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Tobogganing

Rotenboden toboggan run

Tobogganing · Switzerland
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  • Tobogganing on the Rotenboden sledge run
    / Tobogganing on the Rotenboden sledge run
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Gornergrat Bahn
  • / The toboggan run on the Gornergrat is not only the Alps’ highest but also one of the most beautiful.
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Ride on the Gornergrat Bahn cog train to Rotenboden – with the Matterhorn (4,478 m) always in sight
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Bernhard Lochmatter
  • / Tobogganing fun for people of all ages
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, co-o-peration
  • / Schlittelspass auf Rotenboden
    Video: Zermatt Tourismus
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The toboggan run on the Gornergrat is not only the Alps’ highest but also one of the most beautiful. Zermatt’s mountain panorama with the Matterhorn offers the ultimate setting for sledging. The thrilling run lasts about 10 minutes.
easy
1.5 km
0:10 h
1 m
233 m

A real treat for guests of all ages: ten minutes of cries of joy, pure pleasure, endless snow and high thrills. The descent from Rotenboden to Riffelberg covers 234 vertical metres, barely leaving time to admire the glorious mountain views.

  • Cog train services every 10 minutes
  • Sledge run prepared daily
  • Appropriate for families with children

Author’s recommendation

For experienced riders, Ghosky toboggans are available for hire at Rotenboden station. These are faster than normal sledges, but also harder to steer.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 19, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2815 m
Lowest point
2582 m
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Rest Stop

Buffet & Bar Riffelberg
Riffelhaus 1853

Safety information

  • Please be considerate to others on the toboggan run.
  • Adapt riding and speed to your ability and the conditions.
  • Small children must always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Do not leave the marked trails.
  • It is forbidden to toboggan on the ski pistes.

Tips, hints and links

Prices & further information

Start

Rotenboden (2,815 m) (2814 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.984496, 7.765205
DMS
45°59'04.2"N 7°45'54.7"E
UTM
32T 404360 5093066
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Destination

Riffelberg (2,582 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Rotenboden - Riffelberg

From Riffelberg, cog trains of the Gornergrat Bahn depart about every 10 minutes for the ride back up to Rotenboden.

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
45.984496, 7.765205
DMS
45°59'04.2"N 7°45'54.7"E
UTM
32T 404360 5093066
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Toboggan (rental from Rotenboden summit station)
  • Warm winter clothing with gloves and hat
  • Warm, waterproof footwear
  • Helmet, where appropriate

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.5 km
Duration
0:10h
Ascent
1 m
Descent
233 m
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