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Riffelberg mountain station

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Riffelberg – a charming blend of history and spectacular scenery. Up on the Riffelberg (2,582 m), visitors enjoy a grandstand view of the alpine world, complete with the Matterhorn and many other 4,000-metre peaks. It was here that Zermatt’s first mountain hotel opened.

The name Riffelberg refers to the high slopes below the Gornergrat. The vantage point is one of the finest in Zermatt. The summit of the Matterhorn is just 7,500 metres away as the crow flies. Visitors feel exceptionally close to the mountain, yet far enough to appreciate details of the east face, the Hörnligrat ridge, parts of the north face, the hump of the Zmuttgrat ridge – and admire the mountain in all its glory. The “Hore” (as the Matterhorn is known in the local dialect) towers about 1,500 vertical metres above the horizon, solitary and majestic – which is what makes the view so impressive.

Historic location
The Riffelberg is home to Zermatt’s oldest mountain hotel. It opened in 1855 as the Riffelhaus, later changing its name to the Hotel Riffelberg – as it is still called today. As the Gornergrat Bahn had not yet been built, people and mules had to carry up all the building materials. In the 19th century, the world’s most famous mountain climbers stayed here, along with many members of British high society. Zermatt’s tradition of mountain guiding also has its origins here. The guides accompanied their guests to many of the surrounding peaks, such as the Monte Rosa (first ascent in 1855). That climb was led by Charles Hudson, who subsequently lost his life during the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865. Portraits immortalising many of Zermatt’s most celebrated mountain guides hang on the walls of the hotel.

Mark Twain and the Riffelberg
In 1878, the American writer Mark Twain visited Zermatt. The bustling activity in the village and up in the mountains inspired him to write a humorous and biting satirical narrative (see “Reading”, below).

All year

  • Photo subjects: Matterhorn, Obergabelhorn, Weisshorn

Summer

  • Hiking trails
  • Wealth of flora
  • Restaurants, waiter-served and self-service

Winter

  • Direct access to the ski pistes
  • Restaurant, waiter-served and self-service
  • Winter hiking trails
  • End of toboggan/sledge run

Reading
“Climbing the Riffelberg – Riffelberg-Besteigung”, by Mark Twain, published by Dorfpresse, 8135 Langnau a.A., 1967. Bilingual English/German, ISBN 3-905480-02-6

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Updated: May 17, 2018

Coordinates

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45.992920, 7.755049
DMS
45°59'34.5"N 7°45'18.2"E
UTM
32T 403588 5094014
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Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
6.2 km
1:50 h
123 m
838 m
3.4 km
0:50 h
3 m
367 m
1.5 km
0:10 h
1 m
233 m
21.2 km
2:30 h
1601 m
1601 m
11.5 km
1:05 h
152 m
990 m
2.4 km
1:00 h
19 m
252 m
2.5 km
1:30 h
22 m
259 m
11.7 km
0:40 h
5 m
1490 m
3 km
1:00 h
62 m
296 m
3.2 km
1:05 h
18 m
519 m
6.3 km
3:00 h
928 m
63 m
83.9 km
32:10 h
5697 m
5865 m
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Riffelberg mountain station

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Phone +41 848 642 442 Fax +41 27 927 77 79

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Theme trail · Switzerland
Glacier Garden Trail (Nr. 17)
difficult
6.2 km
1:50 h
123 m
838 m
The Gorner Glacier sculpted this landscape over many millennia. Today, hikers marvel at the polished rocks and boulders, the ice of the glacier ...
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Hiking trail · Zermatt
Mark Twain Trail (Nr. 18)
moderate
3.4 km
0:50 h
3 m
367 m
On the trail of the American writer Mark Twain: a pleasant walk on the Riffelberg with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn. In his satirical ...
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Tobogganing · Switzerland
Rotenboden toboggan run
easy
1.5 km
0:10 h
1 m
233 m
The toboggan run on the Gornergrat is not only the Alps’ highest but also one of the most beautiful. Zermatt’s mountain panorama with the ...
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Theme trail · Switzerland
Wolli and the Climate Detectives
easy
21.2 km
2:30 h
1601 m
1601 m
This playful exploration of climate phenomena is fun for the whole family. The Zermatt children’s mascot, Wolli, lends a hand. The trip starts off ...
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Mountainbiking · Zermatt
Panorama Bike Tour (Nr. 28)
S0 easy
11.5 km
1:05 h
152 m
990 m
This route starts on the Gornergrat (3,089 m). The first 1,500 metres takes you into the village and along the way, you’ll find mountain lakes, ...
1
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Winter hiking · Zermatt
Rotenboden-Riffelberg (Nr. 113)
easy
2.4 km
1:00 h
19 m
252 m
The winter views here are some of the finest in the Zermatt region. The trail leads below the shady Riffelhorn and back into dazzling sunshine, ...
1
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Snowshoeing · Zermatt
Panorama Trail (Nr. 142)
moderate
2.5 km
1:30 h
22 m
259 m
This snowshoe trail leads to some magically beautiful spots between Rotenboden and Riffelberg. Along the way it passes the frozen Riffelsee, ...
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Mountainbiking · Zermatt
Gornergrat Classic Bike Tour (Nr. 1)
S3 difficult
11.7 km
0:40 h
5 m
1490 m
Here, one highlight is quickly followed by another - first, you enjoy the fantastic views on the Gorner Glacier, then admire the reflection of the ...
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Regional hiking trail · Switzerland
Riffelsee Lake Trail (Nr. 21)
easy
3 km
1:00 h
62 m
296 m
This path leads to a photographic site in a class of its own: the Riffelsee with reflection of the Matterhorn, a small rock in the little lake, ...
3
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Regional hiking trail · Switzerland
Sun Trail (Nr. 22)
moderate
3.2 km
1:05 h
18 m
519 m
Here, the spirit finds space, freedom and relaxation. The view of the distant horizons, with the panorama of peaks including the Matterhorn, is ...
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
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 ...
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
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 ...
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
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