This trail through a pristine alpine landscape offers the ultimate contrast to daily routine at lower altitudes. The play of light and shadow among the clouds in the sky, the distant horizons and the view of the highest mountains in the Alps invariably inspire visitors. “I’m coming back,” they say. “One day. For sure.” This is a pleasant and relaxing path, and does not require a good head for heights.
- On the Riffelhorn: climbing routes for experts
- View of the Matterhorn
- Wealth of alpine flora
With a bit of luck, you can see marmots whistling while they fill themselves full for the coming winter.
A little above Riffelberg is also the venue where the famous Eagle Cup Golf Tournament takes place.
Rest StopBuffet & Bar Riffelberg
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - Panoramaself
- 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.
Caution! In spring the path may not be passable because of snow.
Getting thereZermatt 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.
ParkingTäsch 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”.
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- Good footwear
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)