Riffel Lake – a magical place with a reflective view

Valais

The serene silence of the mountains envelops Lake Riffel. The breathtaking reflection of the Matterhorn, on the tranquil waters creates a mesmerizing display. Gazing at the Matterhorn the iconic peak that stands proudly against the horizon is truly awe inspiring. Above it stretches nothing but the expanse of the universe – a view that etches itself into memory forever.

Riffel Lake - a magical place with a reflective view

Riffel Lake – a magical place with a reflective view

The east face of the Matterhorn is reflected in Lake Riffel

The Riffel Lake, situated at an elevation of 2770 meters is a must visit spot, for anyone exploring Zermatt. On days the majestic Matterhorn mountain reflects beautifully on the tranquil surface of this lake a sight that has graced many smartphone wallpapers. The enchanting photo opportunities arise during twilight when the breeze calms and the Matterhorns reflection becomes more vivid. Mornings and evenings offer lighting conditions for capturing moments.

Nestled below the “Rotenboden” station of the Gornergrat Railway this mountain lake is easily accessible. To reach it from Zermatt board the Gornergrat Railway to Rotenboden, which’s the to last stop before reaching Gornergrat. A leisurely 10 minute hike down, from the station leads you to the lake. The descent is gentle and straightforward requiring no hiking skills or 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…

Riffelsee Zermatt - Matterhorn's most beautiful mirror image!

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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…

Gornergrat und Riffelsee

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Video Landscape Photography – Riffelsee for sunrise in Zermatt

Early start to get to the Riffelsee to take photos at sunrise…

Landscape Photography - Riffelsee for sunrise in Zermatt, Switzerland

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