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Peak Collection Rothorn (Nr. 10)

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  • Peak Collection on the Rothorn (3,103 m)
    / Peak Collection on the Rothorn (3,103 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
  • / Arriving by cable car at the Rothorn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Leander Wenger
  • / Info panel on the Dent d'Hérens (4,171 m) and behind it, view of the Matterhorn (4,478 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Leander Wenger
m 3400 3300 3200 3100 500 400 300 200 100 m Rothorn Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria

The Peak Collection is a permanent art exhibition at the summit of the Rothorn. It shows the creative reponse of the Zermatt mountain guides to their iconic peak.
easy
0.5 km
0:30 h
29 m
29 m

The open-air exhibition of the Peak Collection offers mountain enthusiasts a new view of the alpine world. Mountain guides carried stones from the summits of the mountains portrayed and articulated their own experiences of each peak in individual texts that carry their signatures. Stones, words and images come together through the work of the mountain guide Willy Taugwalder. The sculptures are arranged in a 100-metre circle around the Restaurant Rothorn and evoke the character of the different mountains.

  • 18 metal sculptures, each dedicated to one or two mountains
  • Texts by the mountain guides and information on the height of each mountain, date of first ascent with names of climbers in German, French, English, Japanese
  • Appropriate for children from age 4

Author’s recommendation

A special experience is combining the excursion with a sunrise ride.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 18, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3100 m
Lowest point
3086 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria

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.

Start

Rothorn (3,103 m) (3100 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.021273, 7.797586
DMS
46°01'16.6"N 7°47'51.3"E
UTM
32T 406930 5097113
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Destination

Rothorn (3,103 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Around the Rothorn, in a 100-metre circle around the Restaurant Rothorn

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
46.021273, 7.797586
DMS
46°01'16.6"N 7°47'51.3"E
UTM
32T 406930 5097113
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Themen erwandern in Zermatt", Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, Eigenverlag, Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, ISBN 978-3-905756-68-5. Erhältlich bei den Zermatt Bergbahnen AG im Shop auf Matterhorn glacier paradise, via E-Mail info@matterhornparadise.ch oder per Telefon auf +41 (0)27 966 01 01.

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

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

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
0.5 km
Duration
0:30h
Ascent
29 m
Descent
29 m
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