Don’t miss this panoramic hike from Zermatt to Gornergrat over to Riffel Lake with the famous reflection of the Matterhorn. Switzerland offers so much for nature lovers and hikers who look for thrilling and soul-healing views and can’t wait to once again reconnect with nature. More than anything, it provides variety, almost too much for indecisive and “on the fence” backpackers who are planning on their next trip. Let us help you with the planning part, as here we will give you all the information you need about one fantastic medium-difficulty route.
One of the most magnificent backdrops in the Alps and the best spotlight on Switzerland’s landmark are combined with relatively little effort on this tour. The unmistakable view of the “Toblerone peak” combined with its reflection in one of the lakes is undoubtedly the most famous panorama in Switzerland.
Despite the fame of this location and the easy accessibility with the Gornergratbahn, this hike is relatively quiet in parts and impresses with the path above the glaciers of the Monte Rosa massif. The tour described can be shortened or extended as desired (e.g. ascent/descent to Zermatt).
Directions for the panoramic hike at Gornergrat to Riffel Lake with the famous Reflection on the Matterhorn
From the Rotenboden station (2815m) about 50 meters downhill in the direction of Lake RIffel (Riffelsee). Here you pass the lake shore (see photo tip). From Riffelsee take the well-maintained hiking trail in the direction of the (New) Monte Rosa Hut.
The path leads along the massive glacier tongue of the Gorner glacier for a few hundred meters. After about 2km at the junction (2694m) turn left uphill towards Gornergrat or Hohtälli.
Photo tips that will make your Instagram pop – eastern flank of the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa massif
For many, the most beautiful photo motif is the eastern flank of the Matterhorn and its reflection in the Riffelsee. The Gornergratbahn and the walk around the Riffelsee are often crowded. It is worth taking the very first train in the morning to Rotenboden station, if possible, or staying in the area after the train closes.
From the ridge to Hohtälli, our view sweeps south over the Monte Rosa massif and monumental ice walls and glacier formations. Impressive shots can be taken with both wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
An equally beautiful alternative to Gornergrat/Riffelsee is the Sunnegga/Blauherd summit station with a short and easy hike (about 1km) to Stellisee.
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More information about your Matterhorn – Zermatt hiking adventure (Gornergrat – Riffelsee – photo spot)
How to get there by public transport: By train via Visp to Täsch and further by train to the center of Zermatt.
How to get by car: From Visp road to Täsch, park here and change to train or cab. Zermatt is car-free.
Start/finish: Station Rotenboden (coordinates: geogr. 45.983143, 7.782913, UTM 32T 405729 5092894)
Highest point/lowest point: 3273m/2635m
Hike difficulty level: medium
Special features: Alternative route via Sunnega cable car (5-lake hike)
Meals: Hohtälli, Gornergrat, Rotenboden
Further tips: If the Gornergrat cable car is fully booked, the tour can alternatively be started and finished with the Furi-Riffelberg cable car from Riffelberg (2565m). Another alternative is the 5-lake web from Blauherd.
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Hi, i am Marius, i love exploring the mountains and nature. Friends say, i know the mountains better than most locals, but actually i get lost all the time while photographing ;). Read more about the Mountain Moments Team.