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360° Loop Gornergrat (Nr. 16)

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  • Impressive scenic panorama around the Gornergrat
    / Impressive scenic panorama around the Gornergrat
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Journey with the Gornergrat Railway to the starting point
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Toni Mohr
  • / In the background the Monte Rosa massif with Switzerland’s highest mountain (Dufourspitze, 4,634 m),
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Gaudenz Danuser
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The Gornergrat is one of Switzerland’s top excursions with good reason. This short circular route lets visitors experience the magic of the Gornergrat and the impressive scenic panorama.
easy
0.5 km
0:20 h
26 m
26 m

The view from the 360° Loop Gornergrat is extremely memorable: before you lie the Monte Rosa massif with Switzerland’s highest mountain (Dufourspitze, 4,634 m), the second highest glacier in the Alps (Gorner glacier) and a panorama with 29 mountains over 4,000 metres, including the Matterhorn, all close enough to touch.

The short high-altitude hiking trail starts and ends at the Gornergrat viewing platform and runs behind the Gornergrat peak. With a little luck you will see wild ibex.

  • accessible for prams and buggies
  • accessible for accompanied wheelchairs only
  • 33-minute ride from Zermatt to the Gornergrat with the Gornergrat railway
  • beneath the viewing platform: 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat (highest hotel in the Swiss Alps)

Author’s recommendation

There are free Viscopes available on the viewing platform, which is where the high-altitude hiking trail starts and ends.  These are viewing telescopes which display information, such as the names of mountains, villages and trails, in the user’s field of vision. Enjoy exploring the Gornergrat!

 

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Updated: February 18, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
3130 m
Lowest point
3112 m
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Rest Stop

3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - "VIS-À-VIS"
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - Panoramaself

Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Tips, hints and links

Ticket for the trip to the Gornergrat

Start

Gornergrat (3'100 m) (3111 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.983171, 7.783863
DMS
45°58'59.4"N 7°47'01.9"E
UTM
32T 405803 5092896
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Destination

Gornergrat (3'100 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Around the viewing platform on Gornergrat

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

 

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

 

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

 

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

DD
45.983171, 7.783863
DMS
45°58'59.4"N 7°47'01.9"E
UTM
32T 405803 5092896
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

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Marek Benes 
September 27, 2019 · Community
Done at September 21, 2019

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
0.5 km
Duration
0:20h
Ascent
26 m
Descent
26 m
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