The Grünsee lies in a bare mountain landscape on the north slopes of the Gornergrat. In the background, left, the pinnacle of the Matterhorn.
Photo: Michael Portmann, Michael Portmann
Grünsee above Zermatt: idyllic setting with a partial view of the Matterhorn (upper left).
Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
The Grünsee lake above Zermatt is popular for swimming.
Photo: Holger Knecht, Holger Knecht
The Grünsee (2,300 m) is the perfect spot to stop and relax along a walk – for a picnic and swim, while enjoying views of the Matterhorn.
The water of the Grünsee (“green lake”) is indeed green, but rather cold as it is fed by the surrounding mountain springs. Geology enthusiasts will find a variety of interesting rock formations here in a former glacial landscape. The alpine flora is particularly rich, with small patches of moorland.
Wealth of alpine flora
Photo subjects: many 4,000-metre peaks including the Weisshorn, Matterhorn, Obergabelhorn
Accessible via Gornergrat Bahn cog railway (Riffelalp or Riffelberg station)
Accessible via Rothorn (Sunnegga or Rothorn stations)
No dedicated swimming facilities
Reading “Alpine flowers around Zermatt”, by Hanspeter Steidle, published by edition punktuell, Herisau, 2009. Bilingual German/English, ISBN 978-3-905724-15-8