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Riffelalp chapel, “Herz Jesu”

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  • The chapel stands a short way from Zermatt’s Riffelalp Resort hotel.
    / The chapel stands a short way from Zermatt’s Riffelalp Resort hotel.
    Photo: Kurt Müller, Kurt Müller
  • / Popular photo subject: The chapel with the Matterhorn in the background.

This elegant chapel stands alone, a little way from the Riffelalp Resort hotel, high above Zermatt at 2,222 m. The private chapel of the Seiler family of hoteliers welcomes visitors to mass on Saturdays during the summer.

The chapel at Riffelalp was built by Alexander Seiler and his wife Catharine Seiler-Cathrein in 1886, and was dedicated on 3 July 1887. It is still in the private ownership of the Seiler family and is only partly accessible. This rather handsome house of God with its recessed choir, small bell tower and small canopy over the entrance is whitewashed, and is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Two commemorative plaques honouring the founders with dedications in French are attached to the exterior wall left and right of the entrance doors. The chapel has various neo-Gothic features such as the altar, the pointed arched windows and the choir arch.

Still the chapel of the Seiler hotelier family
The main figure on the altar, a Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, is flanked by statues of the Mother of God and (presumably) St Rita. Two stained-glass windows showing the Mother of God and St Joseph allow light into the choir. The windows in the nave are made of clear glass. Decorations and commemorative plaques for various members of the Seiler family adorn the walls.

  • Popular chapel for weddings
  • About 15 minutes’ walk from the Riffelalp station of the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway
  • Close to the hiking trails and ski pistes
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Updated: July 03, 2019

Coordinates

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46.000371, 7.751147
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46°00'01.3"N 7°45'04.1"E
UTM
32T 403299 5094846
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Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
4.1 km
1:30 h
35 m
581 m
3 km
1:00 h
72 m
73 m
3.4 km
0:50 h
3 m
367 m
4.2 km
1:45 h
28 m
563 m
12.8 km
1:40 h
350 m
1613 m
7.5 km
0:50 h
103 m
456 m
6.3 km
3:00 h
928 m
63 m
63.9 km
17:30 h
4191 m
4180 m
83.9 km
32:10 h
5697 m
5865 m
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Riffelalp chapel, “Herz Jesu”


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moderate
5.9 km
1:30 h
9 m
607 m
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4.1 km
1:30 h
35 m
581 m
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Easy round-trip hike on Riffelalp
moderate
3 km
1:00 h
72 m
73 m
This easy, 3-kilometre long hike lets you experience the beauty of the Swiss stone pine and larch forest plus a view over the Matterhorn and with a ...
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Mark Twain Trail (Nr. 18)
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3.4 km
0:50 h
3 m
367 m
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Winter hiking · Zermatt
Riffelalp-Winkelmatten (Nr. 114)
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4.2 km
1:45 h
28 m
563 m
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Mountainbiking · Zermatt
Hohtälli Bike Tour (Nr. 27)
S0 easy
12.8 km
1:40 h
350 m
1613 m
This trail is suitable for both bikers and e-bikers. Most of the ascent is covered by rail, but if you want to reach the very top – the Hohtälli – ...
1
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Mountainbiking · Zermatt
Blauherd-Riffelalp Bike Tour (Nr. 23)
S0 moderate
7.5 km
0:50 h
103 m
456 m
This route is not technically challenging, but the mountain views are incredible.
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Regional hiking trail · Switzerland
Swiss Topwalk (Nr. 23)
difficult
6.3 km
3:00 h
928 m
63 m
Keen runners use the Swiss Topwalk as a training course. Regular hikers, too, enjoy the trail, which begins gently in the forest before leading ...
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moderate
10.2 km
3:30 h
341 m
428 m
A hike from the Sunnegga passing 4 lovely alpine lakes with reflection of the Matterhorn und possibilities to have a swim. The hike goes throug a ...
1
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Long distance hiking trail · Zermatt
The Matterhorn Trek
moderate
63.9 km
17:30 h
4191 m
4180 m
Hut trekking in the mountain paradise surrounding Zermatt leads over Alpine meadows and up into the high Alpine landscape. In 4 to 6-hour stages, ...
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Long distance hiking trail · Switzerland
High-Altitude Trail
difficult
83.9 km
32:10 h
5697 m
5865 m
The Höhenweg (high-altitude trail) brings hikers to the most beautiful locations in the mountains around Zermatt. Highlights include Höhbalmen and ...
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