Day 6: Nachster Halt – Gornergrat
Similar to the Rothorn, the Gornergrat is another peak in Zermatt that is accessible by public transportation; you don’t need to hike to the top. Its 10,285 ft / 3,135 meters above sea level. Instead of cable cars, it’s a nice train ride to the top.
The Gornergrat is closer to the mountains and glaciers than the Rothorn. There is a hotel in the last station and so hiking paths to last you a week. Once at the top, you’ll have the view of the Grenz and Gorner glaciers without wearing any crampons.
Hey, see that highest peak in the photo below… I was just there! Feels great to say that haha. Breithorn. And the little “spike” to the right is the Klein Matterhorn station. So you know that trekking from there and back is about 4 hours. Now you have an idea of this piece of Earth in the photo.
At the top station, there is a restaurant, hotel, and gift shops. It is here that I spotted the largest Matterhorn chocolate in the world.
You can just explore for hours and enjoy the cool weather and views. The Matterhorn is still in view and always makes a good background for photos.
One station before the Gornergrat station is called Rotenboden. Whether you walk there or take the train back one stop is up to you. But I think it is here where you can find the best lake Matterhorn photo. This lake is called Riffelsee.
And you know it had to be done…
There are trails all around. From time to time, you’ll come across benches. I think that the Swiss strategically placed benches throughout the trails to inform the hiker to sit down, rest, eat a chocolate, and enjoy the views.
I wish that I was in Zermatt for at least a week. There is so much more than the touristy spots and a few trails. This will be the last time I see you Matterhorn. Thanks for not being shy and hiding in clouds all day.
Once back down from Gornergrat to Zermatt village, after a long day and relaxing at the hotel pool and hot tub, we dined at the Bubble Bar & Restaurant; perhaps the best food we’ve had in Zermatt thus far. Then we packed our bags and went to sleep early.
Goodbye Zermatt, and hello Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Grindelwald, Shilthorn, and Jungfrau! Stay tuned for Day 7, 8, and 9.