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Gornergrat–Monte Rose Bahn

  • Bahnhofpl. 7 Map It
  • Brig
  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

Published 04/20/2014

Fodor's Review

It's quite simple to gain the broader perspective of high altitudes without risking life or limb. A train trip on the Gornergrat Bahn functions as an excursion as well as a ski transport. Part of its rail system was completed in 1898, and it's the highest open-air rail system in Europe (the tracks to the Jungfraujoch, though higher, bore through the face of the Eiger). It connects out of the main Zermatt train station and heads sharply left, at a right angle to the track that brings you into town. Its stop at the Riffelberg, at 8,469 feet, presents wide-open views of the Matterhorn. Farther on, from Rotenboden, at 9,246 feet, a short downhill walk leads to the Riffelsee, which obligingly provides photographers a postcard-perfect reflection of the famous peak. At the end of the 9-km (5½-mile) line, the train stops at the summit station of Gornergrat, at 10,266 feet, and passengers pour onto the observation terraces to take in the majestic views of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Gorner Glacier, and an expanse of peaks and glaciers. Make sure to bring warm clothes, sunglasses, and sturdy shoes, especially if you're planning to ski or hike down.

Sight Information


Bahnhofpl. 7, Brig, Valais, 3900, Switzerland

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Sight Details:

  • 94 SF round-trip, 47 SF one way

Published 04/20/2014


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