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Grünsee

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  • Grünsee
    / Grünsee
    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 through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
8.8 km
0:35 h
72 m
1326 m
7.5 km
0:50 h
103 m
456 m
5 km
1:45 h
15 m
803 m
9.8 km
2:30 h
165 m
454 m
10.6 km
3:45 h
600 m
600 m
12.1 km
1:22 h
336 m
663 m
11.5 km
1:05 h
152 m
990 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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Mountainbiking · Zermatt
Kelle Bike Tour (Nr. 2)
S4 difficult
8.8 km
0:35 h
72 m
1326 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
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.
from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
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 Valentin Schmidt,   Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Regional hiking trail · Switzerland
Path of Silence (Nr. 24)
difficult
5 km
1:45 h
15 m
803 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
Theme trail · Zermatt
5 Lakes Walk (Nr. 11)
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
difficult
26.6 km
6:05 h
1890 m
1000 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
moderate
10.6 km
3:45 h
600 m
600 m
Eine großartige und erlebnisreiche Tour mit weltklasse Panorama oberhalb von Zermatt.
20
from Hartmut Wimmer,   Outdooractive Editors
Mountainbiking · Zermatt
4 Lakes Bike Tour (Nr. 29)
S0 easy
12.1 km
1:22 h
336 m
663 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
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
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, ...
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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