorn…
Video Gornergrat and Riffel Lake
The stone triangle, considered the most beautiful mountain in the world, is reflected in the water of the small mountain lake with its woolly grass-covered shore…
Video Landscape Photography – Riffelsee for sunrise in Zermatt
Early start to get to the Riffelsee to take photos at sunrise…