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Grünsee

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  • Grünsee
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    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
  • / Grünsee
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen
  • / 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

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Updated: December 05, 2018

Coordinates

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46.005600, 7.785700
DMS
46°00'20.2"N 7°47'08.5"E
UTM
32T 405983 5095386
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Routes to this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
9.8 km
2:30 h
165 m
454 m
5 km
1:45 h
38 m
821 m
7.5 km
0:50 h
103 m
457 m
8.9 km
0:35 h
72 m
1,326 m
26.6 km
6:05 h
1,890 m
1,000 m
10.6 km
3:45 h
600 m
600 m
12.1 km
1:25 h
313 m
641 m
6.4 km
2:20 h
146 m
236 m
89.3 km
32:10 h
5,749 m
5,921 m
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  • 12 Routes nearby
Top moderate
9.8 km
2:30 h
165 m
454 m

The 5 Lakes Walk  is in a class of its own among hikes in the Zermatt mountains. The views of the mountain lakes are superb (with the Matterhorn ...

4
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Top difficult
5 km
1:45 h
38 m
821 m

The Path of Silence is a treat for all seeking tranquillity. The trail leads from the Gornergrat down into a still, forgotten valley that offers a ...

from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Mountain biking · Zermatt
Blauherd-Riffelalp Bike Tour (Nr. 23)
Top S0 moderate
7.5 km
0:50 h
103 m
457 m

This route is not technically challenging, but the mountain views are incredible.

from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Top 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
from Delia Inniger,   Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Top moderate
7.7 km
3:00 h
237 m
326 m

Der Winter Wonder Trail ist eine verkürzte Winterversion der beliebten 5-Seen-Wanderung im Sommer. 

from Delia Inniger,   Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Mountain biking · Zermatt
Kelle-Lauberen Bike Tour (Nr. 2)
Top S4 difficult
8.9 km
0:35 h
72 m
1,326 m

This route is suitable for experienced mountain bikers, as the single-track path winds its way down some steep slopes and includes a few serpentines.

1
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Top difficult
26.6 km
6:05 h
1,890 m
1,000 m

Leg 8 follows the Europaweg, a smooth single track trail above the Matter Valley. This is a fast-moving stage leading you towards the Matterhorn ...

1
from Valais/Wallis Promotion,   Valais/Wallis Promotion
Hiking trail · Switzerland
5 Seen-Runde in Zermatt
Premium moderate
10.6 km
3:45 h
600 m
600 m

Eine großartige und erlebnisreiche Tour mit Weltklassepanorama oberhalb von Zermatt

20
from Hartmut Wimmer,   Outdooractive Premium
Mountain biking · Zermatt
4 Lakes Bike Tour (Nr. 29)
Top S0 easy
12.1 km
1:25 h
313 m
641 m

From Blauherd station, the route goes down to the four mountain lakes: Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee and Moosjisee. Each of the four lakes has ...

from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Snowshoeing · Zermatt
Winter Wonder Trail (Nr. 146)
Top moderate
6.4 km
2:20 h
146 m
236 m

Its name says it all. Starting at the Riffelalp viewing terrace, it goes through forests and along sun-kissed paths to the gourmet hotspot of Findeln.

1
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Top moderate closed
7.9 km
3:15 h
1 m
887 m

This walk takes you away from the more frequented trails on the Gornergrat.  The Path of Silence leads hikers to a seldom-visited valley and to the ...

from Gornergrat Bahn,   Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Multi-day hike
High-Altitude Trail
Top difficult
89.3 km
32:10 h
5,749 m
5,921 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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