How to Enjoy a Magical Winter at Gornergrat
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How to Enjoy a Magical Winter at Gornergrat

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Embrace the winter wonderland of Gornergrat: scenic hikes, snowshoe adventures, and mouthwatering meals on sun-drenched terraces. Get your adrenaline pumping with exhilarating sled rides and make sure to snap breathtaking photos of the majestic Matterhorn at every opportunity.

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Welcome to Zermatt, the charming mountain village that turns into one of the world's most spectacular winter wonderlands. From Zermatt, the Gornergrat Railway takes you up the Gornergrat ridge - a journey full of panoramic views that feature the Matterhorn peak all throughout.

A winter trip to Gornergrat invites you to enjoy hikes and snow-shoe tours amidst the pristine nature, followed by delightful meals on one of the many sunny terraces. For those seeking more excitement, you shouldn't miss the chance to experience exhilarating sled runs down the highest slopes in the Alps.

This year, Gornergrat Railway is celebrating its 125th anniversary, which makes it an extra special time to visit. Join exciting events or participate in the photography competition for a chance to win two Zermatt-Gornergrat return tickets every month.

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Hike down Gornergrat’s Wintry Trails

Hiking from Rotenboden to Riffelalp © Gornergrat Railway


Between the Gornergrat and the Riffelberg stations, you will encounter the starting or finishing points for various trails that are safe to experience in winter.

Out of the several hiking options at Gornergrat, we highly suggest taking the tranquil path from Rotenboden to Riffelalp

If you're pressed for time, you can simply indulge in a delightful winter's day on a sunny terrace, and then make your way down through the Swiss pine forest (Arvenwald) to Zermatt from the Riffelalp.


Snowshoe your Way to Unrivaled Winter Panoramas

 The Matterhorn seems so close when you put on the snowshoes © Gornergrat Railway


Exploring Gornergrat through hiking is a delight, although, during winter, only a few trails remain accessible. So if you want to take a quieter, more snow-covered route, why not strap on your snowshoes and take a snowshoe tour on Gornergrat?

Choose between two snowshoeing routes on Gornergrat or even combine both tours if you are the sportier type. Worry not about safety, as these tours are constantly monitored and you can keep the path by following the pink poles along the way.


ZOOOM the Matterhorn - See. Feel. Marvel. An interactive exhibition

Experience the awe-inspiring winter landscapes and step into "ZOOOM the Matterhorn - See. Feel. Marvel." This interactive exhibition offers a true adventure for you and your family.

Discover periscopes that showcase the route of the first ascent on Matterhorn, a 3D cinema where you can immerse yourself in the winter storms, and augmented reality that guides you through a breathtaking paragliding flight exploring the entire Matterhorn region.

Immersing in the Matterhorn world at ZOOOM the Matterhorn © Gornergrat Railway


Best thing about the 'ZOOOM the Matterhorn' interactive exhibition? You get a close-up view of one of Switzerland's most iconic landmarks and the price is included in the ticket price when Gornergrat is the starting or ending station on your journey.

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Turn up the Fun on the Sledding Slope

Unlimited fun on the sledding slope from Rotenboden to Riffelberg © Gornergrat Railway


Don't feel like skiing? No problem. The sled run from Rotenboden to Riffelberg is as exhilarating as hitting the slopes. It is the highest in the Alps but also one of the most breathtaking.

When the snow builds up in late December or early January, the slope opens at Rotenboden station and slides down 300 meters to Riffelberg. Once you get at the Riffelberg station, you can take the train up to Rotenboden to enjoy another ride. And to make the most of your day, we recommend getting a Sledding daypass for several rides down the sledding slope. 

Our tip: rent a Snooc at the Rotenboden station and experience the latest trend in alpine sledding. A Snooc is a seat fixed onto a short ski, which you can steer with your weight or your legs and it’s great fun for everyone. 


Enjoy Spectacular Skiing

Skiing is even more thrilling next to the Matterhorn © Gornergrat Railway


The Gornergrat sits right in the heart of Zermatt’s skiing area. When you take the Gornergrat railway you get straight from Zermatt station to the skiing area

The Zermatt ski pass lets you use the Gornergrat Bahn for an unlimited period of time.

Plus, Gornergrat is fun even for non-skiers, with its multiple sunny terraces to sip coffee or have lunch with a panoramic view.

Our tip: The blue and red pistes from Gornergrat to Riffelberg are ideal spots to introduce your kids to the fun of skiing.


Stop by the Igloo Village for a Fondue Treat

Treat yourself with a cheese fondue snack © Gornergrat Railway


On the mountain, spots to refill and recharge are a must, whether you're skiing, snowshoeing or on the winter hiking trail. That's why you should absolutely drop by the Igloo Village, the perfect place to take a break.

It has everything for a refreshing lunchtime stop: beer or mulled wine, delicious fondue, great music and cheerful vibes.

Where can you find the Igloo Village? From Rotenboden station, take the winter hiking trail at the right of the railway line (looking down into the valley) and walk 15 minutes to the location. 

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Leave the city behind and enjoy some peace in the mountains

It's no surprise: winter in Switzerland is best in the mountains, on the ski slopes. But there are so many other enchanting places to see. Let us introduce you to our selection of winter destinations in Switzerland. 

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